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Top 100 Children’s Novels #37: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

#37 The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (2007) 53 points Don’t know if this qualifies as a children’s—it’s kind of on the border between middle grade and YA, but it’s one of my favorite books of all time so I’m including it. There’s so much going on, and Schmidt has the wonderful capacity to […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #44: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

#44 Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (2011) 45 points Can’t get this book out of my head. There’s not one big lobbing story arc here. It’s a rollercoaster. Very high highs immediately followed by the lowest of lows. Coming in rapid fire. At one point I involuntarily yelled “noooooooooooo” right out loud. You […]

Phasing the Gatekeepers

According to all reliable sources a hurricane is about to wipe out the city of New York and all its denizens therein.  With that in mind I feel it is time to ponder the ponderable.  We’re all gatekeepers here, yes?  Librarians, parents, teachers, etc.  Our job, as we see it, is to separate the wheat […]

Review of the Day: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-15260-8 Ages 10-14 On shelves April 18th There are three kinds of literary sequels for kids out there. First, you have the sequel that is so intricately tied into the plot of the first book that not a […]