The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

February 13th, 2015 by

wednesday-wars-gary-schmidt-book-reviewSubmitted by Zodie, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The Wednesday wars is a phenomenal book because it is so funny,romantic and crazy.Holling Hoodhood is just starting a new school and he thinks his teacher hates him but,after things escalate some he realizes that she doesn’t.

Middle School, Get Me Out Of Here by James Patterson

December 12th, 2014 by

Middle School Get Me Out of Here_James-PattersonSubmitted by Austin, Age 12 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Have you ever wanted to survive middle school ?
one kid named Rafe is trying his hardest in middle school Rafe is having a hard time with bullies and the boss of the school . Maybe Rafe can have a chance to survive and make it out?

I Funny: Middle School Story by James Patterson

December 1st, 2014 by

I FunnySubmitted by Harley, Age 10 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I like this book because it just brings you right into the middle of the story. There are some funny and fun parts in the story. It is all about funny things.

Kidsmomo Podcast #54: “Rule the School”

September 20th, 2011 by

Sorry, folks. Labor Day has come and gone. So say goodbye to summer barbecues, beach parties, and sleep-away camp. And hello to lockers, textbooks, and cafeteria mystery meat. Sigh…

But school doesn’t have to be all bad! You could discover a secret society, meet a girl named Hamlet, try shoofly pie, or peek inside a diary. All that and more in our latest podcast, all about school stories!

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  • “Trouble with a capital T” — aka our mystery book revealed!
  • Our More School Stories picks (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School and The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet)
  • A school story review from YOU (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth)
  • Evil laughter
  • Crickets

AND a very big announcement: Kidsmomo is now two years old, and we’ve decided to mix things up a bit. So we’re bidding farewell to our bi-weekly themes format and making way for a ton more exclusives like author interviews and sweepstakes! (And we’ll still do our regular podcasts, so don’t shed a tear over those!) This also means you guys can send in any book reviews you want, without feeling restricted to a particular topic. So keep those reviews coming, and stay tuned for some major awesome-sauce!

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

August 31st, 2011 by

This book trailer for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our More School Stories theme. For more on Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, check out our “Rule the School” podcast.

School is a nightmare for Joey in Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos. But that’s only because everyone at school thinks he’s the nightmare! Poor guy. It’s not his fault his meds are duds, but accidents keep happening (especially after eating shoofly pie).

More School Stories

August 23rd, 2011 by

Sure, summer’s pretty fun and you’re probably sad to see it end, but let’s not forget… school is NEVER boring! From an alien take-over to a secret society to having your sister as your teacher — we’ve got it all in our booklist of school stories (in no particular order):

  1. Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School series by Andrew Clements (Karen’s pick)
  2. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck
  4. SPHDZ series by Jon Scieszka
  5. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  6. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  7. Fourth-Grade Fuss by Johanna Hurwitz
  8. My Weird School series by Dan Gutman
  9. Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa Yee
  10. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  11. Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
  12. Knights of the Lunch Table graphic novel series by Frank Cammuso
  13. The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell
  14. Shredderman series by Wendelin van Draanen
  15. Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park

(Also, here’s a printable version of our More School Stories booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or show to your new teacher and see if you can get extra credit.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite school story book.

And don’t forget our previous school story recommendations from last fall!

UPDATE 9/20/11: We revealed the answer to our More School Stories Mystery Book Theater in the “Rule the School” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear Karen’s comedy attempt fails. You know, the usual.

A Different Kind of Wizard For You

April 24th, 2010 by

Fourth Grade Wizards by Barthe DeClementsI’ll be upfront with you: The main character of The Fourth Grade Wizards by Barthe DeClements is not the Harry Potter kind of wizard. Nevertheless, just like Harry, quiet fouth-grader Marianne has also experienced a great tragedy: her mom has passed away. And while she’s missing her mom, Marianne also has to deal with things like mean neighbors, a slow-moving dad, and keeping her grades up.

But don’t fret — Marianne just has to get out of that funk, and realize her mom wouldn’t want her to be sad all the time. With the encouragement of Jack, the class clown who’s always getting into trouble, Marianne starts to turn her life around, first by getting a new half-wolf puppy! And if she gets her grades up, she might even become a school wizard — no magic wand, but special school permissions.

While there isn’t an epic, action-packed wizarding duel at the end of the book, Barthe deClements’ The Fourth Grade Wizards definitely made me pick up her follow-ups, such as Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You. (Whoa, Ms. deClements… Those years were rough, but not that rough… Right?)

I’m recommending this book because it’s so real. (It’s sad to admit to ourselves, but the magical Harry Potter magical world is not, unfortunately.) Marianne is heartbroken, but not just in the “you-didn’t-go-to-the-spring-dance-with-me-heartbroken.” She truly is heartbroken. But after you read The Fourth Grade Wizards, you’ll see how broken hearts can also be mended.

— Nancy

Young Nancy also wanted a half-wolf, and tried to save up money for one. Turns out, $15.27 cannot buy you a half-wolf. Not even a quarter-wolf. More about Nancy »

Kidsmomo Podcast #4: “Don’t Be a Fool, Stay in School”

September 14th, 2009 by

Blackmail, unrequited love, lying to authority, mortal enemies, and sibling conflict — sounds like the makings of a soap opera, right? Nope, just another day at school!

AND it’s all in our latest podcast, dedicated to our favorite school stories. Plus a little insight into Nancy’s traumatic childhood (so that’s how she turned out like that…)!

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  • Flying meatloaf and a girl named after a man — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our A+ school story recommendations (Lunch Money and Ramona the Pest)
  • Nancy’s school crush past!

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is fantasy seriesl! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these great fantasy series.

— Nancy and Karen

Book Trailer: Dear Dumb Diary

September 7th, 2009 by

This book trailer for the Dear Dumb Diary series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our School Stories theme. For more on Dear Dumb Diary, check out our “Don’t Be a Fool, Stay in School” podcast.

Dear Diary,

You’ll never guess what happened today: we posted an awesome new video for the Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton! It’s so funny that when we were recording it, we had to take lots of breaks because Nancy couldn’t stop laughing at Karen’s funny voices. Or else she was gagging at Karen’s funny body odor — sometimes it’s hard to tell…

Anyway, we hope lots of kids watch the video!

Well, that’s it for today, Diary. I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow…

Totally Non-Boring School Stories

September 7th, 2009 by

Yes, sometimes the beginning of a new school year can be depressing, but it’s not all bad! There’s, you know, lunchtime. And recess…

If homework’s got you down, just check out these school stories (in no particular order) — they’ll remind you that there’s WAY more to the school day than just taking notes in class.

And if you like any of these books, send in your review:

  1. Lunch Money by Andrew Clements (Karen’s pick)
  2. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (Nancy’s pick)
  3. Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  4. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  5. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  6. Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls series by Meg Cabot
  7. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  8. My Weird School series by Dan Gutman
  9. The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman
  10. The Secret School by Avi
  11. The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
  12. Blubber by Judy Blume

Or send in a review of your favorite school story!

UPDATE 9/14/09: The answer for the school story Mystery Book Theater was revealed in the “Don’t Drool, Stay in School” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer (or if you just want to hear Karen’s ridiculous voice when she says, “Hey, Peach Girl”). Or watch the video over and over again, and leave your guess in the comments box!