Review of Middle-Grade Read: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

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Loved this book! This book has so many themes, but first and foremost, it is an excellent book for schools to add to their diversity collection. Students who are not familiar with the Muslim race will soon connect to Amina because the author introduces this Pakistani-American preteen as just another ordinary student, who has feelings, goals and fears like any other American student. However, as soon as the reader gets to know and understand the character, her culture/heritage is interwoven within the story. The reader gets to be introduced to the Islamic religion, the foods, the practices and rituals. Great book for middle-grade readers to read and get exposure to the diversity in the world and empathy of being part of a race not all Americans quite seem to understand.

Do I think it is a 2018 Newbery Contender?  Yes

Is it a contender as a read aloud to my 2017-2018 class?:  Yes

Review of Middle-Grade read: The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish

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When I saw this book at the bookstore, I was intrigued by it because of its cover. I passed it by only to regret it later when I saw my Twitter friends post rave reviews of this book. This is my 4th 2017 middle-grade book to read and is my favorite 2017 middle-grade read thus far. The theme to this book is friendship. Ethan is a lucky boy. Although he lost one friend through a tragic accident, he finds true friendship again when his family moves to a new town. Love it.

Do I think it is a 2018 Newbery Contender?  Yes

Is it a contender as a read aloud to my 2017-2018 class?:  Yes