“He belongs where he belongs. If he ended up here, then that’s where he belongs.”
The winter of 1971 is a season of changes and growing pains for Frannie Wright-Barnes. Everything becomes complicated when a white boy transfers to her class, bringing in his wake a series of questions about hope, belonging, what she really believes in.
And then, just before the lunch bell rang, he walked into the classroom. Stepped through that door white and softly as the snow.
“Ms. Johnson says there’s no such thing as writer’s block. She said it’s just your mind saying to your body, I ain’t trying to write that jive.”
-Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
Ms. Johnson said the only way you can deposit a word in your bank is by committing it to memory. I hadn’t deposited surreal. I guess I must have spent it somewhere.
–Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
I’m working my way through a personal challenge to read one book every day in May. This, of course, works best if I pick shorter books. So far, I’ve had pretty great luck with finding some amazing lower middle grade books.
To date, I’ve read:
- Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
- The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
- The Fish in Room 11 by Heather Dyer
- Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
- Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne
- Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Question of the Day: What are your favorite lower middle grade stories or chapter books?