RI Teen Book Award 2016 Nominee
Young adult books set in Russia are not typical in the YA world, so I was very surprised to see two books on this year's RITBA list. Of course, the two books are very, very different. I would say that if you read The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming, you would understand the social tension between the main characters in Gregory Maguire's Egg and Spoon.
The Family Romanov tells the nonfiction story of the last ruling family of Russia and their tragic end. This fascinating story reads more like a piece of fast-paced fiction than a typical non-fiction book. With romance, intrigue, and murder, The Family Romanov gives the reader an unforgettable glimpse into what life must have been like for one of Europe's last imperial families.
Mrs. Carlino: librarian, technology teacher, intrepid reader, armchair (and real when I can swing it) traveler, vegetable gardener, and outdoor lover!
Some other sites where I have reviewed books:
Other lists of great reads:
A .pdf File from the MA Department of Eduction that outlines suggested reading for grade level. The authors that will help you be "well-read":
I found this nice list of classics for middle schoolers thanks to a teacher in New York. Thanks to Mr. Shapiro wherever you are!