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When I read the review and book jacket of Corey Ann Haydu's Rules for Stealing Stars, I immediately classified it as realistic fiction. After all, the story seemed to revolve around a family dealing with a mother's alcoholism and grief. After getting a little into the book, I thought, 'no, maybe this is fantasy'. After all, the children have magical adventures in closets (can't help but wonder if the author is making a nod to C.S. Lewis and the Narnia series). At the end of the book, I'm not really sure how to classify it, and that's probably one of the things that I really liked about this book. It was a slow starter for me, but I'm so glad that I persevered and finished it. It was a truly magical book wrapped in realism and is really about the power of family.
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!