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  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker Novel Study

    Pax Sara Pennypacker quote

    Pax is a middle grade novel by Sara Pennypacker about a boy and a fox who embark upon a mythic journey to reunite after Pax is abandoned in the woods. Structurally, Pax is the middle grade equivalent of Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Though this story is classic mythical structure, there are shades of the […]

  • A Long Way From Chicago By Richard Peck

    A Long Way From Chicago

    A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck is a Newbery Honor book from 1998, set in the era of The Great Depression. An adult narrator looks back and remembers his wily trickster grandmother. This book is one of the most moving and well-written children’s books I’ve read, at once comical and resonant. This is […]

  • The River Between Us by Richard Peck

    THE RIVER BETWEEN US STORYWORLD There are historical notes in the back of The River Between Us but unless you’ve been through the American education system and already know quite a bit about the Civil War and the history of New Orleans, I’d recommend flipping to that first. July 1916 is the wrapper time Summer North […]

  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk Novel Study

    Wolf Hollow cover with night sky and a huge yellow moon

    Wolf Hollow (2016) is a middle grade novel by Lauren Wolk. This mid-20th century story is chock-full of symbolism which makes it great for a novel study. Here I focus instead on the writing techniques, for writers of middle grade. Though moons tend to be massive in children’s books, the moon on this cover would […]