Claudia Mills How Oliver Olson Changed the World #TBT

Last week’s Throwback Thursday review featured a Short Chapter Book nominee from 2010 (the fifth year of the Cybils Awards). This week, we’re going to the 2009 Cybils. How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills was a finalist in the Short Chapter Book category that year. If you’ve read this title – or any book by Claudia Mills, be sure to include a link to your review! How Oliver Olson Changed the World written by Claudia Mills illustrated by Heather Maione Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009 Oliver’s third grade class is studying the solar system. Crystal Harding, Oliver’s classmate is horrified that Pluto is no longer a planet. Oliver sort of agrees with her – it doesn’t seem … Read more

Nominations Please: My Cybils Prep Steps

In roughly 48 hours, the nominations period for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) opens. From October 1 to October 15, readers can nominate one book in any or all of the Cybils categories. Book Apps Easy Reader / Early Chapter (fiction and nonfiction) Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction Elementary / Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Fiction Picture Books Graphic Novels (younger audience and young adult) Middle Grade Fiction Poetry Young Adult Fiction Young Adult Speculative Fiction In years past, I’ve kept a running list of books I think represent the Cybils mission and would make great candidates. This year, I forgot. Over the next day or so, I’ll be going back through my review list to select nominees … Read more

Martha Freeman & The Case of the Rock ‘n Roll Dog for #TBT

As promised, we’re featuring another Cybils-nominated book for this week’s Throwback Thursday Book Review MEME. Some of you may know Martha Freeman from the Chickadee Court series (Who Stole Halloween, Who is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas). The Case of the Rock ‘n Roll Dog is the first title in her First Kids Mystery series. The Case of the Rock ‘n Roll Dog First Kids Mystery Series, Book 1 by Martha Freeman Holiday House, 2010 Cammie is the First Daughter. Her mom is the President of the United States. She lives in the White House with her younger sister, Tessa, her Aunt, her cousin, and her dog, Hooligan. Hooligan creates quite a stir in the White House, terrorizing the … Read more