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I finally got the chance to read Tim Federle's Better Nate Than Ever, and man I wish I hadn't waited so long! I LOVED it! Nate narrates his heart warming story about a 13 year old boy who "sneaks away" from his suburb of Pittsburgh town to try out for a Broadway version of ET. I already miss Nate's voice which resonates with honesty, wit and sarcasm. I think I actually felt envious of his friendship with Libby; I thoroughly enjoyed their quick witted Broadway based banter which also served to emphasize their "thinking each other's thoughts" kind of closeness. This is a feel good light read even with its meaningful undertones. I highly recommend Better Nate Than Ever and look forward to reading the sequel Five, Six, seven Nate!
This morning 7th grade LA students are coming to the library to check out Historical Fiction books. Since I'm just beginning my third week at MJS our fiction section has yet to be "genrefied", so I spent the day yesterday pulling and "stickering" Historical Fiction titles to help our students find what they will be looking for. I separated books on tables according to their historical period, but I began thinking, "Is that really how we choose historical fiction, and if not for the history why do we chose to read historical fiction at all?". In light of Connected Educator month and my love for crowd sourcing, I created a Padlet for collecting responses and tweeted my question.