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    Diversity in MG Lit #31 Sept 2021
    September and October are big months for new releases and there are quite a few diverse debuts to celebrate. Here are seven new books with diverse characters all out in the month of September. Yusef Azeem is not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi, is the story of sixth grader Yusef whose big ambition is to compete in the regional robotics competition. He encounters prejudice in his small Texas town but his Muslim community is a source of insight and courage as he learns to stand up for himself and all he believes. A particularly timely story and perfect for a generation of young readers born a decade after the events of 9/11/ In this MG debut The Insiders by Mark Oshiro, a gay Mexican-American boy moves from his wealthy and tolerant San Francisco school to a school short on both resources and compassion. Héctor takes refuge in a magical janitors closet and finds many kindred spirits–outsiders of one kind or...
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  • Middle Grade Examines the Constitution!
    Middle Grade Examines the Constitution!
    September 6, 2021 by
    By Robyn Gioia, M.Ed Constitution Day, September 17, 1787: The day the U.S. Constitution was signed by founding fathers such as George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Jay at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. What began as newspaper comic strips in the...
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  • Celebrating International Wolf Day - A Book List
    Celebrating International Wolf Day – A Book List
    August 13, 2021 by
    Today is International Wolf Day – a day set aside to celebrate the important role wolves play in a creating and maintaining a healthy ecosystem and to debunk the many fears and misconceptions people still hold about wolves. To celebrate the day, From the Mixed-Up Files has put together an...
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  • New Releases: July 2021
    New Releases: July 2021
    July 2, 2021 by
    Like Fourth of July fireworks, this month is exploding with a colorful array of offerings for middle-grade readers. From social justice to sports, goats to ghouls, and fantasy to food, there’s something for everyone. We want to congratulate two of our Mixed-Up Files members, who have new releases in July....
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  • My Desert Island Top Five
    My Desert Island Top Five
    June 11, 2021 by
    June is finally here. School is out (or almost out), and everyone is ready for a long, relaxing summer. This past year has got me thinking about summers when I was kid. Back then, summer vacation consisted of baseball games in the pasture, slip and slides, camping out in the...
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