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Are you a young reader? Meet me in the middle: Holly Schindler’s Middles
Do you have a reluctant reader who gravitates toward comics or graphic novels?  Alexander and the Amazing Wide-Awake and Wordquake are both lightly illustrated, humorous, and fun, and make great bridge books to help your reader transition from comics to non-illustrated novels.
Alexander and the Amazing Wide-Awake
Alexander Gum, the best inventor in all of Eastwood Elementary, is naturally good at everything. He never misses a word on any of his spelling tests, his shoelaces are always neatly tied, and he never colors outside the lines. Actually, truth be told, Alexander is not naturally clever or talented—at least, no more so than any of his classmates.  Alexander’s hiding a secret. He’s getting help from the most unexpected place… Have you ever wished for a magical wand that could make everything in your life—homework and tests and pre-algebra and jumping rope in p.e. and drawing tigers for art class—as easy as flicking your wrist? And what would you do if your magic wand broke? Alexander and the Amazing Wide-Awake uses a humorous yet thought-provoking storyline to show that “easy” isn’t everything. Alexander, the main character, discovers both joy and friendship when he loses his mental crutch (an old hat found in his grandfather’s house), and is forced to dig deep and work hard.  Perfect for readers in the middle years of elementary school who find themselves faced with the monumental task of learning how to study, practice a musical instrument, or master a sport.
Wordquake
IT'S A TOTAL DISASTER!
Fourth grader Izzy Ashby is an outside kind of girl. She dreads her Monday morning reading class like she dreads nothing else. One day, Izzy accidentally shakes every single word out of its rightful place in every textbook, worksheet, and bulletin board throughout Eastwood Elementary. At first, it seems like a dream come true! At least, until utter chaos breaks out... How will Izzy get out of this mess? Find out in Holly Schindler’s Wordquake.
Junction of Sunshine and Lucky Folk Art / Contemporary Realism
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.
Auggie Jones lives with her grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town.  So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.”  But Auggie is determined to prove that there’s more to her—and to her house—than meets the eye. What starts out as a home renovation project quickly becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Holly Schindler’s feel-good story about the power one voice can have will inspire readers to speak from their hearts.
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What's a wide-awake? Only the world's best thinking cap!
Finalist or Master List nominee for: Mark Twain Readers Award Bluestem Award South Carolina Children’s Book Award Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Triple Crown Award Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Also chosen for the Scholastic Book Fair
Are you a young reader? Meet me in the middle: Holly Schindler’s Middles
Do you have a reluctant reader who gravitates toward comics or graphic novels? Alexander and the Amazing Wide-Awake and Wordquake are both lightly illustrated, humorous, and fun, and make great bridge books to help your reader transition from comics to non-illustrated novels.
Alexander and the Amazing Wide-Awake
Alexander Gum, the best inventor in all of Eastwood Elementary, is naturally good at everything. He never misses a word on any of his spelling tests, his shoelaces are always neatly tied, and he never colors outside the lines. Actually, truth be told, Alexander is not naturally clever or talented—at least, no more so than any of his classmates.  Alexander’s hiding a secret. He’s getting help from the most unexpected place… Have you ever wished for a magical wand that could make everything in your life—homework and tests and pre-algebra and jumping rope in p.e. and drawing tigers for art class—as easy as flicking your wrist? And what would you do if your magic wand broke? Alexander and the Amazing Wide-Awake uses a humorous yet thought-provoking storyline to show that “easy” isn’t everything. Alexander, the main character, discovers both joy and friendship when he loses his mental crutch (an old hat found in his grandfather’s house), and is forced to dig deep and work hard.  Perfect for readers in the middle years of elementary school who find themselves faced with the monumental task of learning how to study, practice a musical instrument, or master a sport.
Wordquake
IT'S A TOTAL DISASTER!
Fourth grader Izzy Ashby is an outside kind of girl. She dreads her Monday morning reading class like she dreads nothing else. One day, Izzy accidentally shakes every single word out of its rightful place in every textbook, worksheet, and bulletin board throughout Eastwood Elementary. At first, it seems like a dream come true! At least, until utter chaos breaks out... How will Izzy get out of this mess? Find out in Holly Schindler’s Wordquake.
Junction of Sunshine and Lucky Folk Art / Contemporary Realism
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.
Auggie Jones lives with her grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town.  So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” But  Auggie is determined to prove that there’s more to her—and to her house—than meets the eye. What starts out as a home renovation project quickly becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Holly Schindler’s feel-good story about the power one voice can have will inspire readers to speak from their hearts.
Follow along as I blog with a fantastic group of fellow MG authors at:
Copyright © 2017 HollySchindler.com. All Rights Reserved
Follow Me Online
What's a wide-awake? Only the world's best thinking cap!
Finalist or Master List nominee for: Mark Twain Readers Award Bluestem Award South Carolina Children’s Book Award Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award Triple Crown Award Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Also chosen for the Scholastic Book Fair