Anastasia Suen

Developmental Editor

Category: middle grade (Page 1 of 28)

Prince

Prince: The Man, The Symbol, The Music
by Eric Braun (Author)

Booktalk: Prince Rogers Nelson wrote his first song at age seven, and soon taught himself to play the piano, drums, and guitar. In the early 1980s, Prince wondered how to make his music–a mix of pop, funk, soul, and R&B–more appealing to an audience that loved more mainstream rock shows. He ended up making Purple Rain, the hit movie and soundtrack that turned him into a megastar.

Snippet: From an early age, Prince was tuned into music. His mother said that when he was three years old, he would slip away from her in department stores to find the musical instruments. He would play the piano, the organ, or any instrument he could find in the store. “I’d have to hunt for him,” his mother said, “and that’s where he would be–in the music department.”

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The Big Book of Canada

The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories (Updated Edition)
by Christopher Moore (Author) and Bill Slavin (Illustrator)

Booktalk: From Nunavut’s Barren Lands to the Torngat Mountains of Newfoundland, from Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord to the pingos of the Northwest Territories, explore the many fascinating places that make up this vast land. (Updated for Canada’s Sesquicentennial–150th birthday!)

Snippet:
SABLE ISLAND
For five hundred years, Sable Island has been both feared as a risk to ships and admired for its wild beauty. It’s best-known residents are herds of wild horses that have made the island home for hundreds of years.

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Outside Shot


Outside Shot
by Fred Bowen (Author)

Booktalk: Eighth-grader Richie Mallon has always known he was a shooter, but will his amazing shooting talent be enough to keep him on the team? He has practiced every day at his driveway hoop, perfecting his technique. Richie never plays any other roles on the court; he lets his teammates do the assisting and rebounding. Richie makes the team under a tough new coach, but he’s not a starter. When his shooting skills go into a slump, he must find a way to become a more well-rounded player.

Snippet:

“All right, let’s scrimmage.”

Those words are music to my ears. At last we can stop doing the orange cone drill. We’re more than halfway through the season and I still can’t stand those cones.

Of course, scrimmaging isn’t so great either, since I’m stuck on the second team–the Blue shirts. I think Coach has stopped thinking of me as a possible starter, and I can’t blame him. A shooter who isn’t shooting so great can’t start for anyone.

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