Defending Irene

  A thirteen-year-old American girl plays on a fiercely competitive boy’s soccer team during the year her family spends in Italy and experiences culture clashes both on and off the field. WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING What keeps this tale from being just another soccer story with play-by-play action is the unique setting; the inventiveness of … More Defending Irene

Paired Texts

My friend and fellow writer Stephanie Bearce wrote in her blog about how she’s a fan of pairing fiction and nonfiction in the classroom: “It’s a great way to get students to try new genres of books.  Those who believe nonfiction is “so boring” can learn just how exciting facts can be.  And those children who … More Paired Texts

Thinking About Soccer?

Some kids aren’t really sure whether or not they’d like to play a sport. If you know someone who’s thinking about trying soccer, strongly consider handing that person a copy of Ruth McNally Barshaw’s Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player.  This is the fourth book in Barshaw’s Ellie McDoodle series, a delightful collection of books for kids in … More Thinking About Soccer?