What I’m Reading


I recently had the pleasure of reading two outstanding middle grade novels that I would highly recommend.

Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard tells the story of 11-year-old Robinson Hart who is having a difficult time in school dealing with anger issues. She is being raised by her grandfather who is the only family she has ever really known, but lately she has noticed that he is forgetful, sometimes can’t finish his sentences, and has even forgotten her name on occasion. The Kirkus review states:

Stoddard debuts with a quiet but powerful narrative that gently unpacks Alzheimer’s, centers mental health, and moves through the intimate and intense emotional landscape of family—what seems to break one and what can remake it.

Just Like Jackie


In Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson, we meet six classmates who are placed in an experimental classroom to help them work through some learning difficulties. Most of them are also facing challenges at home. Their teacher provides the space and time they need to talk freely, find their voices, and support each other.

Harbor Me

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6 Responses to What I’m Reading

  1. Shaye Miller says:

    Just Like Jackie really grabs my interest. I’m not sure if I’m ready for this since we just lost my grandfather after years of Alzheimer’s, but perhaps in a couple months I will be ready. Harbor Me was so touching. I didn’t think a group of kids sitting in a classroom sounded very interesting, but it is beautifully written. Thanks for sharing, Rose!

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  2. lindabaie says:

    Harbor Me is one I will remember, and I just read Merci Suarez Changes Gears that also included a grandparent with dementia. I have Just Like Jackie on my list and thanks for the good review.

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  3. I agree these are two outstanding middle grade novels! If you read Merci Suarez, which Linda mentioned above, you will love it. It also made me think of Just Like Jackie.

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  4. cweichel says:

    Nothing beats a really good MG novel. I feel like I have been waiting forever for Harbor Me.

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  5. Myra GB says:

    Harbor Me looks like a must-read indeed. 🙂


  6. I have heard of both but not read either. You are selling me on the two titles, thanks for sharing!


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