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A Bit of a Crush Now

Day Two of the FAME Conference!

I’ve been to some really helpful sessions today, but this is not the place for that.

This is the place for…more authors! During the conference I also got to meet both Gordon Korman (!) and Roland Smith (!).

I was able to attend Roland Smith’s author session and I must say if you ever get the chance to hear him speak DO IT! He has lived such an interesting life and he is a very captivating speaker.

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Smith accepted an award for his novel I.Q; Independence Hall which was voted (by the kids in FL) the Florida Sunshine State Award for 2010-2011. Both my students and I love this series.

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He signed some books for my school (they all did!)

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Additionally, I was also able to hear Gordon Korman speak about some of his works and how he published his first book in 7th grade! My students really enjoy Korman’s books, especially the his books in The 39 Clues series, Schooled and Swindle.

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Korman also signed some books for my Media Center! Somewhere in the middle of all this, I must confess, that I developed a mini crush on Gordon Korman! He’s adorable, hilarious, and he writes books my kids love; it’s the perfect storm!!

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Seriously love the FAME conference!!

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Tuesday Top Ten: Popular Middle Grades Series (at my School)

Today has nothing to do with me.  Today’s list is all about what middle schoolers (at least in Central Florida) are reading.

I’m listing ten of the most popular middle grades fiction (not YA) series in my school’s Media Center.

Also, these are actually in no particular order; well okay for real the most popular series at my school is still The Diary of a Wimpy Kid (I mean we have like 6 copies of each book and they’re never on the shelf!) .

Ok here goes:

10. The Kingdom Keeper series by Ridley Pearson

9. The Dork Diaries series: by Rachel Renee Russell

8. The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

7. The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

6. Maximum Ride by James Patterson

5. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

4. The Warriors series by Erin Hunter

3. The 39 Clues series by various authors

2. The I.Q. series by Roland Smith

1. The Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney