Friday, July 19, 2013

50 States of Middle Grade Lit

It's all Tamara's fault.  It usually is.

After this post from Epic Reads in October of last year, my colleague and fellow-trouble maker issued a challenge - create a USA map of middle grade titles with settings in all 50 states.  No problem, right? She created a Google spreadsheet and asked her followers to fill it with middle grade titles for each state. Then I told her I'd try to figure out how to get the map created.  It has only taken me eight months.  I was having trouble figuring out clipping masks in Photoshop Elements.  After a great Photoshop class this week provided free of charge by the South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Career and Technology Education, I finally learned how!

I tried to stick with books that are definitely middle grade, although a few YA titles have slipped in.  If I had the option of including a new title over an old one, I usually chose the new one except for The Outsiders and Something Upstairs, which are personal favorites.   A complete list of the titles I used is below the map. I'm thinking I could use this as a bulletin board, and have students add other titles to each state.   How many states have you read?  Can you make it all the way across the USA in middle grade books?

Since their United States of YA post, Epic Reads has been gathering titles for PLANET YA.  I wonder if a world map of YA will be forthcoming.  I think I need to keep practicing!

50 States of Middle Grade Lit

Alabama – Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Alaska – Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Arizona -  Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
Arkansas -  Fire from the Rock  by Sharon M. Draper
California – One Crazy Summer  by Rita Williams-Garcia
Colorado – The White Gates by Bonnie Ramthun
Connecticut – Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Delaware – The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
Florida – Chomp  by Carl Hiaasen
Georgia – Kira-kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Hawaii – Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury
Idaho – The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
Illinois – On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming
Indiana – Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Iowa – The Linden Tree  by Ellie Mathews
Kansas – Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Kentucky – Lena by Jacqueline Woodson
Louisiana – Ruined by Paula Morris
Maine – The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Maryland – The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings
Massachusetts – Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
Michigan – Hidden by Helen Frost
Minnesota – Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles
Mississippi – Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan
Missouri – The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
Montana – Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
Nebraska – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Nevada – Northward to the Moon  by Polly Horvath
New Hampshire – Love and Leftovers  by Sarah Tregay
New Jersey – I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis
New Mexico – Kepler’s Dream by Juliet Bell
New York – P. S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
North Carolina – Crow by Barbara Wright
North Dakota – Wild Life  by Cythia DeFelice
Ohio – I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Oklahoma – The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Oregon – Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
Pennsylvania – Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Rhode Island – Something Upstairs by Avi
South Carolina – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
South Dakota – Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs
Tennessee – Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Texas – Illegal by Bettina Restrepo
Utah – Missing in Action by Dean Hughes
Vermont – The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner
Virginia – Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Washington – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
West Virginia – Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
Wisconsin – One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Wyoming – Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan