The Voices from the Middle Podcast is a regular radio show that extends and enriches the content offered in the print and digital pages of the journal. Tune in to learn alongside a team of middle school English/language arts teachers from across the United States as they interview teacher leaders, YA authors, researchers, columnists, classroom teachers, and students, whose voices shape Voices from the Middle and our classrooms.
In this episode, YA author Nic Stone speaks to our teacher panelists Beth Shaum, Amy Fleming, and Julie Inwright about her acclaimed novel, Dear Martin. In addition, Nic answers questions about the process of publishing the novel, her experiences talking to students, what it was like to be a middle grades student herself, and she shares a sneak peek at some novels we can look forward to from her in the future.
Dear Martin-Nic Stone
Ghost Boys-Jewell Parker Rhodes
I Am Alfonso Jones-Tony Medina
The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas
Jurassic Park-Michael Crichton
Lost World-Michael Crichton
Rising Sun-Michael Crichton
Are You There God? It's Me Margaret-Judy Blume
Wayside School Series-Louis Sachar
Hurricane Child-Kheryn Callender
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World-Ashley Herring Blake
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story-Kheryn Callender
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky-Kwame Mbalia
Odd One Out-Nic Stone
In this episode, author Aisha Saeed sat down with our teacher panelists Gretchen Taylor, Julie Inwright, and Amy Fleming to talk about her new book, Amal Unbound, which has the great distinction of being chosen for the 2018 Upper Elementary/Middle Grade Global Read Aloud. Also, we get to know our teacher panelists a little better by playing Bring Your Own Book.
Amal Unbound-Aisha Saeed
Mark of the Dragonfly-Jaleigh Johnson
Other Words for Home-Jasmine Warga
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James-Ashley Herring Blake
The Thing about Jellyfish-Ali Benjamin
In this episode, author Lila Quintero Weaver speaks with our teacher panelists, Katherine Sokolowski, Amy Fleming, and newest member, Stacia Long, about her new book, My Year in the Middle. In addition, they asked her about her writing practices, how teachers might use her books to open conversations about diversity and social justice, and they touched on her reading life and the books that she loves.
My Year in the Middle-Lila Quintero Weaver
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White-Lila Quintero Weaver
The Hundred Dresses-Eleanor Estes
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase-Joan Aiken
They Both Die in the End-Adam Silvera
Merci Suárez Changes Gears- Meg Medina (forthcoming)
In this episode, Katherine Sokolowski’s students at Monticello Middle School in Monticello, Illinois, interviewed author Cynthia Kadohata. Katherine, along with her students Slater, Sammy, Estella, and Lauren, asked Cynthia questions about her writing process, where she gets her inspiration for her plot and characters, as well as questions related to her latest novel, Checked.
The Thing About Luck