Apple in the Middle — 7 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it to my students. I love the aspect of Apple finding out more about her family and staying with her grandparents for the summer. Karl and his sons added an element of suspense (and creepiness). I loved Little Nezzie as much as Apple did! Lots of emotions with this one! 5/5 stars

  2. I did not enjoy this book. I felt that it was meandering and many elements felt a bit random. However, I did learn more about Native American culture and I liked the recipes that the author included at the end of the book.

  3. Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley was not one of my favorite reads this summer. Even though Apple faced some very real world life situations, I definitely did not like the ending. I do not feel 3,4,and 5th graders need to read about such a tragic event. My girls both wanted to read the book, I said a very firm no. Unfortunately we had the same event happen to our family in February and it’s just to emotional to read something like that. However I would still purchase this book for my library. I don’t think I would highlight the book to my classes but if there was an individual student that wanted to read it, then I would certainly have a conservation about it. I did like the references about some of Minnesota’s cities and highways.
    I would rate this book a 2 our of 5 stars.

  4. I enjoyed Apple in the Middle, mostly because the characters are strong and well-developed and the Native American tribe of Ojibwa and Métis peoples’ culture was so accurately portrayed. I loved reading the author’s bio as well. Knowing that the Dawn Quigley has been emersed, studied and teaches about the Ojibwa and Métis people helped me trust the accuracy of the book. I am not certain that 3-5 graders can relate to Apple (as she is in high school), but they can definitely relate to her family situation, and the setting (MN and ND.) Tear-jerker. 5 stars

  5. I was very impressed with this book. I especially loved the characters and the authenticity. It’s honestly hard for me to think of things that I didn’t like about this book. Apple’s character was very realistic and genuine for someone of her age with her self-consciousness, her worries and exaggerations, and search for self and belonging. It was not only Apple that I loved, but also Mooshum, Little Nezzie, and Junior with their loyalty and spark.

    I would recommend this book for use as a book club book in curriculum or programming. I think this book would be a valuable addition to programming, events, and learning themes around diversity and understanding one’s heritage. This book would also be a valuable to Native American literature collections, especially as a piece of fiction that still tactfully handles debunking myths and stereotypes about Native Americans. When using this book with a young audience, I think it would be especially crucial to have discussions around this book because there is so much to discuss!

    Overall rating: 5/5 stars

  6. I. Loved. This. Book. I think that my students would find Apple, the main character, super relatable. She’s from Minnesota and the author mentions Highway 52 and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The book is about real challenges that kids face (feeling like they don’t fit in, unique family dynamics, body image issues, etc.) with plenty of humor thrown in to make it light and fun to read. It also deals with tough topics like death and racial conflicts. It shines light onto the way of life for some Native Americans, which would be great for my students to experience. I could see this book to be used to demonstrate how a character changes as the book progresses. An amazing read for pleasure and to supplement a reading curriculum or social studies unit. I’d give it 5 stars, more if I could!

  7. Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley is my favorite of all the Camp Read-a-Lot book I have read to date. That is saying quite a bit, because I have only four more books left to read and I have enjoyed them all! I was initially concerned that this would be a heavy, gloomy coming of age story. Instead, I was delighted to find a humorous, unconventional protagonist finding her way during a memorable summer in her life. I enjoyed my time spent reading about her experiences and yes, eventual progress towards self-acceptance and maturity. The author has a light touch, but deals with real life issues such as racial slurs and the death of those close to us. Learning a little about the culture of Apple’s Turtle Mountain Ojibwe relative was an added bonus. I can see this book being read for pleasure and also being used as a supplement for studying various cultures in the U.S. 5 stars.