Monthly Archive: February, 2011

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  2011. (Advance Copy) “They took me in my nightgown.” This chilling sentence begins Ruta Sepetys powerful debut novel. Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family are taken in… Continue reading

Trailblazing Women

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You may not know their names, but these women are worth knowing. Freshen up your Women’s History Month displays with these picture books about lesser-known female trailblazers. I had no idea who Maria… Continue reading

Stand-out Teen Romances

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They meet, they fall in love, they fight, they make up. End of story. We all know how the story ends, so if a romance for teens is going to stand out from… Continue reading

Book Review: A Finders-Keepers Place

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A Finders-Keepers Place by Ann Haywood Leal. 2010. When Esther Page wakes up with a prickly feeling, she knows something is wrong. Again. When your mom has as many “notions” as Esther’s mom,… Continue reading

Book Review : Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. 2010. I watched the Apollo space missions when I was a child, and I remember being thrilled with… Continue reading

Book Review: Wither

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Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy : 1) by Lauren DeStefano. 2011. Imagine a world completely changed from what we comprehend at the present. World War III has obliterated every continent except North America. An… Continue reading

Book Review: Hamster Magic

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Hamster Magic by Lynne Jonell (Brandon Dorman, illus.). 2010. Lynne Jonell is renowned for her Emmy series which has been a huge success with children and teachers.  Jonell, being no stranger to the… Continue reading

Dance, Dance, Dance!

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A troupe of picture books about ballerinas has recently danced their way onto my desk…and except for the fact that several of them are pink (VERY pink—but more about that later), I have… Continue reading

Book Review : Tyger Tyger

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Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.  2010.  (advance copy) Kersten Hamilton weaves a tale of fantasy, adventure, danger and romance with her first young adult novel. Seventeen-year-old Teagen works with chimpanzees doing research with… Continue reading