Monthly Archive: June, 2011

Fascinating Science Series for Middle School Boys

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In an article entitled The Gross and the Gory: Making a Reading Connection with Boys, it says: “Boys are looking to be engaged in reading. They want to read fun books that they… Continue reading

Book review: Return of the Dapper Men

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Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann, with art by Janet Lee. In the land of Anorev time has ceased to exist, and machines and children are left to their own devices. … Continue reading

Book Review: In the Garden of Beasts

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  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson. 2011. The year is 1933, and President Roosevelt is looking for a new American Ambassador for… Continue reading

Bringing the Arts Alive

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I think science is fascinating, but, to be honest, my heart is in the arts.  I live for poetry and music, and perhaps some of your students feel the same.  Or maybe they… Continue reading

Book Review: Abandon

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Abandon by Meg Cabot. 2011. Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated with Greek mythology. I remember pouring over stories of Hermes and Perseus, but the one story I kept… Continue reading

What It Means to Be a Hero

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Anyone of us might be a hero.  The students in your schools might change the world one day, and it may begin with a book.  In Giant Steps to Change the World, Spike Lee… Continue reading

Book Review: Forgotten

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Forgotten by Cat Patrick. 2011. London has a unique problem. Every morning at precisely 4:33 a.m., her past is wiped from her memory, and she wakes up with only memories of the future.… Continue reading

Help Rebuild Joplin’s School Libraries

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In response to the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, Mackin has created a special Funds4Books Disaster Relief program to to help rebuild the school library collections that were damaged… Continue reading

Science titles for Middle and High School

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During one of my reference internships at a public library, I remember looking for appealing science books for teens. Thinking it wouldn’t be that hard of a task, I searched through the stacks… Continue reading

Cold-Blooded Books for Budding Herpetologists

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I grew up with three sisters.  I do not remember any conversations about snakes or lizards.  Not one. Now I have two sons.  By the time my older son, Alex, was four years… Continue reading