Monthly Archive: August, 2011

Series Review : Scientists in the Field

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Science educational standards for most states include scientific methodology, and Scientists in the Fieldis a great series to use for teaching kids in intermediate grades and middle school about the work of scientists. … Continue reading

Book Review: Blood Magic

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Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton. 2011. Nothing has felt quite right to Silla Kennicot ever since her parents’ horrific deaths. That is, until a mysterious spell book arrives, a book that she believes… Continue reading

Exploring Addiction and Recovery in Teen Fiction

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There are many books, both fiction and nonfiction, about the dangers of drug abuse for teens, but there are decidedly fewer about quitting drugs.  Since September, National Recovery Month, is just around the… Continue reading

Graphic Novel: Level Up

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Level Up by Gene Luen Yang, art by Thien Pham. 2011. Every parent’s dream for their children is drawn (no pun intended) to its highest level.  All that Dennis Ouyang’s parents wanted for… Continue reading

Dirty Bodies and Filthy Houses : A History

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I’ve never claimed to have a clean house.  In fact, with two dogs and three young men living in my house, I’ve pretty given up on anything close to a pristine environment. Aayla,… Continue reading

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 2011. Ransom Riggs’ first novel is not only creep-tastic, it is a well-developed story that will have you fascinated until the very end. The… Continue reading

Book Review: The Abandoned Lighthouse

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The Abandoned Lighthouse by Albert Lamb and David McPhail (illustrator). 2011. This book may be named for the lighthouse, but it is the rowboat that will pique readers’ curiosity. A bear finds a… Continue reading

Book Review: A Tale of Two Castles

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A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine. May, 2011 At the age of twelve, sorry, fourteen, Elodie bids her parents farewell and crosses the sea for the City of Two Castles.… Continue reading

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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As the first day of school approaches, parents and preschool teachers are getting their soon-to-be kindergarteners ready.  They may be reviewing skills, visiting the new school, and talking about the upcoming changes.  Kindergarten… Continue reading