Monthly Archive: December, 2011

Author Interview: Kimberly Derting

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I am so pleased to introduce another one of my favorite authors, Kimberly Derting! Yesterday I reviewed her recent release The Pledge—you can check out my review here. Kimberly Derting began her publishing… Continue reading

Book Review: The Pledge

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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. 2011. In the country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your social class. If you forget your place, you will be harshly punished—or even killed. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina… Continue reading

A Dozen (or so) Great Picture Books, 2011

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I just spent another agonizing day of narrowing a list of great books down into a manageable, bloggable list.  This time I started with over 50 wonderful picture books, and I tried my… Continue reading

Tracey’s Top 10 (or so) Books of 2011

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One of my nieces not only loves to read, but she loves to TALK about reading. (Hi Stephanie!  I hope you like the books I sent!)  I visited my sister and her family… Continue reading

Lindsey’s Top 10* of 2011

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2011 has been a great year for Children’s and Young Adult Literature!!  It was painful to narrow down all the wonderful books I read down to my top ten for the year.  But… Continue reading

Mindy’s Top 10 of 2011

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Narrowing my favorite books down to just ten titles is a daunting task.  In an attempt to represent the wide variety of book I’ve read this year, I’ve broken my picks into categories.… Continue reading

Kristin’s Top Ten of 2011

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As 2011 draws to a close, I would like to share my favorite titles from this busy year! As per usual, the main problem of making my “Top Ten” list was trying to… Continue reading

Book Review: Dead End in Norvelt

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. 2011. In this wacky mix of memoir and fiction, Jack Gantos—who is both the author and the protagonist—starts out by saying, “School was finally out and… Continue reading

Author Interview: Jessica Day George

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Today I’m excited to introduce Jessica Day George, one of my favorite authors!  I’ve mentioned before how I can’t resist a good fairytale story and Jessica writes some of the best! Jessica earned… Continue reading

Connecting Fiction to the Curriculum

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So much inspiration at this year’s AASL conference!  My last post expanded on a session I attended about character education and picture books.  This post I’d like to explore a statement I heard… Continue reading