Monthly Archive: September, 2012

Back to School Contest Winners!

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A. Wright and Helen Wagner!  You are the winners in our Back to School Contest! Please email us at booksinbloom@mackin.com with your address, and we will send you your prize pack, which includes… Continue reading

Book Review: Endangered

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Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. Coming out Oct. 1, 2012. 9780545165761. Grades 9-12. (ARC copy) Sophie is spending another summer with her mother in the Congo at her bonobo sanctuary when she rescues Otto,… Continue reading

Author interview : David LaRochelle

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David LaRochelle is a full-time author and illustrator from Minnesota.  I met him for the first time when he volunteered in the Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota State Fair in 2011.  He was… Continue reading

It’s a bird; it’s a plane! No, It’s a Tiger!

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It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle (ill. by Jeremy Tankard). 9780811869256. 2012. Gr P-1. When my boys were little, any time I sat down, they would come running with a pile of books. … Continue reading

Back to School Contest – Closed

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Now that school is back in session, what better way to celebrate than a contest?! What will you win? Two lucky people will win autographed copies of Carmen Agra Deedy’s new book Return… Continue reading

Review: The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

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The Templeton Twins Have An Idea by Ellis Weiner. August 2012. 9780811866798. Gr 5-7. How would the Templeton twins’ lives have been different had they never been born? What were the names of… Continue reading

Animals & the City

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Last year, a white-tailed deer in my neighborhood caused quite a stir.  We don’t see much large wildlife in my part of Minneapolis, so people who spotted the deer in the early morning… Continue reading

Book Review: The Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Coming out Sept. 18, 2012. 9780545424929. Grades 9-12. (ARC Copy). Blue comes from a family of psychics, but she has no powers of her own, just the… Continue reading

Book Review: The Secret of the Stone Frog

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The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra. September 2012. 9781935179184. Gr. 3-6. Last year, my local public library held a week of programs related to Alice in Wonderland.  I brought my daughter… Continue reading

Book Review: Liar & Spy

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Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. August 2012. 9780385737432. Gr 4-7. I love children’s literature authors who don’t feel the need to “dumb down” things for kids.  They are able to weave a… Continue reading