Author Archive

Summer Annoyances

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Summer is in full-swing! Temperatures are rising, watermelon is in season, and people are keeping cool at the pool. Now, I am normally a “glass half-full” kind of guy, but when we were… Continue reading

Teens Who Inspire

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There are plenty of stories in local and national news about children and teens getting in trouble, flunking out of school, and not being good role models. But here I am going to… Continue reading

Review: Book Scavenger

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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. 9781627791151. June 2015. Gr. 5-8. Sometimes you know that a book is going to be good even before you have reached the title page. What drew me… Continue reading

Review: Return to Augie Hobble

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Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith. 9781626720541. May 2015. Gr. 4-6.   You probably know Lane Smith as a collaborator and illustrator extraordinaire of such great titles as It’s a Book, The… Continue reading

Review: Fish In a Tree

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Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. 9780399162596.2015. Gr. 4-6. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole… Continue reading

Eccentric Characters in Nonfiction

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January is a good time to reflect on the past year, and as I reflect upon my past year in reading, it is interesting to see what kinds of books I was drawn… Continue reading

My Very Unofficial Alex Award Nominees

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I have written before about my affinity for the Alex Awards. Each year, our staff here gets together to watch the webcast of the annual ALA Youth Media Awards. Of course, the Newbery,… Continue reading

Courage and Resilience

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True stories of extraordinary courage and resilience are very compelling reads for me. Some of them are so amazing and improbable that they seem like they must be fiction. I grew up enjoying… Continue reading

More Stellar Space Books

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As Mindy alluded to in her last post, we recently presented a number of our recent favorites at a conference for teachers and librarians. We spent a lot of time researching, reading, and… Continue reading

Review: The Book That Will Make You Love Books

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The Book That Will Make You Love Books by Francoize Boucher. 9780802737434. 2014. Gr. 5-8. Some books make readers ponder their very existence, view the “big picture”, or may even change the world.… Continue reading