Author Archive

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

Trees

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the trees in my yard. I live in an old neighborhood, and my yard is packed with massive, mature trees. In the spring and… Continue reading

The Little Things in Life

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Maybe you thought this would be about watching a beautiful sunset, sipping hot chocolate on a cold day, or any number of other “little things” we enjoy in life. Actually, I am being… Continue reading

Review: Everyone Dies in the End

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Everyone Dies in the End by Brian Katcher. 9780615710174. 2014. Gr. 10-12. Sometimes the most enjoyable books are the ones that you don’t know much about before picking them up and reading them.… Continue reading

Review: Scan

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Scan by Walter Jury and S.E. Fine. 9780399160653. 2014. Gr. 9-12. Summer will soon be upon us, and that means the latest crop of Hollywood blockbuster action movies will soon be in theaters.… Continue reading

Books and Gender

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I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of upper elementary-age boys at a local public school last week. Their wonderful librarian had set up the “guys group” to be a focus… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading