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Review : The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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The Young Elites (Book 1) by Marie Lu. 9780545135719. October 7, 2014. Gr 9-12. Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy is one of my favorites, so when an advance copy of the first book in… Continue reading

Traveling to Strange New Worlds

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I enjoy reading all sorts of fiction, but my favorite has always been about anything not real—which now goes by the much more imposing term of speculative fiction. And within this subset of… Continue reading

Review : What’s New? The Zoo! : A Zippy History of Zoos

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Since we live about six miles from the Minnesota Zoo, we often had a family membership there when my boys were little. When Alex, my older son, was a preschooler, we usually visited… Continue reading

Animals Helping People

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Like many of us, I have pets. In the past, when my sons were younger, we had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, ferrets, birds, snakes, a hermit crab, and a walking-stick bug.… Continue reading

Series Review: The Hero’s Guide

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Many fairy tales are girl-centered—even though it’s often the prince who saves the day. Think about it—we know all about Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel, but how many of their princes… Continue reading

Picture Books: A-B-C and 1-2-3

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Alphabet books and counting books are some of my favorite picture books, and I’m often surprised that books about such simple elements can get so elaborate. R Is for Robot : A Noisy… Continue reading

More—and Still More—Reptiles

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Back in 2011, I wrote about nonfiction books for budding herpetologists and related how I grew up with sisters—no talking about snakes there.  In fact, while my family vacationed in South Dakota, Dad… Continue reading

Picture Books : Saying Good-bye to Friends

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My boys have been fortunate to have lived their entire childhood in the same house—gone to the same schools, had the same pediatrician. At 25 and 20 years old, they have had many… Continue reading

Review : Boundless

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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. 9781442472884. 2014. Gr 5-8. In Kenneth Oppel’s Printz Honor book, Airborn, his characters took to the air in a magnificent flying airship; in The Boundless, most of the… Continue reading

Literary Nonfiction for Common Core

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There has been a lot of conversation, discussion, debate, and yes, even some arguments over the Common Core’s stress on nonfiction.  Though I appreciate literature and love fiction, I personally am glad of… Continue reading