Author Archive

Mental Illness Fiction for High and Middle School

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My last post was a review of Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, a story about a teen struggling through his first schizophrenic experience. With the prevalence of news stories on mental illness, I realize… Continue reading

Mental Illness in Challenger Deep

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. 9780061134111. 2015. Gr 9-12. My older son, Alex, was born 27 years ago around the end of April, and by my first Mother’s Day, I was headed deep… Continue reading

Little Critters Are Beautiful! (Well, Most of Them.)

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Little critters are fascinating…and beautiful, too.  Yes, they are!  When I first saw the mosaics of the wonderful artist Christopher Marley, I thought that he had painted his bugs before arranging them.  Real… Continue reading

Planting the Seeds : Gardening Books for PK-5

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I live in Minnesota, and most people up here are thinking about starting their gardens. Only thinking about it, mind you—it’s still only the first part of April. One year I remember being… Continue reading

Getting Ready for April is Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month, and it is just around the corner! I’ve found quite a few excellent poetry titles that have been published since last April, and picked out a few to… Continue reading

Reading the Alex Winners

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Because of my job as a collection development librarian for Mackin, I don’t have much time to read adult books—and so I don’t usually even try to predict the Alex winners. Most years… Continue reading

Family Traditions in Picture Books

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I am a very nostalgic person. When I take people on a tour of my house, I am most proud of the objects that have special memories attached to them. For instance, the… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2014

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Finally, here are my 2014 fiction favorites, the most difficult list of all. I am so impressed with people who can narrow their favorites down to ten…or even a dozen. I’ve actually given… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2014

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On to my favorite nonfiction titles from 2014! Though I read a lot of nonfiction, from picture books to adult, there are many still on my TBR list. This year I added a… Continue reading

Preparing for Black History Month, 2015

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Black History Month is celebrated every February. The books below, some of the best published in 2014 and 2015, will help your students to understand the passions in the fight for rights and… Continue reading