Category Archive: Fiction

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

Anna’s Favorite Reads of 2014

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I wanted to share a few of my favorite reads from 2014. I pretty much only have one type of book I really like to read, unless a superb book in another genre comes… 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

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

The New “King”

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A number of years ago while browsing around a bookstore, I stumbled upon this novel: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (9780671042851. 2000. Gr. 11-Adult).  It is the story of… 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

Mindy’s Middle Grade Favorites

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, my goal for 2014 was to read more middle grade fiction. I’m happy to say that I read several excellent middle grade novels this… Continue reading

New Novels in Verse for Teens

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Looking at realistic fiction published for teens and tweens in 2014, it seems like the year of verse. Some people love novels in verse, and some people hate them. Wherever you fall on… Continue reading

All Boarding Schools Are Not Alike

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I have never attended a boarding school, nor did I ever want to.  I’ve always been introverted, and I don’t think I could have handled having to eat every meal with crowds of… Continue reading

Take an Extraordinary Adventure

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As the weather begins to get chillier outside (at least here in Minnesota) I always enjoy laying on my couch under a blanket and letting my mind venture off into the world of… Continue reading