Category Archive: Mystery

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

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

Review: The Riverman

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I am going to start off by saying that I committed a book selection faux pas by judging this book by its cover. It was a Friday afternoon and I was looking over… 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

Book Review: Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

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Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder.  November 2013. 9781594746482. Gr. 4-7. There are a lot of middle-grade mystery and adventure books out there.  The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew/Scooby Doo sort of… Continue reading

Book Review: Strike Three, You’re Dead

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Strike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk. 9780375970085. March 2013. Gr. 4-6. Well, baseball season is in full swing*.  The Major League Baseball season is approaching the halfway mark of the season, and… Continue reading

Book Review: The Twelve-Fingered Boy

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The Twelve-Fingered Boy by John Hornor Jacobs.  February 2013. 9780761390077.  Gr. 9-12. I love books with characters that are odd and unique.  I have posted here before about how I believe people judge… Continue reading

The Alex Awards

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I try to read broadly, through all levels and genres, but I will say that the majority of books I read are written for adults.  However, I do read a good number of… Continue reading

Book Review: Freaks

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Freaks by Kieran Larwood. March 2013. 9780545474245. Gr. 6-8. There are a lot of great new books out there.  I am always amazed at the variety and diversity of books for kids; it… Continue reading

Book Review : A Natural History of Dragons : A Memoir by Lady Trent

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A Natural History of Dragons : A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. 9780765331960. 2013. 10-Adult. Isabella, a young girl growing up in Scirland (a country similar to England in the 1800s),… Continue reading