Category Archive: Mystery

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

Series Review : The Virals

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According to Bowker, the number of juvenile titles published in the United States dropped slightly in 2013, from 33,239 in 2012 to 32,902.  Sometimes we feel like most of them are stacked on… Continue reading

Book Review: S.

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“What begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin.” With that cryptic opening, famed movie & television producer/director JJ Abrams makes his grand entrance onto the… 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

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