Category Archive: Realistic

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: Radiance of Tomorrow

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Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah. 2014. 9780374246020. Gr. 11-Adult In the years since its 2007 publication, Ishmael  Beah’s compelling memoir Long Way Gone:  Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been read by… Continue reading

Protagonists and Logophiles

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I am a bibliophile.  Most of you reading this blog about books are probably bibliophiles as well, because a bibliophile is a lover of books. But I am also a logophile.  Not only… Continue reading

Book Review: The Tyrant’s Daughter

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The Tyrant’s Daughter, by J.C. Carleson.  9780449809983.  2014. gr 8-12. For me, anything that sheds light on Middle East culture is a good thing since I know nothing about it.  This illuminating story… Continue reading

Review: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus. 9780439912990. 2013. Gr. 4-6. Math is hard. Being a middle child is hard. Telling the truth is hard. It is obviously hard being Gregory… Continue reading

3 New Middle Grade Novels

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My reading goal for 2014 is to read more middle grade books.  I kicked off the year with three books that fall right in line with that goal, and I’m happy to report… Continue reading

Epistolary novels

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During one of our “what are you reading” conversions here at work, I commented that the last three books I read were all written in varying degrees as correspondences between characters.  Coworker Ryan… Continue reading

Bugs : Invading Your Personal Space

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Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon. 9780545143134. 2013. Gr K-2. There are some conditions that one does not discuss or admit to having.  I have been fortunate not to have had any… Continue reading

MEMO Mini Preview

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Tomorrow the librarians at Mackin will be in St. Cloud, MN for the MEMO conference.  We will be talking about new books for school libraries in two presentations—one for elementary and another for… Continue reading

Our Diverse World

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We live in a diverse world, and books can be a door to diversity whether that’s reading about another country or getting an opportunity to connect with the life of an immigrant.  Perhaps… Continue reading