Category Archive: Novels

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: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar

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Sometimes you need a little magic in your life. I mentioned earlier in the year that one of my reading goals for 2014 is to read more middle grade fiction. I set this… 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

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

Series: The Lunar Chronicles

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Fantasy is my favorite genre—though I really won’t turn away historical fiction, science fiction, mysteries, or even realistic fiction.  I especially enjoy a good fairy tale retelling; whether it is spoofed or twisted… 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