Category Archive: Novels

Celebrating #42 (Jackie Robinson Day)

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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson trotted out to first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The act itself was a simple one, but its significance was incredible: Jackie was the first black man… Continue reading

Review: Return to Augie Hobble

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Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith. 9781626720541. May 2015. Gr. 4-6.   You probably know Lane Smith as a collaborator and illustrator extraordinaire of such great titles as It’s a Book, The… Continue reading

Review: Echo

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. March 2015. 9780439874021. Gr. 5-8 I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. I didn’t know anything about the book… Continue reading

Review: Fish In a Tree

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Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. 9780399162596.2015. Gr. 4-6. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole… Continue reading

Review: Pointe

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Theo Cartwright is a dancer. She lives for ballet, and she is a star pupil in her dance classes. She has a strong chance for a future in dance. If she can stay… Continue reading

Reading the Alex Winners

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Because of my job as a collection development librarian for Mackin, I don’t have much time to read adult books—and so I don’t usually even try to predict the Alex winners. Most years… Continue reading

A Place to Call Home

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It occurred to me recently that some of my favorite children’s books are the ones that explore the idea of home and finding a sense of belonging. I think it’s because I moved… 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