Mental Illness in Challenger Deep

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. 9780061134111. 2015. Gr 9-12. My older son, Alex, was born 27 years ago around the end of April, and by my first Mother’s Day, I was headed deep… Continue reading

Saint Anything Winner

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Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway.  The winner, selected by Random.org, is comment number 3: Heather Hansen. Watch for more giveaways in the future!

Review: The Wrath & The Dawn

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The Wrath & The Dawn is a retelling of Arabian Nights told within a fantasy world. Khorsan is ruled by an eighteen year old king, Khalid (or Caliph) who takes a new bride… Continue reading

Review & Giveaway: Saint Anything

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A group of us here at Mackin were fortunate enough to spend an evening with Sarah Dessen, eating pizza, sucking on dum dums, and discussing her latest book Saint Anything. It was intriguing… Continue reading

Review: Book Scavenger

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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. 9781627791151. June 2015. Gr. 5-8. Sometimes you know that a book is going to be good even before you have reached the title page. What drew me… Continue reading

Just be yourself

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Just be yourself. We all have probably offered that bit of advice to the young people in our lives at some point. I know I have said it to my daughter. But sometimes… Continue reading

Little Critters Are Beautiful! (Well, Most of Them.)

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Little critters are fascinating…and beautiful, too.  Yes, they are!  When I first saw the mosaics of the wonderful artist Christopher Marley, I thought that he had painted his bugs before arranging them.  Real… Continue reading

Rainy Days and Mondays

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Vivid memories of experimenting and creating concoctions on rainy days during my younger years prepared me to be an Elementary Science prep teacher and challenged my inquisitive side.  The day I mixed baking… Continue reading

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

Author Spotlight: Joyce Sidman

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This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Writers & Writer’s Programs 2015 Conference where I was able to hear many different writers speak about their work. One of… Continue reading