Tag Archive: Harper Collins

A Dozen of Tracey’s Favorite 2012 Nonfiction

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It’s time for that most strenuous time of year.  No, not the holidays—but the making of the top 10 lists.  Let me confess:  I just can’t do it.  I don’t think I have… Continue reading

This Book Is for Everyone: Embracing Diversity within Identity

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We all know that there are very good books out there that depict characters of diverse backgrounds, making it easier to reach out to the kids we know from diverse backgrounds. But finding… Continue reading

Series Review : Gallagher Girls

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James Bond.  Jason Bourne.  Alex Rider. Maxwell Smart.  What do all of these fictional characters have in common?  They are all spies.  They are all male.  And they are all very good at… Continue reading

Teaching Math with Picture Books

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I’ve always been a word person rather than a number person.  Though I was a pretty good math student, it was my hardest subject—and I still sometimes have to think twice (or more)… Continue reading

Blinded Me with Science! – Science Fiction Novels for Teens

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Congratulations, Ms. Provence–you are the winner of an autographed copy of Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.  Please e-mail us your address at booksinbloom@mackin.com, and we will send it out to you today.  And thank… Continue reading

“Very Superstitious, Writings on the Wall” – Supernatural Teen Fiction

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Stevie Wonder’s famous song “Superstitious” always makes me think of supernatural novels. I guess I am just one of those people that has to relate song titles to books. (Have you noticed the… Continue reading

National Poetry Month

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Take Two! A Celebration of Twins by Patrick J. Lewis & Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2012. 9780763637026. Gr. PS-3. I have a niece and nephew who are twins, so when I… Continue reading

I Will Survive! – Survival Novels in Science Fiction

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In honor of The Hunger Games, I just had to do a post about survival novels. And if you are wondering…yes, I am going to the midnight showing (I am that person). Survival… Continue reading

Using Poetry Books as Writing Examples

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When I was in school—whether elementary or secondary—I did not like writing poetry.  The worst part was that I could never think of what to write about.  Not that there wasn’t anything to… Continue reading

Alphabet Picture Books

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When my younger son, Nathan, was 3, I realized that not all alphabet books were alike.  While browsing in the library, we found The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin.  The great thing about… Continue reading