Author Archive

Books with covers that BOYS will actually pick up…

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I think we’ve all noticed the YA trend with beautiful girls on the cover, usually in elaborate gowns with long flowing hair.  Now I love these books as much as the next person,… Continue reading

Book Review : Snow in Summer : Fairest of Them All

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Snow in Summer : Fairest of Them All by Jane Yolen.  November, 2011.  9780399256639.  Gr. 5-8. Snow in Summer’s life came to a crashing halt when she was seven and her mother died.… Continue reading

Series Review and Giveaway : Graceling, Fire & Bitterblue – Giveaway Closed

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This past Monday our department had the huge pleasure of meeting with Kristin Cashore!  You can imagine our excitement since we’re all crazy about her books and couldn’t wait to meet the genius… Continue reading

Here Be Dragons…

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Ever since I watched Dragonheart as a child, I’ve had a special affinity for dragons.  I mean, c’mon, who wouldn’t love a dragon with Sean Connery’s voice?  Whether they’re cast as the heroes… 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

Book Review: Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion

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Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple.  2011. 9780545296540. Gr 6-9. All of us know about the Pearl Harbor bombings, but did you know that on… Continue reading

Book Review: Ripper

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Ripper by Stefan Petrucha. March 2012 (advance copy) Grades 7-12 9780399255243 Carver Young is living in an orphanage in New York City. The year is 1895, seven years after the Ripper killing spree… Continue reading

U.S. History in Picture Books!

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As you can probably tell by now, I love history.  And I love when history comes alive in books and stories.  So when I find good picture books that focus on history, I… Continue reading

Historical Fiction for Elementary School

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Historical fiction is a great way for kids to get a glimpse of the past if they don’t like reading non-fiction. Historical fiction allows readers to immerse themselves in the past, to feel… Continue reading

Mock ALA Awards – Lindsey’s Picks

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When Kristin first suggested selecting our own nominees for the ALA awards, I was excited. But then came the agony of narrowing down all the wonderful and fantastic books that came out this… Continue reading