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150th Anniversary of the Civil War

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America’s bloodiest war began 150 years ago Tuesday when Confederate forces attacked the U.S. militia at Fort Sumter in South Carolina.  Ending with the abolishment of slavery and a death toll that exceeds… Continue reading

Book Review: Digging for Troy

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Jill Rubalcaba and Eric H. Cline, Digging for Troy:  From Homer to Hisarlik. 2011 For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by mythology. Whether reading about Orpheus journeying to… Continue reading

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which resulted in the death of 146 garment workers. Many of these were young women who jumped to their deaths because it… Continue reading

Book Review: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

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Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull.  March 2011. (advance copy) Jason Walker is your average 13-year-old boy. He loves baseball and working at his job in the zoo. His passion for… Continue reading

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  2011. (Advance Copy) “They took me in my nightgown.” This chilling sentence begins Ruta Sepetys powerful debut novel. Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family are taken in… Continue reading

Book Review : Tyger Tyger

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Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.  2010.  (advance copy) Kersten Hamilton weaves a tale of fantasy, adventure, danger and romance with her first young adult novel. Seventeen-year-old Teagen works with chimpanzees doing research with… Continue reading