Author Archive

Best Friends Forever

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I love a good friendship story. From picture books to teen fiction and everything in between, I have a particular weakness for the stories that portray deep and lasting friendships. I brought this… Continue reading

On Being the New Kid

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It isn’t easy to be the new kid. I know that from personal experience. I attended six different schools in five states before 7th grade, so there was a part of me that… Continue reading

Books to Keep You Guessing

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I don’t read a lot of mysteries or thrillers, but sometimes there is nothing better than a book that you just can’t put down because you have to know what’s going to happen… Continue reading

Exploring Immigration

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Immigrant. Refugee. Migrant. If you follow current events, you hear these words a lot.  But perhaps we don’t stop to think about them.  Francesca Sanna writes in the author’s note of her picture… Continue reading

Review: Finding Wild

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I have to admit that my idea of being “outdoorsy” is reading a book on the back patio of my Minneapolis apartment building. I’ve already admitted in my recent post about city life… Continue reading

City Life in Picture Books

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I love city life. There is always so much going on. It seems at any hour of the day or night, you can find something interesting happening in the city. First thing in… Continue reading

24 Hours or less

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One day can change your life. Anything can happen if you keep yourself open to the possibilities. In The Sun is Also a Star, it is Natasha’s last day in the United States.… Continue reading

Review: Little Cat’s Luck

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Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Jennifer Bell. 9781481424882. 2016. Gr. 3-6 Though Patches is a full grown cat, she is small and a little bit naïve about life… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Jason Reynolds

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You have to start somewhere.  Jason Reynolds, now an award winning novelist, started with a dream and a friend/collaborator. Before Jason Reynolds won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for… Continue reading

Review: Run

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Run by Kody Keplinger. 9780545831130. June 2016. Gr. 9-12 Bo and Agnes are very different. They are hardly the girls you might expect to be friends. Bo has a wild reputation, and Agnes… Continue reading