Author Archive

Book Review: Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ : A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

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Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ : A History of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke. Boyds Mills Press. 2011. Fender probably isn’t a household name for most people, but if you happen to be… Continue reading

The Immigrant Experience in Fiction

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People come to this country for many different reasons, and they face different challenges once they get here. In the Sydney Taylor Honor book Life, After, Dani lives with her family in Argentina… Continue reading

April is Autism Awareness Month

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There are many ribbons to go with many causes. Red, pink, and yellow ribbons often adorn lapels or cars, but the ribbon for autism awareness stands out among many with its brightly colored… Continue reading

Food for Thought

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My favorite kind of food is the kind that someone makes for me. Don’t get me wrong; I like to cook. I’m just not very good at it, so it’s nice to not… Continue reading

Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal

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Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell.  2011. It’s hard to be normal when you have to milk goats every morning before school. Or when your mom is a quasi-celebrity who blogs… Continue reading

Trailblazing Women

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You may not know their names, but these women are worth knowing. Freshen up your Women’s History Month displays with these picture books about lesser-known female trailblazers. I had no idea who Maria… Continue reading

Stand-out Teen Romances

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They meet, they fall in love, they fight, they make up. End of story. We all know how the story ends, so if a romance for teens is going to stand out from… Continue reading

Book Review: A Finders-Keepers Place

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A Finders-Keepers Place by Ann Haywood Leal. 2010. When Esther Page wakes up with a prickly feeling, she knows something is wrong. Again. When your mom has as many “notions” as Esther’s mom,… Continue reading