Author Archive

Book Review : Seraphina

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. 9780375866562. 2012. Gr 9-12. The English journalist and bibliophile Holbrook Jackson said, “Books worth reading are worth re-reading.” I am a steadfast re-reader.   I get as much pleasure reading… Continue reading

Series Review: Chet and Bernie Mystery series

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I’m not necessarily a fan of mystery series, but Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mystery series is one of my favorites. Though written for adults, it would be an excellent addition to high school… Continue reading

Rescue Me! : Shelter Dogs

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We are definitely dog people and have almost always had two of them at a time.  Though we have had purebreds (got them free from a friend), most of our dogs (and other… 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

Summer Reading: Work or Play?

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Though I always enjoyed school, I found summer to be exciting because I could read what I wanted.  No required reading for three whole months!  My mom would take me to the public… Continue reading

Book Review: The Hunt

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The Hunt by Andre Fukuda. 9781250005144. 2012. Gr 9-12. I have always loved scary stories.  They’ve never really bothered me, and I love the suspense. When Karen H, my good friend and roommate… Continue reading

I Didn’t See It Coming! Picture Books with Surprise Endings

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Mom’s empty lap = Story Time. Every time I sat down when my boys were little, they would come to me with arms full of books, and climb into my lap.  I usually… Continue reading

Gardening Books for Spring

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My mom had a huge garden when I was growing up, so I spent a lot of my summer working in the dirt:  weeding, planting, weeding, watering, weeding, and harvesting.  Every once in… Continue reading

Book Review : Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

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Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly. 2011. 9780753466872. Gr 4-7. Come in and take a tour of the Pox Lab—if you dare! This fascinating and humorous book describes… 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