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Book Review: Dead End in Norvelt

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. 2011. In this wacky mix of memoir and fiction, Jack Gantos—who is both the author and the protagonist—starts out by saying, “School was finally out and… Continue reading

Book Review : The Watch That Ends the Night

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The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf. 2011. The news of the sinking of the Titanic shook the world, and now, almost a century later, the event still fascinates people.  And… Continue reading

Book Review : The Scorpio Races

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. 2011. Speaking very broadly, I would say that there are two types of horse stories that young people love.  First is the kind where a girl or… Continue reading

Book Review: Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor

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Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History series) by Michael Bergan. 2011. Child labor was common in the United States in the 19th century.  Children, sometimes as young… Continue reading

Promising Blooms : The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. January 10, 2012. John Green’s newest book will be coming out in early January, and in my opinion, it is his best yet.  It is… Continue reading

Book Review: The Absolute Value of Mike

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The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine. 2011. Mike’s dad is a brilliant mathematician, but he has trouble doing the ordinary things—like making meals, paying bills, and finding his car keys.  Mike… Continue reading

Book Review : Wonderstruck

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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. 2011. (advance copy) So much has already been written and said about Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck that I hardly know what I can add to it.  The story is sweetly… Continue reading

Series Review : Scientists in the Field

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Science educational standards for most states include scientific methodology, and Scientists in the Fieldis a great series to use for teaching kids in intermediate grades and middle school about the work of scientists. … Continue reading

Dirty Bodies and Filthy Houses : A History

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I’ve never claimed to have a clean house.  In fact, with two dogs and three young men living in my house, I’ve pretty given up on anything close to a pristine environment. Aayla,… Continue reading

Book Review : Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading by Tommy Greenwald. 2011. I hate to dust. Whenever I make a “To Do” list, dusting is always on the top, because it always needs to… Continue reading