Author Archive

Promising Fantasy Blooms—and a Contest Winner!

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Bitterblue (Graceling : 3) by Kristin Cashore. May 1, 2012. Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles : 2) by Melina Marchetta.  March 2012. For this fantasy lover, two great fantasy series have additions… Continue reading

A Dozen (or so) Great Picture Books, 2011

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I just spent another agonizing day of narrowing a list of great books down into a manageable, bloggable list.  This time I started with over 50 wonderful picture books, and I tried my… Continue reading

Tracey’s Top 10 (or so) Books of 2011

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One of my nieces not only loves to read, but she loves to TALK about reading. (Hi Stephanie!  I hope you like the books I sent!)  I visited my sister and her family… Continue reading

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