Author Archive

Commemorating the Titanic: 100 Years Later

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We’ve already mentioned several Titanic books in this blog (see Kristin’s post on the 99th anniversary of the Titanic disaster and my review of The Watch That Ends the Night).  But so many… Continue reading

Alphabet Picture Books

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When my younger son, Nathan, was 3, I realized that not all alphabet books were alike.  While browsing in the library, we found The Handmade Alphabet by Laura Rankin.  The great thing about… Continue reading

Book Review: Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution

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Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution by Laurence Pringle (ill. by Steve Jenkins). 2011. In Billions of Years, Amazing Changes : The Story of Evolution, Laurence Pringle, an award-winning… Continue reading

Book Review: Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles)

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Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles: 1) by John A. Flanagan. 2011. Reminiscent in time and place of the Vikings, Outcasts is the first book in the new Brotherband Chronicles, which is a companion series to… Continue reading

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