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Book Review : Eight Keys

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Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur August 2011. (ARC) Since middle school started, Elise’s happy life has turned rocky.  She doesn’t know what to do about her best friend, Franklin; all his talk of… Continue reading

Cold-Blooded Books for Budding Herpetologists

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I grew up with three sisters.  I do not remember any conversations about snakes or lizards.  Not one. Now I have two sons.  By the time my older son, Alex, was four years… Continue reading

Book Review : Horton Halfpott and the Extremely Long Title

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Horton Halfpott : or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugtick Manor; or, The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset by Tom Angleberger. 2011. (ARC) I must admit—I love long titles.  So when we received an… Continue reading

Picture Books on Grief and Loss

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As adults, we have all lost someone we loved, but teachers and media specialists and daycare providers sometimes have to help a child who has experienced a loss for the first time—the death… Continue reading

Yo-ho! Yo-ho! A Pirate’s Life for Me!

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Blackbeard.  Captain Jack Sparrow. Henry Morgan. Long John Silver. Anne Bonny. Captain Hook. Do you know which of these famous pirates were real? Pirates have long held a fascination for both boys and… Continue reading

Book Review: Okay For Now

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Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. 2011. Gary Schmidt’s newest stand-alone novel, Okay For Now, is a companion to his Newbery Honor winner, The Wednesday Wars, and the protagonist in the new… Continue reading

Coming Up: April and National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month, one of my favorite book celebrations. Funny thing is—I don’t really remember a lot of poetry as a young child, just nursery rhymes, the songs and hymns at… Continue reading

Book Review : Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. 2010. I watched the Apollo space missions when I was a child, and I remember being thrilled with… Continue reading

Dance, Dance, Dance!

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A troupe of picture books about ballerinas has recently danced their way onto my desk…and except for the fact that several of them are pink (VERY pink—but more about that later), I have… Continue reading