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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

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