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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