Category Archive: Fiction

Holding Out For A (Super) Hero

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With the calendar about to flip into August, we are most definitely entering the “dog days of summer”.  In the entertainment industry, this time period is smack dab in the middle of “superhero… Continue reading

Review: Little Cat’s Luck

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Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Jennifer Bell. 9781481424882. 2016. Gr. 3-6 Though Patches is a full grown cat, she is small and a little bit naïve about life… Continue reading

Review: Julia Vanishes

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Julia has the dangerous ability to remain unseen, not actually invisible, but a person’s senses will easily glance over her so she is easily able to blend into her surroundings. In Spira City… Continue reading

Early Chapter Book Series for Beginning Readers

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I was determined that I was never going to learn to read. My dad always read to us, every night without fail. We didn’t have a lot of books in our house, but… Continue reading

Plight of Immigrants

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With war, persecution, and violence prevalent in many parts of the world, refugees are fleeing in record numbers trying to find a better life elsewhere.  Their assimilation into a world new to them… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Tattoo Stories : Family History, Not Just for Photo Albums

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Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee. 9781452119373. 2016. Gr PK-2. Responding to his son’s curiosity, a father tells their family history through the stories behind each of his tattoos.   Tattoos… Continue reading

Review: Change Places With Me

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Rose wakes up one Sunday morning with a bright red light behind her eyes, an ache in her jaw, and feeling strangely happy and excited for change in her life. She tells her… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Jason Reynolds

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You have to start somewhere.  Jason Reynolds, now an award winning novelist, started with a dream and a friend/collaborator. Before Jason Reynolds won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for… Continue reading

How You Play The Game(s)

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Not long ago, fellow blogger Anna featured some videogame-centric titles in this post.  While reading that entry, it really got me thinking about some of the great memories I also experienced as a… Continue reading