Category Archive: Historical

Book Review: Ripper

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Ripper by Stefan Petrucha. March 2012 (advance copy) Grades 7-12 9780399255243 Carver Young is living in an orphanage in New York City. The year is 1895, seven years after the Ripper killing spree… Continue reading

U.S. History in Picture Books!

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As you can probably tell by now, I love history.  And I love when history comes alive in books and stories.  So when I find good picture books that focus on history, I… Continue reading

February is Black History Month

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“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, / I am the dream and hope of the slave. / I rise. / I rise. / I rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, Still I Rise. Whenever… Continue reading

Historical Fiction for Elementary School

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Historical fiction is a great way for kids to get a glimpse of the past if they don’t like reading non-fiction. Historical fiction allows readers to immerse themselves in the past, to feel… Continue reading

Mock ALA Awards – Lindsey’s Picks

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When Kristin first suggested selecting our own nominees for the ALA awards, I was excited. But then came the agony of narrowing down all the wonderful and fantastic books that came out this… Continue reading

ALA Mock Youth Media Awards – Kristin’s Picks

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If you are anything like us, you are eagerly anticipating the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 23rd. It’s like the Oscars for librarians, and the Collection Development department at Mackin has definitely… Continue reading

Review: Breaking Stalin’s Nose

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Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin. 2011. Ten-year-old Sasha is a good Communist. He is about to become a Young Pioneer, which is a great honor in Stalin-era Russia.  He knows what is… 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

Author Interview : Saundra Mitchell

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Happy Turkey Day, folks!! Today I’m very excited to share our first author interview on Books in Bloom, featuring Saundra Mitchell! Saundra is the author of Shadowed Summer, The Vespertine, and upcoming Springsweet… Continue reading