Category Archive: Fiction

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

Book Review: Sparrow Road

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Sparrow Road by Shelia O’Connor.  Release Date: May 12th, 2011.  (ARC Copy) Raine O’Rourke’s life is turned upside down when her mother suddenly takes a job at a dilapidated mansion in the middle… 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

National Pet Week

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Being the huge animal-lover that I am, I wanted to make sure that National Pet Week (2nd week in May) is recognized as a very important week! Pets come in many shapes and… 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

Holocaust Remembance Week (May 1-8)

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This posting is my acknowledgement of the suffering and perseverance of the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. Over the years I have read many different stories about the Holocaust. When I heard… Continue reading

Book Review: Entwined

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Like most girls, I grew up on fairy tales. I watched all the Disney movies and read as many fairy tale books as I could get my hands on. Whether it was Ariel… Continue reading

April is National Garden Month

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April supposedly brings ‘showers’ (in Minnesota, more like snow showers), which in turn will bring ‘May flowers.’ In order to get those beautiful May flowers, you need to start gardening now since April… Continue reading

The Immigrant Experience in Fiction

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People come to this country for many different reasons, and they face different challenges once they get here. In the Sydney Taylor Honor book Life, After, Dani lives with her family in Argentina… Continue reading

99th Anniversary of the Titanic disaster

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 April 15, 2011 marks the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Why are we still so fascinated by this ship and its passengers? For me, it’s because of the unknowns… Continue reading