Category Archive: Fiction

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

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

April is Autism Awareness Month

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There are many ribbons to go with many causes. Red, pink, and yellow ribbons often adorn lapels or cars, but the ribbon for autism awareness stands out among many with its brightly colored… Continue reading

Graphic Novels for Elementary and Middle School

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Looking for graphic novels that will appeal to elementary and middle school? You are in luck! Prepare yourselves for meteors, talking dogs, and lovable skeletal horses. These graphic novels are just a few… Continue reading

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which resulted in the death of 146 garment workers. Many of these were young women who jumped to their deaths because it… Continue reading