Category Archive: Fiction

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

Angels in Teen Fiction

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Feeling drained by vampire fiction? Lucky for you the new trend in paranormal fiction centers on angelic creatures. Series such as Hush, Hush and Fallen started this new craze and now angels are… Continue reading

Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal

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Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell.  2011. It’s hard to be normal when you have to milk goats every morning before school. Or when your mom is a quasi-celebrity who blogs… Continue reading

Book Review: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

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Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull.  March 2011. (advance copy) Jason Walker is your average 13-year-old boy. He loves baseball and working at his job in the zoo. His passion for… Continue reading

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  2011. (Advance Copy) “They took me in my nightgown.” This chilling sentence begins Ruta Sepetys powerful debut novel. Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family are taken in… Continue reading

Stand-out Teen Romances

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They meet, they fall in love, they fight, they make up. End of story. We all know how the story ends, so if a romance for teens is going to stand out from… Continue reading

Book Review: A Finders-Keepers Place

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A Finders-Keepers Place by Ann Haywood Leal. 2010. When Esther Page wakes up with a prickly feeling, she knows something is wrong. Again. When your mom has as many “notions” as Esther’s mom,… Continue reading