Category Archive: Realistic

Promising Bloom: Wonder

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When Wonder by R.J. Palacio found its way to my desk, I was disappointed.  The book was not disappointing; the timing was. I had just spent months scouring library collections and wading through… Continue reading

Promising Blooms : The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. January 10, 2012. John Green’s newest book will be coming out in early January, and in my opinion, it is his best yet.  It is… Continue reading

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, in 2011 there will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer.  That number is overwhelming to me.  In honor of Breast Cancer… Continue reading

Book Review: The Absolute Value of Mike

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The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine. 2011. Mike’s dad is a brilliant mathematician, but he has trouble doing the ordinary things—like making meals, paying bills, and finding his car keys.  Mike… Continue reading

Stomp Out Bullying

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“Stomp Out Bullying” is a campaign whose initiative is to stop bullying and cyber-bullying. I first heard about this on author Heather Brewer’s blog, and I thought the idea was worthy of a… Continue reading

Beyond Inexcusable

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Chris Lynch raised some important and provocative questions in his 2005 novel Inexcusable, in which a high school senior is accused of date rape.  This book certainly wasn’t the first time that rape… Continue reading

Back to School

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I hope Books in Bloom readers are settling into the new school year nicely.  Here in our office, the new school year means we are busy with collection development requests from schools across… Continue reading

Book Review: Bunheads

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Bunheads. By Sophie Flack.  October 2011. (Advance copy) One of the first posts on this blog, back in February, was Tracey’s round-up of ballet picture books.  Those six titles for preschoolers and primary… Continue reading

Exploring Addiction and Recovery in Teen Fiction

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There are many books, both fiction and nonfiction, about the dangers of drug abuse for teens, but there are decidedly fewer about quitting drugs.  Since September, National Recovery Month, is just around the… Continue reading

Book Review : Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading

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Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading by Tommy Greenwald. 2011. I hate to dust. Whenever I make a “To Do” list, dusting is always on the top, because it always needs to… Continue reading