Category Archive: Novels

Take Me Out To The Ball…Park

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Sports teams have a habit of being wildly inconsistent from year to year.  Sometimes they win big…sometimes they occupy the cellar.  The one thing that stays relatively constant, however, is each team’s stadium… Continue reading

Review: You Will Know Me

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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. 9780316231077. 2016. Gr 11-Adult. If you had Olympic fever like I did, chances are you spent some time watching sports drama unfold in Rio this summer.… Continue reading

To Boldly Go…

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On September 8, 1966 (three years before Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for man”), a new TV show aired on NBC centering on the space adventures of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise… Continue reading

24 Hours or less

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One day can change your life. Anything can happen if you keep yourself open to the possibilities. In The Sun is Also a Star, it is Natasha’s last day in the United States.… Continue reading

Holding Out For A (Super) Hero

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With the calendar about to flip into August, we are most definitely entering the “dog days of summer”.  In the entertainment industry, this time period is smack dab in the middle of “superhero… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Jason Reynolds

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You have to start somewhere.  Jason Reynolds, now an award winning novelist, started with a dream and a friend/collaborator. Before Jason Reynolds won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for… Continue reading

Review: Run

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Run by Kody Keplinger. 9780545831130. June 2016. Gr. 9-12 Bo and Agnes are very different. They are hardly the girls you might expect to be friends. Bo has a wild reputation, and Agnes… Continue reading

It’s About “Time”

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I was born in 1985…the year that Marty McFly got Doc Brown’s time-traveling Delorean up to 88 mph. My Dad was born in 1955…the year that Marty’s parents must be set on the… Continue reading

Series Review: Hamster Princess

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Harriet Hamsterbone is no ordinary princess. The cover of the books in Ursula Vernon’s new series may be glittery pink and purple, but the heroine of the series, Princess Harriet, is hardly the… Continue reading