Category Archive: Novels

On Being the New Kid

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It isn’t easy to be the new kid. I know that from personal experience. I attended six different schools in five states before 7th grade, so there was a part of me that… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite 2016 Fiction

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So many books, so little space in a blog post! These are my favorite fiction titles from 2016, which makes this a highly personal list. I like to read books in almost every… Continue reading

Going Rogue

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In case you hadn’t heard (ha…yeah right!), another chapter in the Star Wars saga will be revealed in theaters tomorrow… Though not an “official” episode (the ones featuring the iconic Roman numerals), this… Continue reading

Books to Keep You Guessing

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I don’t read a lot of mysteries or thrillers, but sometimes there is nothing better than a book that you just can’t put down because you have to know what’s going to happen… Continue reading

I…Robot?

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Recently, I have been fascinated by the television show “Westworld”, which describes a future world where robotics & artificial intelligence have advanced to the point of making the cybernetic beings indistinguishable from the… Continue reading

Best Of: Historical Fiction & Social Studies Favorites

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Not long ago, I presented some booktalks at the annual ITEM (Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota) conference in Minnesota.  My areas this year included Historical Fiction & Social Studies titles for the… Continue reading

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