Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Book Review: Sparrow Road

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Sparrow Road by Shelia O’Connor.  Release Date: May 12th, 2011.  (ARC Copy) Raine O’Rourke’s life is turned upside down when her mother suddenly takes a job at a dilapidated mansion in the middle… 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: Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ : A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

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Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’ : A History of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke. Boyds Mills Press. 2011. Fender probably isn’t a household name for most people, but if you happen to be… 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

Book Review: Digging for Troy

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Jill Rubalcaba and Eric H. Cline, Digging for Troy:  From Homer to Hisarlik. 2011 For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by mythology. Whether reading about Orpheus journeying to… 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

Titles Good Enough For Lord Stanley Himself

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Yesterday I did something that I haven’t done in nearly 20 years.  I attended a National Hockey League game.  It was a contest between the hometown Minnesota Wild and the visiting Montreal Canadiens,… Continue reading