Graphic Novel: Level Up

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Level Up by Gene Luen Yang, art by Thien Pham. 2011. Every parent’s dream for their children is drawn (no pun intended) to its highest level.  All that Dennis Ouyang’s parents wanted for… Continue reading

Dirty Bodies and Filthy Houses : A History

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I’ve never claimed to have a clean house.  In fact, with two dogs and three young men living in my house, I’ve pretty given up on anything close to a pristine environment. Aayla,… Continue reading

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 2011. Ransom Riggs’ first novel is not only creep-tastic, it is a well-developed story that will have you fascinated until the very end. The… Continue reading

Book Review: The Abandoned Lighthouse

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The Abandoned Lighthouse by Albert Lamb and David McPhail (illustrator). 2011. This book may be named for the lighthouse, but it is the rowboat that will pique readers’ curiosity. A bear finds a… Continue reading

Book Review: A Tale of Two Castles

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A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine. May, 2011 At the age of twelve, sorry, fourteen, Elodie bids her parents farewell and crosses the sea for the City of Two Castles.… Continue reading

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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As the first day of school approaches, parents and preschool teachers are getting their soon-to-be kindergarteners ready.  They may be reviewing skills, visiting the new school, and talking about the upcoming changes.  Kindergarten… Continue reading

Graphic Novel: The Last Zombie

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The Last Zombie. Story by Brian Keene, art by Joseph Wright. 2011. Imagine a world where the distinctive smell of rotting flesh is the norm.  As you scavenge for food, surrounded by pits… Continue reading

Fantastical Fiction for Intermediate Students

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Author Paul Sweeney once said, “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” That is exactly how… 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

Asking Questions

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Engage kids’ natural curiosity with these books that tackle questions from various perspectives. For your littlest listeners, Eve Bunting’s latest picture book, Tweak Tweak, is a gentle look at the animal world through… Continue reading