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

Book Review: This Dark Endeavor

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This Dark Endeavor : The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel. 2011. (ARC Copy) Pub date: August 23rd, 2011 Victor constantly compares himself to his twin brother Konrad, often coming up short.… Continue reading

Animal Poetry

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One of my most cherished poetry books as a child was A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. Flipping through the well-loved pages, I of course had my favorites, but I always… Continue reading

Book Review : Eight Keys

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Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur August 2011. (ARC) Since middle school started, Elise’s happy life has turned rocky.  She doesn’t know what to do about her best friend, Franklin; all his talk of… Continue reading