Fantastic History Biographies

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As a lover of history, I’m also a big fan of biographies. They allow us a glimpse into a person’s life and the time period they lived in. And the truly great biographers… Continue reading

A Bit of Magic

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Sometimes what a story needs is just a little bit of magic to give things a push in the right direction. These stories are all set in a world that looks a lot… Continue reading

Fascinating Science Series for Middle School Boys

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In an article entitled The Gross and the Gory: Making a Reading Connection with Boys, it says: “Boys are looking to be engaged in reading. They want to read fun books that they… Continue reading

Book review: Return of the Dapper Men

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Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann, with art by Janet Lee. In the land of Anorev time has ceased to exist, and machines and children are left to their own devices. … Continue reading

Book Review: In the Garden of Beasts

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  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson. 2011. The year is 1933, and President Roosevelt is looking for a new American Ambassador for… Continue reading

Bringing the Arts Alive

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I think science is fascinating, but, to be honest, my heart is in the arts.  I live for poetry and music, and perhaps some of your students feel the same.  Or maybe they… Continue reading

Book Review: Abandon

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Abandon by Meg Cabot. 2011. Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated with Greek mythology. I remember pouring over stories of Hermes and Perseus, but the one story I kept… Continue reading

What It Means to Be a Hero

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Anyone of us might be a hero.  The students in your schools might change the world one day, and it may begin with a book.  In Giant Steps to Change the World, Spike Lee… Continue reading

Book Review: Forgotten

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Forgotten by Cat Patrick. 2011. London has a unique problem. Every morning at precisely 4:33 a.m., her past is wiped from her memory, and she wakes up with only memories of the future.… Continue reading

Help Rebuild Joplin’s School Libraries

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In response to the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, Mackin has created a special Funds4Books Disaster Relief program to to help rebuild the school library collections that were damaged… Continue reading