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

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