Book Review: Dead End in Norvelt

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. 2011. In this wacky mix of memoir and fiction, Jack Gantos—who is both the author and the protagonist—starts out by saying, “School was finally out and… Continue reading

Author Interview: Jessica Day George

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Today I’m excited to introduce Jessica Day George, one of my favorite authors!  I’ve mentioned before how I can’t resist a good fairytale story and Jessica writes some of the best! Jessica earned… Continue reading

Connecting Fiction to the Curriculum

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So much inspiration at this year’s AASL conference!  My last post expanded on a session I attended about character education and picture books.  This post I’d like to explore a statement I heard… Continue reading

Author Interview: Brenna Yovanoff

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I am so thrilled to introduce one of my favorite authors, Brenna Yovanoff! If you happen to recall, I reviewed her latest release The Space Between recently, which you can view here. Brenna… Continue reading

Wintery Picture Books

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Winter has never been one of my favorite seasons. Being a Minnesotan all my life, you think I would be used to our 50-below-zero temps and occasional snowstorms in March. Not so much!… Continue reading

Book Review : The Watch That Ends the Night

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The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf. 2011. The news of the sinking of the Titanic shook the world, and now, almost a century later, the event still fascinates people.  And… Continue reading

Author Interview : Saundra Mitchell

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Happy Turkey Day, folks!! Today I’m very excited to share our first author interview on Books in Bloom, featuring Saundra Mitchell! Saundra is the author of Shadowed Summer, The Vespertine, and upcoming Springsweet… Continue reading

Book Review & Promising Bloom

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The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell. March 2011. Amelia van den Broek’s brother sends her to stay with her cousin in Baltimore with one goal in mind: To find a suitable man and marry… Continue reading

Book Review: The Space Between

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The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. 2011. (ARC Copy) Imagine a place where everything is made of silver and metal, including the flowers. Welcome to Pandemonium, a section of hell that is the… Continue reading

Book Review : The Scorpio Races

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. 2011. Speaking very broadly, I would say that there are two types of horse stories that young people love.  First is the kind where a girl or… Continue reading