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

Science titles for Middle and High School

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During one of my reference internships at a public library, I remember looking for appealing science books for teens. Thinking it wouldn’t be that hard of a task, I searched through the stacks… Continue reading

Cold-Blooded Books for Budding Herpetologists

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I grew up with three sisters.  I do not remember any conversations about snakes or lizards.  Not one. Now I have two sons.  By the time my older son, Alex, was four years… Continue reading

Read-alouds for Your Littlest Listeners

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In Reading Magic Mem Fox advises parents to “Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.” With this quote in mind, I set out to find some happy picture… Continue reading

The World of Imagination

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Children’s imaginations fascinate me. When my nephew turned 3, my brother bought him one of those hummer electric cars, but being 3 years old, Alex was more scared of the car than excited.… Continue reading

Kidnapped

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I must confess that I haven’t read the Robert Louis Stevenson classic from which I lifted the title of this post, but I have read several teen novels recently that have to do… Continue reading

Elementary Books for Boys

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This statistic provided by GuysRead.com was what initially motivated me to post about books for boys:  “The U.S. Department of Education reading tests for the last 30 years show boys scoring worse than… Continue reading