How to Make Friends

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It isn’t easy to make friends sometimes.  Maybe you’re small, or loud, or just new.  Where do you start?  How do you meet other kids?  These books might be the how-to some kids… Continue reading

Book Review: Legend

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Legend by Marie Lu.  Release date: Nov. 29th, 2011 (ARC copy) Disheartened by the fact that there will not be another Hunger Games book out this fall, I immediately perked up when this… Continue reading

Exploring Character Education with Picture Books

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Among the sessions I was able to attend at the recent AASL conference was one that focused on character education through picture books.  Most of the books that the presenter discussed in the… Continue reading

Unlikely Animal Friendships

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The key with books about animal friendships is to entice the reader with captivating photographs as well as a meaningful story–which is what each of these books does so well. All of these… Continue reading

Promising Bloom: Wonder

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When Wonder by R.J. Palacio found its way to my desk, I was disappointed.  The book was not disappointing; the timing was. I had just spent months scouring library collections and wading through… Continue reading

Book Review: Tuesdays at the Castle

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Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George. October, 2011 (ARC copy). Castle Glower has a mind of its own, literally. Every Tuesday it creates new rooms and corridors, and it shows preference for… Continue reading

Historical fiction has it all

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One of the reasons I like historical fiction is the variety within the genre.  You can find adventure, romance, humor, and realism in a historical novel. All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky… Continue reading

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. 2011. Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well. Are you intrigued yet? Wishes, teeth, mythical… Continue reading

Book Review: Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor

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Breaker Boys : How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History series) by Michael Bergan. 2011. Child labor was common in the United States in the 19th century.  Children, sometimes as young… Continue reading

Promising Blooms : The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. January 10, 2012. John Green’s newest book will be coming out in early January, and in my opinion, it is his best yet.  It is… Continue reading