Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which resulted in the death of 146 garment workers. Many of these were young women who jumped to their deaths because it… Continue reading

Angels in Teen Fiction

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Feeling drained by vampire fiction? Lucky for you the new trend in paranormal fiction centers on angelic creatures. Series such as Hush, Hush and Fallen started this new craze and now angels are… Continue reading

Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal

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Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell.  2011. It’s hard to be normal when you have to milk goats every morning before school. Or when your mom is a quasi-celebrity who blogs… Continue reading

Book Review: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

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Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull.  March 2011. (advance copy) Jason Walker is your average 13-year-old boy. He loves baseball and working at his job in the zoo. His passion for… Continue reading

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  2011. (Advance Copy) “They took me in my nightgown.” This chilling sentence begins Ruta Sepetys powerful debut novel. Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family are taken in… Continue reading

Trailblazing Women

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You may not know their names, but these women are worth knowing. Freshen up your Women’s History Month displays with these picture books about lesser-known female trailblazers. I had no idea who Maria… Continue reading

Stand-out Teen Romances

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They meet, they fall in love, they fight, they make up. End of story. We all know how the story ends, so if a romance for teens is going to stand out from… Continue reading

Book Review: A Finders-Keepers Place

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A Finders-Keepers Place by Ann Haywood Leal. 2010. When Esther Page wakes up with a prickly feeling, she knows something is wrong. Again. When your mom has as many “notions” as Esther’s mom,… Continue reading

Book Review : Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. 2010. I watched the Apollo space missions when I was a child, and I remember being thrilled with… Continue reading

Book Review: Wither

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Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy : 1) by Lauren DeStefano. 2011. Imagine a world completely changed from what we comprehend at the present. World War III has obliterated every continent except North America. An… Continue reading