Tag Archive: magic

Military Appreciation Day is Every Day

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With Veterans Day fast approaching, it behooves all adults to better familiarize our youth on what the day symbolizes for Americans. It is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended… Continue reading

High Interest Nonfiction for Boys

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We all know the challenges struggling readers face.  Often, those struggles are magnified even more with boys.  Luckily, we have many excellent educators and librarians out there spreading awareness and working with boys… Continue reading

Book Review : The Quirks – “And I thought MY family was weird!”

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The Quirks : Welcome to Normal by  Erin Soderberg. 9781599907895. 2013. Gr 4-6. The Quirks have just moved (again!)—this time to the little town of Normal, Michigan. They sincerely hope that they can… Continue reading

Book Review: Dark Lord : The Early Years – An April Fools’ Joke?

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Dark Lord : The Early Years by Jamie Thomson Dirk Lloyd. 9780802728494. 2012. Gr 5-8. My dad loved jokes and pranks, and I am my father’s daughter.  The difference between us is that… Continue reading

Book Review: The Night Circus

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. September 13, 2011. (ARC Copy) “The Circus arrives without warning.” This intriguing sentence starts off a tale of magic, romance, and wonderment in debut author Erin Morgenstern’s… Continue reading

Fantastical Fiction for Intermediate Students

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Author Paul Sweeney once said, “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” That is exactly how… 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

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

99th Anniversary of the Titanic disaster

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 April 15, 2011 marks the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Why are we still so fascinated by this ship and its passengers? For me, it’s because of the unknowns… Continue reading

Book Review: Hamster Magic

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Hamster Magic by Lynne Jonell (Brandon Dorman, illus.). 2010. Lynne Jonell is renowned for her Emmy series which has been a huge success with children and teachers.  Jonell, being no stranger to the… Continue reading