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The One and Only Ivan
4.20
Mr. Hankins is putting his readers on THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN for the beginning of 2012's reading season.

Think of all of the good stuff you loved about
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Nov 12, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
 
Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
4.57
That I get to review this book is one of the pleasures of having a friendship with Donalyn Miller.

It's easy to slip into this kind of language. Isn't
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May 21, 2013
May 27, 2013
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.39
1/10: Let's give the swell of readers a week or two before we say too much about this wonderful YA title to kick off the new reading year. THE FAULT I ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 10, 2012
 
Liar & Spy
3.84
No spoilers here, but fans of WHEN YOU REACH ME will appreciate the references Stead makes within the story that can lead to conversations outside of ...more
May 2012
Apr 29, 2012
 
Wonder
4.42
I read this in September of 2011 and realized that I had never posted a review. Wow. . .

I did, however, post a look at WONDER with THE TIPPING POINT a
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Jun 11, 2012
Nov 21, 2011
 
BZRK (BZRK, #1)
3.71
***No Spoilers***

As I have "seen" some things while reading Michael Grant's new title, I'd like to share them with you. . .if only in an effort to abs
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Feb 25, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
One for the Murphys
4.30
I had read 40 pages into ONE FOR THE MURPHYS before I had to leave for family activities yesterday.

So, I picked the book back up, and with a cup of co
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Jun 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
Forest Has a Song: Poems
4.21
"I'm here./Come visit./Please?"

I get excited when someone out there who gives so much to the poetry community by way of celebrating the works of other
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Mar 19, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
 
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
4.23
Tanya Lee Stone returns to the picture book format to bring us the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America. The title alone pr ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
See You at Harry's
4.08
As this is a May 2012 release we will have more to say about SEE YOU AT HARRY'S as it's release date draws near. For those of you who have loved Jo Kn ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
 
Fly a Little Higher
4.67
I got to see the SoulPancake video of the "My Last Days" series that featured Zach Sobiech in May of 2013. Our school year had already ended.

As it tu
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May 11, 2014
May 11, 2014
 
Never Fall Down
4.17
"As a child, I never imagined good people in the world. . ."

In 1979, fourteen-year old, Arn Chorn-Pond, wandered into a United Nations camp on the bor
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Apr 14, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
 
Same Sun Here
3.90
What kind of genre is necessary to demonstrate that two characters--despite their differences in nationality and identity--share some of the same cele ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Oct 25, 2011
 
Alphabet Everywhere
3.83
I collect alphabet books for use in Room 407 to teach a lesson on Categorization and Classification. I CANNOT WAIT for this one to hit the shelves in ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Sway
3.87
We'll have more to say about SWAY as the May 2012 release date approaches.

In the mean time, if you have trusted my recommendations in the past, go ah
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Jan 08, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
 
Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life
3.84
Someday
you will understand
that life
can't flow
as you always planned.

from "Since"

Lee Bennett Hopkins opens up his world to readers who have treasured h
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Mar 30, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
 
House Held Up by Trees
3.89
An older house, fallen into disrepair, is supported by the trees that grow around it and eventually hold it aloft within their branches.

In 2010, Ted
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Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
4.40
As a younger child, my mother worked in a long-term care facility. Her shift was such that I would ride to work with her and then catch the bus from t ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Things to Say to a Dead Man: Poems at the End of a Marriage and After
3.97
I get the joy of reading a new poem from Jane each day in November as part of a fundraiser for a literacy initiative out east. But these aren't those ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 24, 2011
 
I am a Pole (And So Can You!)
3.89
Funny. Poignant with the Sendak inserts to include a blurb on the front cover and an illustration in the back of the book. Stephen Colbert does what g ...more
May 09, 2012
May 06, 2012
 
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
4.03
From the first pages of IN DADDY'S ARMS I AM TALL: AFRICAN AMERICANS CELEBRATING FATHERS:

"When you follow in the path of your father,
you learn to wal
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Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
Baseball, Snakes, and Summer Squash
4.30
Fans of Donald Graves's work will not want to miss this collection of loosely connected narrative poems from 1996. This would be a super mentor text f ...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
3.58
April 13th, 2012:

Jesse Andrews's name and this particular title have come up in two separate conversations or interactions this week. This means that
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Dec 17, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
 
Sitti's Secrets
4.19
"My grandmother lives on the other side of the earth. . ."

Naomi Shihab Nye's picture book about a young girl meeting her grandmother is beautiful in p
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May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
3.70
Henry. Jessie, Violet. Bennie.

Their Mama once told them they were the best family of all. . .

The Boxcar Children.

While Gertrude Chandler Warner only w
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Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems
3.48
From Georgia Heard's Introduction to THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK: "I believe that creating a found poem has to do with sharpening a poet's vision--seeing ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
Who's That Baby?
3.42
Sharon Creech's delightful, simple verse--celebrating babies--are wonderfully brought to life by David Diaz's (SMOKY NIGHT, THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY) ...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
Two for One (Bink & Gollie, #2)
4.22
LOVE this follow-up to BINK AND GOLLIE. This time, the two friends find themselves at the fair where games await promising super prizes, a talent show ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Nasty Bugs
3.86
Poetry. . .bugs. . .boys. . .I think I see a kind of perfect match with the approach of April when we begin to celebrate poetry with our younger reade ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
Take Two!: A Celebration of Twins
3.97
Did you know that "twin" comes from the German word, "twine" which means "two together?"

This is the first fact that greats the reader of this wonderfu
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Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
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