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The One and Only Ivan
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...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
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...more
May 21, 2013
May 27, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
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
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
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...more
Jun 11, 2012
Nov 21, 2011
***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...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
One for the Murphys
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...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
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
Forest Has a Song: Poems
"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...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
See You at Harry's
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
Same Sun Here
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
Never Fall Down
"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...more
Apr 14, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
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...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
Been To Yesterdays: Poems Of A Life
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...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
House Held Up by Trees
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...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
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
Fly a Little Higher
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...more
May 11, 2014
May 11, 2014
Things to Say to a Dead Man: Poems at the End of a Marriage and After
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
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

"When you follow in the path of your father,
you learn to wal...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
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...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
Sitti's Secrets
"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...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
It begins with a Oliver's essential question (Jim Burke): "How do planes stay up in the sky?"

When his mother answers, with a mouth full of clothespins...more
Jul 2012
Jul 03, 2012
The Power of the Parasite (Squish, #3)
The whole Squish series by Jennifer and Matt Holm is fun, but Squish #3 is "super awesome fun."

It's summer vacation and while his friends attend balle...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
Root Beer and Banana
Since I loved PASSING THE MUSIC DOWN earlier this year, I wanted to take a look at Sullivan's other works.

In this one, a young girl is returning from...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
The Running Dream
Loved this 2012 Schneider Family Award winning book suggested to me by good friend, Mindi Rench (of The Centurions at facebook).

When Jessica loses he...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw
A celebration of the oral tradition and the power of early experiences as catalyst for writing or creating artwork.

If you might have asked Bill Traylo...more
Apr 16, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
I got to see the early pages of this book last fall. I'll bet someone out there will remind me what this is called--I cannot think of it right now. Lo...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Alien Investigation: Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens
Kelly Milner Halls has written an accessible non-fiction text which delicately balances speculation, research, anecdote, and cultural reference. ALIEN...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
When Kayla Was Kyle
I became aware of this new picture book when a Facebook friend messaged me and several others within the reading and writing community inviting us to...more
Jun 17, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
Mermaids on Parade
Getting ready for a SKYPE interaction with Melanie in Room 407. This is one of her titles from 2008. The work celebrates the Coney Island community an...more
Feb 25, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
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