Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Little Bit Scary People

For a little girl, the bigger people in her life seem a little bit scary when they crank their music up or ask for a hall pass in a stern way.  But imagining those scary people dancing or playing piano … Continue reading

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The Maze Runner

For a page turning adventure in a world with no memories, read James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, first in a dystopian trilogy.  Thomas arrives at the Glades in a box, his memory wiped clean and his environment controlled.  The boys already … Continue reading

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These Hands

Grandpa’s hands can tie shoes, play the piano and throw a curve ball, but they were not allowed to touch the bread dough at the Wonder Bread factory in the 1950s and early ’60s.  As Grandpa lyrically relates to Joseph … Continue reading

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Planet Middle School

Joylin is not a girly girl, but middle school has her trying out skirts and heels that just don’t feel right to this basketball-lover.  She doesn’t understand the new feelings she’s experiencing, and the poems in Planet Middle School pour … Continue reading


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Mockingbird (mok’ing-bûrd)

When Caitlin and her dad are left to deal with the shocking death of her brother, Devon, they grieve in ways foreign to each other. Caitlin’s Asperger’s syndrome makes it difficult to Get It when her dad can’t do the … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

Lucy loses many things.  The opening line, I was late again, couldn’t find my shoes, so I had to wear the ones I didn’t lose, sets the tone for the entire story:  when Lucy loses things so often, it intrudes upon her … Continue reading

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Seasons: A Book of Poems

The Fall Wind There is a strong fresh wind like an eagle flying by. It snatches someone’s kite and keeps it flying high.                -Charlotte Zolotow There are forty poems in Charlotte Zolotow’s book … Continue reading

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