Monthly Archives: November 2011

Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Resolve to be honest at all events and if you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.  Choose some other occupations. Abraham Lincoln’s own words are sprinkled throughout the text in this beautiful biography, … Continue reading


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Born in an alley,  Mrs. Jane Tabby’s kittens all had wings.  Sent off to the country to fend for themselves, Harriet, Thelma, James and Roger fly to the woods, discovering predators, food and the beginnings of friendship with a girl … Continue reading

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Out of My Mind

Courage. Communication. Friendship. Being left out. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper explores these themes with a beautiful touch.  Listen: “Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes–each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my … Continue reading

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The Scorch Trials

Thomas and the Gladers solved the maze, but now they have to endure the Scorch and find the safe haven WICKED promised.  Minho, Teresa and Newt from The Maze Runner are back for The Scorch Trials, along with new Cranks, Jorge … Continue reading

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The Crossing

The subtitle reads Lewis & Clark’s historic journey seen through a brand-new pair of eyes.  Sacagawea packs up her son, Jean Baptiste, onto a cradle board and he sees salmon, cougars, five waterfalls and more as they travel from the … Continue reading

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Between Shades of Gray

When fifteen-year-old Lina’s family is exiled from Lithuania by the Soviets, they are forced to travel to remote regions, including Siberia, to work and endure under extreme hunger, cold and inadequate shelter.  Maintaining hope is difficult when Lina doesn’t understand … Continue reading

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Pearl Verses the World

Miss Bruff wants us to write poems. I am. Miss Bruff wants poems that rhyme. Mine don’t. Rhyme is okay sometimes, but my poems don’t rhyme and neither do I. At school, Pearl is in a group of one and … Continue reading

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I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen tells the entire story of a missing hat in dialogue.  Reminiscent of the classic Are You My Mother?, the bear asks everyone in the animal kingdom “Have you seen my hat?”  Yet this bear doesn’t recognize his hat even when … Continue reading

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Wemberly Worried

Wemberly worries so much, she can barely get through the day, and as school starts, the anxieties blossom.  When Wemberly finds a friend, she ends up being so busy that worry is pushed out of the way. Kevin Henkes has … Continue reading

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