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Thank You Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a name that I remember hearing over and over as a child. She changed the face of sports as we know it and helped usher in more respect for female athletes. Granted, Title IX had happened one year prior to her historic match with Bobby Riggs, but she was like the... Continue Reading →

The Poetry of US

As a child, poetry was an integral part of my reading life simply because it was wrapped up in the things available to kids. I was fascinated by Shel Silverstein and of course read a lot of Mother Goose. I don’t remember focusing on poetry until junior high where we learned all of the different... Continue Reading →

Grenade by Alan Gratz

War. This is not a topic that I tend to read about. The human condition that goes along with wars, okay, maybe (I've been known to read way too many books about the Holocaust), but not usually books about the actual fighting. But I know a lot of young readers who are completely fascinated by... Continue Reading →

The Boy and the Giant

Why would a kind giant who helps out a village not want to be seen? "Because people are scared of things that are different. And sometimes, they're not so nice." That's what Billy's grandad tells him when he doesn't believe that the "Giant of Gableview" is real. It is a lesson that all of us... Continue Reading →

Putting an end to Book Deserts

I haven't completely disappeared from the blogging world. The last number of weeks have been very busy with book fairs and other responsibilities. But I'm trying to get this back to normal. While I've been away, in addition to reading great books, my mind continues to be on getting great books into the hands of... Continue Reading →

Returning to the World of The Uglies

Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadows of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is... Continue Reading →

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