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Hooray for Pride Month!

Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Since I no longer live in a large city with parades and festivities, I'm going to celebrate Pride Month here with a selection of amazing non-fiction picture books. I'm so impressed that this is becoming a topic that... Continue Reading →

One True Way

The year is 1977 and Allie has just moved from New Jersey to North Carolina. Her parents are divorcing and her brother recently died in an accident. Life definitely isn't easy. As she starts her first day at school she has two goals - make a friend and join the newspaper staff. Fortunately, Allie meets... Continue Reading →

Ashes to Asheville

One of the reasons that I love the NC Battle of the Books so much is that it encourages kids to read things that are outside of their normal scope or favorite genre. Here in this house we are getting a jump start on next year's list. The first one that I finished is Ashes... Continue Reading →

Do you know George?

Most of the books that I write about here are books that at least one of my daughters has read. There are times, however, when I am reading middle-grade fiction that moves me so much that I have to write about it before my eight year old has a chance to read it, or before... Continue Reading →

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