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A Few Baseball Books: Spring Training Edition

With the 2014 baseball season rapidly approaching, I’m a little behind on posting my annual assortment of baseball books. Here are four picture books, one middle-grade novel, and six nonfiction works that baseball fans might enjoy. A couple of these reviews … Continue reading

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Review: JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS LOVER by Lauren Leto

Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not the most consistent ratings-giver. My rankings are based on how well the … Continue reading

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Review: FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS by Michael Popek

We’ve all done it without a thought. Before pausing in a book, we grab what is nearest and put it between the pages. Maybe it serves as a bookmark for our reading’s duration, or maybe we never pick up the … Continue reading

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My Books for 2012

  I read more books this year than ever before:  142.   Thanks to my family, friends, students, and online and on-site colleagues for giving me so many ideas about what to read this year. Of course, my list would be shorter and … Continue reading

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One Day of Books Around the Room

Each day my classes begin with ten minutes of quiet reading. Each student has a self-selected book, and each day those ten minutes are sacred. Here is the list of what my students are currently reading: Clive Barker: In the … Continue reading

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#NCTE12: In which I gain new books and have my picture taken with some amazing people.

I learned a lot and had a great time at the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Las Vegas.  I’m both energized and exhausted.  So, this blog post will be mostly pictures, with more to be … Continue reading

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Marie Lu and LEGEND Come to Town

One of my favorite reads this summer was Marie Lu’s Legend, a dystopian novel set in a futuristic Los Angeles. Legend differs from other recent dystopian novels in that it has two appealing main characters, one female and one male, … Continue reading

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Review: TAMPA BURN by Randy Wayne White

Tampa Burn by Randy Wayne White My rating: 3 of 5 stars Randy Wayne White’s thriller series is excellent entertainment. Set in and around the Gulf Coast of Florida, these books star semi-retired government assassin turned marine biologist Doc Ford … Continue reading

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The Art of Not Recommending

I’ve read some really good books lately: John Grisham’s Calico Joe completely satisfied my baseball book jones. See You at Harry’s from Jo Knowles and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green are two of the finest YA books … Continue reading

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Review: BABY’S IN BLACK by Arne Bellstorf

Arne Bellstorf’s graphic “novel” Baby’s in Black is the true story of Astrid who becomes involved with Stuart, a guy who plays in a band. He likes the band scene but really wants to be a painter. Astrid becomes friends … Continue reading

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