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Review: SLOUCHING TOWARD FARGO by Neal Karlen

If you followed the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League in 1996 and 1997, you probably remember that your team included several memorable characters. The team leader was a convicted felon with Hall of Fame credentials. His name was … Continue reading

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Review: UNLEASHING THE POSITIVE POWER OF DIFFERENCES: POLARITY THINKING IN OUR SCHOOLS by Jane A. G. Kise

Some of the most frustrating experiences for educators result from pendulum swings—those predictable actions and reactions that come from programming launched in response to the weaknesses of a previous program that was itself developed to address the weaknesses of what … Continue reading

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Review: SIMPLE DREAMS: A MUSICAL MEMOIR by Linda Ronstadt

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir is the story of Linda Ronstadt’s musical life, including her influences and experiences before, during, and after her reign as Queen of Rock in the 1970s. In this memoir Ronstadt doesn’t explore her relationships or … Continue reading

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Review: SCAREDY SQUIRREL PREPARES FOR HALLOWEEN by Mélanie Watt

This review of Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Mélanie Watt was co-written with my picture book pal Grace, age 11. Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween has Scaredy Squirrel creating a “safety guide” to make everything about Halloween as un-scary … Continue reading

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Review: THE VICTORY SEASON: THE END OF WORLD WAR II AND THE BIRTH OF BASEBALL’S GOLDEN AGE by Robert Weintraub

Robert Weintraub’s The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age focuses on major league baseball’s 1946 season, notable as the first post-World War II campaign and the beginning of what some call … Continue reading

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Review: LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles

“Then you have to claim it, Josh. You have to take ownership of whatever happened and learn how to live with it. And you can start by saying –“ Living with Jackie Chan is another excellent novel from Jo Knowles … Continue reading

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Review: BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA by Sean Wilentz

Bob Dylan in America is historian Sean Wilentz’s study of how various currents and touchstones of American culture directly and indirectly affected the music of Bob Dylan. Not at all a biography, Wilentz’s book examines critical points in Dylan’s career … Continue reading

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Review: BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan’s gripping memoir about her horrific experience with a rare brain inflammation. The attack first manifested itself behaviorally—hallucinations, impulsive actions, anxiety—so Cahalan’s case was misunderstood and misdiagnosed as mental illness. After … Continue reading

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Review: TWERP by Mark Goldblatt

How many times have we witnessed kids picking on one another verbally or physically and, when challenged about it, defending themselves by saying, “It’s a joke,” or “We’re just kidding around”? In Twerp, Mark Goldblatt shows how “just kidding around” … Continue reading

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Review: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR by Matthew Quick

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amber Appleton’s life could be considered miserable. She is homeless and living in a bus. Abandoned by her father, Amber loves her mother, but her mother … Continue reading

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