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Six Nonfiction Picture Books for Young Readers

Each month in 2017, I’m planning to offer a round-up of recent nonfiction picture books with the hope that it will help parents and educators at all levels sort through and pick titles that are the best choices for their … Continue reading

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Do Whatever You Want

Before launching this blog six years ago, I wrote posts for a variety of online forums.  From time to time, I re-post them here if they still seem relevant.  This one originally appeared in slightly different form on English Companion. … Continue reading

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Baseball Books for the 2017 Off-Season: Cubs-Kinsella Edition

For this sixth annual round-up of baseball books I’ve read in the past year, I’m thinking about some things that are different this time.  One of them is sad; one of them is joyous. Let’s start with the joyous. The … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Peer Editing (and Some Ways to Fix It)

I learned the hard way about some of the pitfalls involved in inviting students to perform peer-review of each other’s writing. It seems like such a good idea. Weak writers can learn from their peers who are stronger writers. Talking … Continue reading

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2016: My Year in Books

Warning: This post may be of no interest to anyone but myself. Here is my annual reflection on what I read in the past year, with a Top 16 for ’16, a list I may find myself disagreeing with by … Continue reading

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Review: NEVER A DULL MOMENT: 1971 by David Hepworth

David Hepworth’s Never A Dull Moment: 1971 claims that 1971 was the most important year in rock history. While many fans are sentimental about specific years or time spans, Hepworth makes the case that no other year has produced so much … Continue reading

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Review: DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD by Jennifer Mason-Black

Bluesman Robert Johnson wasn’t the only musician to go down to the crossroads and make a deal with the devil. In Jennifer Mason-Black’s Devil and the Bluebird, 17-year-old Blue Riley takes her guitar and meets up with the red-haired woman … Continue reading

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Review: FUTURE SHOCK by Elizabeth Briggs

Elena Martinez remembers everything, but that doesn’t help her much. Her mother is dead, and her father is in prison. She lives in a variety of foster homes. Her tattoos might be a hint that she is tough and fearless. … Continue reading

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Review: THE MONKEES, Head, AND THE 60s by Peter Mills

Before we get into this book, maybe we should consider the question “What is / Who are The Monkees?” One way to answer the question is that The Monkees are four musician-actors: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith, and Davy … Continue reading

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Quick Reviews of Seven 2016 MG/YA Books

Here are a few titles that I’ve enjoyed recently. Those most likely to appeal to older students are near the top, with those geared toward younger readers toward the end. The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner “It’s like I’m … Continue reading

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