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Review: DEAR RACHEL MADDOW by Adrienne Kisner

In Adrienne Kisner’s debut novel Dear Rachel Maddow, high school isn’t going particularly well for Brynn Harper. Her family barely exists and provides scant support. Her approach to academics has led to placement in the “Applied” track, and her Honors … Continue reading

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Five More New Picture Book Biographies (and an Invitation)

Take a look at these five recent titles offering a variety of life lessons drawn from the experiences of remarkable men and women. Some of them are well-known; others are less-heralded. Three of these titles are related to New York … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Natalie Anderson on Pericles, Don Griggs, and Every Person’s Value

Rolling Meadows High School in suburban Chicago was devastated with the sudden passing of beloved security guard Don Griggs. Don was an amazing human and a vital part of the school. Rolling Meadows High School is resilient though, and they … Continue reading

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Seven New Picture Book Biographies

Several new picture book biographies provide windows into the lives of remarkable women and men. I especially admire how the authors of many of these books present their subjects as resilient children who persevered through difficulties to become extraordinary adults … Continue reading

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Review: HOW TO GET YOUR SCREEN-LOVING KIDS TO READ BOOKS FOR PLEASURE by Kaye Newton

Kaye Newton’s How to Get Your Screen-Loving Kids to Read Books for Pleasure is geared toward parents frustrated with how the reading lives of their children are hijacked by the allure of cell phones, iPads, and other screen-based devices. Although … Continue reading

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Review: WHERE MY BODY ENDS AND THE WORLD BEGINS by Tony Romano

In Tony Romano’s Where My Body Ends and the World Begins, readers are immediately immersed in a Chicago neighborhood of the late 1950s and 1960s. The community is still devastated by the fire at Our Lady of the Angels School … Continue reading

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Asher, Alexie, and Dashner: Believe the Women and Ban the Books?

I’ll start by saying as clearly as possible, I believe the women (and others) who have accused young adult literature authors Jay Asher, Sherman Alexie, and James Dashner of sexual harassment and other bad behavior. These popular writers have each … Continue reading

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Review: ANYBODY’S GAME: KATHRYN JOHNSTON, THE FIRST GIRL TO PLAY LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL by Heather Lang

Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball by Heather Lang is a terrific new nonfiction baseball picture book and a great way to celebrate the upcoming baseball season. “Girls don’t play baseball” is the book’s … Continue reading

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Review: SPEAK: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

When I learned a few months ago that Laurie Halse Anderson’s 1999 YA classic Speak was being adapted as a graphic novel, I assumed it would be just that, an adaptation. The new version of Speak is more than that … Continue reading

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Review: CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT by Nancy Churnin

Most Americans know the story of Jackie Robinson, the black baseball player who broke his sport’s color barrier in 1947. Charlie Sifford, the first black PGA golfer, could be called the Jackie Robinson of golf, but Charlie’s situation was different. … Continue reading

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