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Review: THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME CALLED LIFE by Kwame Alexander

No one these days is delivering better sports books than Kwame Alexander.  He writes other things too, but his sports books, including The Crossover and Booked, consistently reach readers who don’t usually read and provided satisfying stories for more experienced … Continue reading

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Review: THE ENEMY: DETROIT 1954 by Sara Holbrook

From her “Chicks Up Front” days to a recent piece on how one of her poems was botched by a Texas standardized test, Sara Holbrook has always been in the right place, saying what needs to be said. It’s no … Continue reading

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Four More Books for High School Libraries and Classrooms!

Here are four books that will be great additions to high school libraries and classrooms. Each can work as independent reading or as texts shared by a larger number of students. If you’re making a list of summer reading suggestions, … Continue reading

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Some Baseball Books for the 2016 Hot Stove League

In last year’s round-up of baseball books, I said I’d be happy if the Cubs won 85 games, and the season ended up being quite a bit more successful than that with the most exciting season we’ve seen for a … Continue reading

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3 New YA Books for Your Classroom Library

Although no book is perfect for everyone, here are three that will appeal to a wide variety of teen readers. Please let me know if the readers in your world like these books as much as I did! Drowned City: … Continue reading

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My 2014 Reading

I probably should have gotten around to posting this sooner, but here is the list of books I finished in 2014. Other people’s lists interest me, so maybe someone will find something of interest here.  2014 was kind of a … Continue reading

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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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