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Review: A STEP TOWARD FALLING by Cammie McGovern

I’m glad authors like Cammie McGovern are writing books like A Step Toward Falling. McGovern’s 2015 novel gives us two alternating narrators: Belinda, a young woman with cognitive disabilities nearing the end of her high school years who is reluctant … Continue reading

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Thirteen More Graphic Novels for Classrooms and Libraries

This set of reviews includes graphic novels for older readers, younger readers, and those somewhere in between. I’m officially against categorizing books by age, but this set has such a wide range that I’m organizing it roughly by age appeal … Continue reading

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Thirteen More Recent Graphic Novels for Classroom and Libraries!

Here is another batch of recent graphic novels to consider adding to your classroom and library collections. March: Book One by John Robert Lewis March: Book One is a memoir of how John Lewis became involved in the civil rights … Continue reading

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Ten More Graphic Novels for Libraries and Classrooms!

After reading so many graphic novels about regular people who also have superpowers, I’ve been seeing superheroes everywhere! Maybe that’s the metaphor of this genre: We’re all superheroes. Sometimes all it takes is to be needed or noticed in order … Continue reading

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Seven New Graphic Novels for Classrooms and Libraries!

As part of my service as a judge for the 2015 Cybils Awards in the Graphics category, I’ve been reading a lot of YA and middle-grade graphic novels. Here are some thoughts about a few of them. More to come! … 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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Review: GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

Defense attorney Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my literary heroes, now finds himself in need of a defense. He is accused of being a racist based on the portrayal of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s newly … 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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Eleven Quick Book Reviews

Here are some of my recent book reviews. All of these originally appeared in other places, in some cases in slightly different form. I hope at least one of the books in this post appeals to you! Jerry Lee Lewis: … Continue reading

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Review: A WHOLE LOT OF BAR-B-Q AND OTHER BASEBALL STORIES by Mike Shannon

As I write this on June 13, 2014, the Chicago Cubs, my favorite team, are twelve games under .500 and twelve-and-a-half games out of first place. I search the standings for signs of hope. A winning record at home and … Continue reading

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