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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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Six 2016 Nonfiction Picture Books for Your Consideration

Here are my thoughts on a few nonfiction picture books from the first half of 2016. These reviews first appeared on Goodreads in slightly different form. I hope this post is helpful to those choosing books for young readers. Pink … Continue reading

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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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