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Feb

Awakening Wonder With Cabinet of Curiosities

“When I was about six, I started my first cabinet of curiosities. The first thing I put in it was a skunk’s skull I found in our backyard. The skull fit perfectly in my palm. It had sharp little teeth. I was surprised to notice that it looked like my dogs’, with long, jagged canines […]

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29

Jul

Review: A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd Find it at your: Local Library | Local Bookstore Published: Scholastic (February 2014) Recommended reading age: 8 & up In a nutshell: Two nights ago, there was a lightning storm like nothing I’ve ever seen. The sky was flashing as fast as a strobe light. So much electricity flying […]

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Apr

Review: A Woman in the House (And Senate)

A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country By Ilene Cooper, Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Find it at: Your Local Library | Your Local Bookstore Published: Harry N. Abrams (March 11, 2014) Recommended Reading Age: 8-14 I will never forget my 7th […]

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Jan

Review: Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo Find it at: Your library | Your local bookstore Published: Candlewick, September 24, 2013 Recommended reading age: 8 & up In a nutshell: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a half-shaved squirrel who possesses super powers and can fly! Whaaaaat? Sometimes after finishing a book I […]

9

Dec

Mini Reviews of Recent Reads

I can’t believe my sweet baby girl was born four weeks ago and I’m wrapping up my first quarter as a grad-student today. I meant to write this post a couple of weeks ago, but it seemed to always get pushed down on the to-do list. Especially so, since sleep takes precedence when any free time […]

29

Oct

Review: The Water Castle

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore Find it at: Your Library | Your Local Bookstore Published: Walker Childrens, imprint of Bloomsbury Kids (January 8, 2013) Recommended reading age: 10 & up In a nutshell: “Believe in the unbelievable…” When I came across this book at ALA Midwinter in January, I was immediately drawn to the cover […]

1

Oct

Review: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente Find it at: Your Library | Amazon | Your Local Bookstore Published: Feiwel & Friends, imprint of Macmillan (October 1, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 10 & up In a Nutshell: There is nothing quite like finding a book that speaks to […]

30

Sep

Review: Bluffton

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan Find it at: Your Library | Amazon | Your Local Bookstore Published: Candlewick (July 23, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 9 & up In a Nutshell: While I’ve seen the cover of Matt Phelan’s Bluffton pop up in book reviews while perusing the internet recently, I haven’t actually read […]

11

Sep

Review: One Came Home

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House (January 8, 2013) Recommended reading age: 9 & up In a nutshell: Okay… I don’t typically include excerpts from books I’m reviewing unless I come along a noteworthy passage […]

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Aug

Review: Primates

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: First Second (June 11, 2013) Recommended reading age: 11 & up In a nutshell: Recently I’ve been seeing more and more non-fiction graphic novels pop up on […]