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My Writing and Reading Life: Chris Grabenstein

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life: Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Winner of two Anthony and three Agatha Awards, he is also the co-author with James Patterson of The New York Times bestseller I FUNNY.

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The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern | Book Review

| July 29, 2014 | 1 Comment
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern | Book Review

Readers will instantly fall in love with Maggie. Her narrative voice is smart, funny and clever, which makes her a highly entertaining, endearing, complex, triple threat.

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Revolution, by Deborah Wiles | Book Review

| July 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
Revolution, by Deborah Wiles | Book Review

Revolution, Deborah Wiles’ second novel in The Sixties Trilogy, sends readers on a journey to Greenwood, Mississippi in the summer of 1964, also known as “Freedom Summer.”

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Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Character Development: What Makes a Villain a Villain?

What makes a villain a villain? I’ve always been a fascinated—and a little bit terrified—of villains, especially in fairytales. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs even if the old witch sent me diving into our couch cushions to hide my eyes.

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The Art of Recommending Books

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Recommending Books

Because I’m an author as well as a writing instructor and a reader, I’m often asked for book recommendations. Sometimes I’m asked to suggest books that are like my books, while other times I might need to think of titles that are good for a certain age range or in a specific genre.

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Top 5 Wordless Books: Five Family Favorites with Laura Marx Fitzgerald

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Top 5 Wordless Books: Five Family Favorites with Laura Marx Fitzgerald

I’ve found that the best of these books spoke to my kids when they were pre-readers, but still continue to draw them back again and again, as they uncover more in the multilayered stories.

So without further ado, here are the Fitzgerald family’s Top 5 Wordless Books.

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Best Selling Kids Series | July 2014

| July 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Kids Series | July 2014

Thanks to World Cup Soccer, the new Magic Tree House book, Soccer on Sunday, has the series on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list.

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Best Selling Middle Grade Books | July 2014

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Middle Grade Books | July 2014

Seriously, there are some VERY good books on this list of best selling middle grade books; including Kevin Henkes’ The Year of Billy Miller and Sharon M. Draper’s Out of My Mind.

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Best New Kids Stories | July 2014

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best New Kids Stories | July 2014

We have quite the variety of books to share with readers this month. We’re featuring picture books all the way to popular teen books. Jeffrey Brown returns with the highly anticipated sequel to the NY Times Bestseller Star Wars: Jedi Academy! There is fun stuff for picture book and puppy fans; as well as great chapter books for older readers.

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How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

When I published my first novel in April, I knew that a) I wanted to go on a book tour, and b) New authors, with a few exceptions, don’t get book tours anymore.

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