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On the Shelf with Librarian Jessica Lee

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
On the Shelf with Librarian Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a teacher librarian at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California. She has also been an English teacher, a public librarian, and a waitress, but her favorite terrible-teen job was selling snacks at Six Flags Magic Mountain. She is the mom of two boys who are also students at her school, fully integrating the work-life experience.

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The Overending, by Rick Johnson | Dedicated Review

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Overending, by Rick Johnson | Dedicated Review

In the Overending (the second book in the Wood Cow chronicles), author Rick Johnson continues his story of an intricately detailed world where danger and mystery lurk.

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2 Must Read Spring Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
2 Must Read Spring Junior Novels with Wonderful Girl Protagonists

If your young independent reader is looking for a great read with a wonderful girl protagonist, or maybe she’s looking for a new series to latch onto, you can’t go wrong with either of these two books or their prequels.

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Best Selling Middle Grade Books | April 2014

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

It’s just so great when The Children’s Book Review’s best selling middle grade book turns out to be a great classic. Such is the case with this months title, The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, by Padraic Colum—what a great introduction to the always intriguing Greek mythology. The hand selected titles from the nationwide best selling middle grade books, as listed by The New York Times, feature books by super-talents Kate DiCamillo, Katherine Applegate and R.J. Palacio.

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The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

“I should start by saying that world building, where I get to create a fictional reality from the ground up, is one of my favorite parts of writing. It’s the foundation of a good story. Of course, you want a plot that keeps readers turning the pages—and amazing, memorable characters as well, but those characters also deserve a fully realized world to play around in.”

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Apparition, by Gail Gallant | Book Review

| March 28, 2014 | 1 Comment
Apparition, by Gail Gallant | Book Review

This YA paranormal mystery/romance is a page-turner all the way. Told in the present tense, the action always feels immediate. The author captures Amelia’s grief over her mother, self-doubt over her paranormal abilities, and conflicting pulls of love for both the dead Matthew and the living Kip.

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Me & Mr. Bell: A Novel, by Philip Roy | Book Review

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Me & Mr. Bell:  A Novel, by Philip Roy | Book Review

This book will appeal to middle grade readers who like stories about inventions, airplanes, famous people, overcoming difficulties, and life in earlier times.

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The Mythomaniacs by Jules Bass | Dedicated Review

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Mythomaniacs by Jules Bass | Dedicated Review

The Mythomaniacs is well-suited to middle-school readers but is also sure to enchant younger readers as a read-along story. It is also a great stepping-off point for introducing readers to some of the great classics: such as Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem Jabberwocky and the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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Best Selling Young Adult Books | March 2014

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Young Adult Books | March 2014

Our best selling young adult book list features popular books for teens; including Allegiant by Veronica Roth and our hand selected titles from the nationwide best selling young adult books, as listed by The New York Times, featuring titles by super-talents John Green, Ransom Riggs, Stephen Chbosky, Markus Zusak and Rainbow Rowell.

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Best Selling Middle Grade Books | March 2014

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

Our latest list of current popular middle grade books features Lego books and multiple Newbery award-winning titles. The hand selected titles from the nationwide best selling middle grade books, as listed by The New York Times, feature titles by super-talents Kate DiCamillo, Kevin Henkes, Katherine Applegate and R.J. Palacio.

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