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Trick or Treat! #CostumesForBooks Offers a Fun and Easy Contest for Your Library

Trick or Treat! #CostumesForBooks Offers a Fun and Easy Contest for Your Library

Cindy: I love contests in my library, especially when someone else comes up with the idea and the prize! Keir Graff is holding a “Costumes for Books” contest that is frightfully easy to do—and he’s offering a mystery box of goodies as the prize. The full directions can be found in this post, but basically you […]

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Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Lynn: Can there be anything more attractive to young readers than dragons? High fantasy, fairy tales, humorous fantasy, legends and folklore, mythology, classical literature and even some science fiction are replete with dragons in infinite variety, and our fascination with the idea never wanes. In case you’ve missed it, there’s a new dragon book on […]

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New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

New Out of the Box: Using Book Swag to Get Kids Reading

Cindy: I so enjoy coming home to new boxes of books but sometimes I don’t know what to make of the occasional extra special promotional book shipments I receive from publishers. Lots of packaging, cool gimmicks, a bit of a hard sell . . . they sometimes make me feel guilty. But last spring I […]

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When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

Lynn: Teens often toss around words such as “tyrant” and “dictator” when describing a parent who has thwarted their plans—but what if a parent really WAS a tyrant, responsible for brutal punishments and the deaths of his countrymen? That’s the unusual premise of The Tyrant’s Daughter (2014).  Fifteen-year-old Laila used to live a cosseted life of luxury […]

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Better Babysitting through Ghost Stories: Spooky Fun for Halloween

Better Babysitting through Ghost Stories: Spooky Fun for Halloween

Cindy: The Brothers Grimm knew that storytelling was good for teaching children to behave—if only they had also whipped up treats like granghoula bars, or peppermint bone rattlers, they’d have really had a captive audience. In Glen Huser’s The Elevator Ghost (2014), Caroline Giddle is a new resident at Blatchford Arms who offers her babysitting services […]

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Murder on the Moon: Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs

Murder on the Moon: Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs

Lynn: BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! ALERT! ALERT! Terrific middle-grade book with huge boy appeal incoming! Prepare robotic arm to secure capture and arrival! OK, that introduction is more than a little cheesy but I really don’t want you to miss Space Case (2014). This is a highly sought-after, high-appeal book that also happens to be wonderfully written. […]

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The Blogger’s Desk

The Blogger’s Desk

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite out-of-print books is The Writer’s Desk (1996) by Jill Krementz. In it are her photographs of famous authors where they write and the great photos are accompanied by the authors’ musings on the writing process. Stephen King tipped back in an office chair with his feet on the desk […]

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A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

Lynn: If you were going to tell the story of what it is like to lose your hearing as a child, adjust to that bewildering loss, cope with friendships, school, loneliness and public ignorance, how would you tell it? Would you think to tell it through graphic storytelling using a cast of rabbits? I certainly wouldn’t […]

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Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Cindy: Have we run the course of characters with Asperger’s Syndrome? The new trend just might be characters who are blind. Last fall, my first blind student, Maria, arrived at one of my middle schools and she read more books last year using our audiobook collection than most of my sighted students got through. This year, I […]

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A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

Lynn: In my natural habitat I’m a re-reader—an author binger. BCR (Before Committees and Reviewing), I would frequently develop an irresistible itch to start with book one in a favorite series and read them all over again. Ancient detective series, classic fantasies, comfort books—I used to indulge in a re-reading spree many times a year. It’s […]

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