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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 […]

The Best Freebie Friday Ever: Thousands of Ebooks FOREVER

The Best Freebie Friday Ever: Thousands of Ebooks FOREVER

Teachers and librarians, rejoice! Here’s the best Freebie Friday EVER. Thousands of ebooks for your unlimited use, for free, with NO END DATE OR LIMIT! Currently available for the iPad, Epic! is a fast-growing service developed by industry leaders to provide engaging, quality literature on tablets and digital devices. Even though I’m an Android user, […]

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Let’s Hear It for the Girls!

Let’s Hear It for the Girls!

Booklist‘s Top 10 Sports Books for Youth from our September 1 issue has raised some ire in the blogosphere—and for good reason. Though the list features women authors, the eight fiction titles on the list feature male protagonists, and that’s neither reflective of reality nor particularly inspiring to young readers. As good librarians and readers should, they noticed and […]

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Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Which First Lines Will Make YOU Keep Reading?

Cindy and Lynn: One of our favorite middle-school library contests is a First Lines Contest. We challenge students and staff to plunder the library collection to find strong opening lines that make them want to read more. This makes an easy bulletin board or website post and is a great kick-off to the school year. It’s […]

Web Crush of the Week: Personal Online Libraries

Web Crush of the Week: Personal Online Libraries

Back in the day, I created an Access database to keep track of the books I read. I used it for several years, and then, all of a sudden, not one, not two, but THREE online services popped up that made that old database completely obsolete. (That’s my current to-be-read pile below, and no, I […]

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I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

I’ll Be in Scotland Afore Ye

After 300 years as part of the United Kingdom, Scottish residents are voting on whether or not to become an independent country. You can show your solidarity by throwing on a kilt and binge-watching Sean Connery movies—or, you can transport yourself to the land of Loch Ness with these compelling reads. Be Near Me, by […]