book review

Last weekend we were hiding from the rain in a small Westport shop. My husband was standing at the book display chuckling behind his mask. “Quinton would like this,” he said. I bought it because the husband liked it and because in the first few lines I could tell the language and art lived up… Read more

Story wonders: Notorious RBG

Today, I adopted the calico’s strict sleeping regimen: Sleep until 8:00 am, wake for a few hours, and then sleep more until the kid gets home from school at 3:00 pm. I’ll probably go to bed at my usual early time. I don’t think I’d want to do this all the time, but it’s all… Read more

One of the best parts of writing for children is finding authors and their outstanding books. I picked up Fannie Never Flinched at the writing conference I went to in Spokane last weekend and read every word, shocked at how much one woman did for others many years ago. Beautifully written with incredible photos of… Read more

Angie Thomas told the story my students tried to tell me for many years. In the early 2000s, I frequently read essays my teenaged students wrote about Tupac Shakir. I didn’t know about the artist or his story and learned few details from my students’ writing. But I could often feel their sincerity and the… Read more

If you want to find a good read, go to a writing conference.  Writers, I have learned, are jittery about their own books. As often as not, we struggle to tell you what our books are about or why we fell in love with our own stories enough to spend days, months, and years writing them. But as soon as… Read more

Scat: A Review

Title: SCAT Author: Carl Hiassen Narrated By: Ed Asner Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (hardcover); Listening Library (audio CD) Publication Date: January 27, 2009 Length: 371 pages; 9 hours and 17 minutes Genre: Eco-fiction; humorous; mystery; realistic fiction Source: Checked out from library Completed: October 7, 2013 POV: Third Person Grade Level: 4-12 Age: 9-12 Memorable: Humorous and memorable character descriptions. Beginning scene… Read more

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