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Welcome Sara Zarr!

Funny things happen sometimes.  A few weeks ago, I received an email asking if I’d like to review Sara Zarr’s new book SWEETHEARTS.  Sure!  I loved STORY OF A GIRL, and well, there’s the whole pink cookie on the cover thing.  I loved the book and jumped at the chance to host a stop on […]

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Book Brawl

I love it when I book-talk a new selection for my classroom library and end up with a near-battle over who gets to sign it out first.  I know, I know, chaos is generally frowned upon in school, but I love to see kids ravenous about reading.  Here’s the book that caused the commotion this […]

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie is  brilliant.  But you probably already knew that. This week, I finally got to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Wow.  Just wow. I won’t write a traditional review here, because plenty of other people have praised this book up and down, and there was that whole award thing, too….  […]

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Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Jennifer Harris used to be that poor, chubby kid who sat alone in the cafeteria. Well, almost alone. There was Cameron Quick, another social outcast. Another kid living in poverty and living on the fringe of third grade society. He was her only friend and the only person who ever understood Jennifer Harris. And then […]

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Big Slick

It’s confession time.  I gave my 17-year-old nephew a pre-read book for Christmas.  I read it really carefully, though and didn’t get chocolate on it or anything.  At any rate, I’m not sorry, because the book was Eric Luper’s debut novel Big Slick, and it was fantastic. In poker terms, a big slick is when […]

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