Monthly Archives: December 2010

Ten Best Reads of 2010…Looking Back

Another year has come and gone.  Seemingly, 2010 has flown past – a great year full of even better reads.  The fabulous Adele over at Persnickety Snark created a challenge to reflect back on the year in terms of blogging … Continue reading

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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting And then there was another sound.  Something she couldn’t quite identify.  Yet. She was familiar enough with the meaning of this new, and misplaced, noise.  Or at least with what it signified.  She had … Continue reading

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Updates at Literature for Lunch

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday.  Ours included dressing up our English bulldog, Oliver, as Santa Claus.  As you can tell, he TOTALLY loves it.  Well, even if he didn’t, he got lots of fun … Continue reading

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Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian Megan Meade has a dilemma.  Her parents are moving to South Korea with the military, and she wants to stay in America to finish her last two years of high … Continue reading

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North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley There must be a few times in life when you stand at a precipice of a decision.  When you know there will forever be a Before and an After. Mom’s life was twice … Continue reading

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Teacher Feature: Novel Scavenger Hunt

Gail Godwin said, “Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” I would have to say that to some extent, I agree with this quote.  It is so important to portray concepts, ideas, and books to students with a … Continue reading

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Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson “Tomorrow will be better.” “But what if it’s not?” I asked. “Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.” … Continue reading

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Melina Marchetta Giveaway

I am sure that it comes as no surprise to any regular reader of this blog that I have a special place in my heart for Australian authors – especially author Melina Marchetta.  Her books have a beautiful realness to … Continue reading

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Blog Hop

It’s that time again!  Time for the weekly book party hosted by Crazy for Books.  The blog hop gives book bloggers a chance to share their love of books with others, find new reads and connect with new people!  Thanks … Continue reading

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Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta It’s my birthday today. I’m not seventeen anymore.  The seventeen that Janis Ian sang about where one learns the truth.  But what she failed to mention is that you keep on learning truths after … Continue reading

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