Monthly Archives: January 2011

Do You Want to Meet Lauren Oliver?

It is no secret that I love Lauren Oliver’s writing.  Her first book, Before I Fall, was amazing.  I loved the concept of a teen girl looking back at her life and changing herself to become a better person.  The … Continue reading

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Breaking the Spine.  This event features books that we can’t wait to be released. This week I am waiting on… Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard From Goodreads: It’s hard finding beauty … Continue reading

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Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan She flips through the photos, her face impassive.  “Too bad about the flash burnout on this one.” I look over at the shot she’s indicating. “The what?” “The flash burnout.  You got too close to … Continue reading

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My Dog is Famous!

Last summer, our English bulldog, Oliver, participated in a photo shoot for a new easy-reader called Rupert Likes to Play.  Essentially, the book is about a dog named Rupert who likes to play with different things like shoes, a rope … Continue reading

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What’s Hot in the Classroom? January Edition

As a fifth grade language arts teacher, I put a high priority on reading.  I want my students reading and talking about books all the time.  I do a couple of things to facilitate this: I keep an extensive, kid-friendly … Continue reading

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A Pressing Issue…

Alternative title: Why I am Furious with (some) Book Publishers For my birthday back in November, I received a Barnes and Noble nook from my husband.  I had always been a lover of books – the smell of them, the … Continue reading

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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce Scarlett took a step forward, then another, until she was so close to the monster that the rotting stench emanating from his throat choked her.  The wolf opened his wide, long jaws, rows of teeth … Continue reading

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The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen and a Joker by Louis Sachar This is very embarrassing. Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve been with someone for a while and you don’t know that person’s … Continue reading

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Melina Marchetta Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my Melina Marchetta giveaway.   I was so excited to see that so many people entered.  To choose a winner, I put all entrants with their extra entries into a spread sheet in the … Continue reading

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Ten Best Reads of 2010 cont.

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and will have an even better 2011.  Yesterday, I shared with you the first five of My Ten Best Reads of 2010, including my all-time 2010 favorite, North … Continue reading

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