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Fossils, Fusilli and Flying Cars – New Books for Older Readers

Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Story of Evolution (2011) by Laurence Pringle; illustrated by Steve Jenkins It’s hard to find a book for kids that explains the somewhat tricky concepts of evolution and natural selection – but this one fits the bill and does it in a thoughtful and engaging way. Nonfiction heavyweights Pringle [...]

April 11th, 2012
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Lions, Bunnies, and Nerds – New Book for Older Readers

The Lions of Little Rock (2012) by Kristin Levine It’s 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas and twelve-year old Marlee won’t say a word – she is literally struck dumb in front of her classmates, too shy to speak in anything but one word sentences. When Liz, a pretty, self-confident new girl befriends and draws her [...]

March 21st, 2012
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Horses, Black History, and Fairy Tales – New Books for Older Readers

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011) edited by Noel Daniel, newly translated by Matthew P. Price with Noel Daniel 2012 is the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of the first of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s famous fairy tales. This extravagant volume celebrates that milestone with 27 newly translated stories decorated by the work [...]

February 8th, 2012
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The Phantom Tollbooth 1961

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Phantom Tollbooth is still popular with tween readers because it is creative, funny, and original; it also has a timeless quality.  The story begins with a bored Milo returning home from school to an empty house, where he finds a [...]

October 31st, 2011
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The Adventures of Ook & Gluk: Kung-fu Caveman from the Future 2010

The Adventures of Ook & Gluk: Kung-fu Caveman from the Future by Dav Pilkey My goal is to keep my seven-year-old son hooked on reading. He’s just learning the power of the written word; so when he handed me a note one morning before I headed to the library that read “Ook and Gluk now!” [...]

October 17th, 2011
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The Wikkeling 2011

The Wikkeling by Steve Arntson; illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini The cover of The Wikkeling is an attention grabber: the brick red, faux cloth binding is imprinted with the silhouettes of three children being menaced by what looks like a tall, skinny man with stretched out fingers, while the book’s title dribbles down the front [...]

October 12th, 2011
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The Golden Compass 1996

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman When I was doing some research for Banned Books Week, I was fascinated to see that one of my all time favorite books is also one of the most challenged. The Golden Compass, the first part in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, has been challenged numerous times because [...]

October 10th, 2011
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Banned Books Week: The Giver 1993

The Giver by Lois Lowry What is your favorite challenged book that you have a connection with personally (as a child or adult) or professionally? From the moment I first read The Giver by Lois Lowry it has remained on my list of all-time favorite books. What is your connection with this book and why [...]

September 29th, 2011