Author: Cindy McCan

Traveling by Book: Four Books and Five Countries

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Calamity and Comedy: Three Books That Use Humor to Cope with Adversity

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[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Life can be difficult.  When a person is facing situations they have no control over with no chance to change or improve things sometimes humor is the only way to stay sane and carry on. Here are three excellent books that use humor and comedy to address tough subjects:…
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Coming-of-Age Stories for Tweens

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YALSA’s 2017 Hub Reading Challenge

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Get ready, lovers of Young Adult books!  The 2017 Hub Reading Challenge is here!  What is the Hub Challenge, you ask? The Hub is the blog for YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), a division of the American Library Association.  Every winter they sponsor a reading challenge featuring an amazing variety of award-winning young adult…
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Choosing Books to Read, Book Reviews and the 2017 Hugo Awards

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Book reviews serve two purposes for me: first, to help me find a book to read and second, to gain additional perspectives on a book I’ve already read. We live in an amazing time and country where thousands of new book titles are published every week.  Since there are far more books I’d like to read…
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