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Alabama – Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac Maryland – Countdown by Deborah Wiles Virginia – Unbound by Ann E. Burg Minnesota – The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich Florida – Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper Click on a map pin to see the book for that State. Click on the tooltip to …

Audiobook Tour of US HistoryRead More »

I would have enjoyed and learned so much more from my middle school and high school social studies and history classes if they had been centered on books. And I don’t mean textbooks! Even though my school years are long behind me, I find that I am learning more than ever by reading books that …

Traveling by Book: Four Books and Five CountriesRead More »

Good coming-of-age stories can be powerful and life-changing for readers of all ages.  Traditionally, coming-of-age stories feature teens facing hardships that help them mature and become adults.  Nowadays this genre can refer to any book where the protagonist matures and learns some important life lessons by overcoming major obstacles in their life, no matter their …

Coming-of-Age Stories for TweensRead More »

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 …

YALSA’s 2017 Hub Reading ChallengeRead More »

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 …

Choosing Books to Read, Book Reviews and the 2017 Hugo AwardsRead More »

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