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Youth Fiction Review: A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel

12-year-old Alice isn't thrilled about moving from Seattle, Washington to Sinkville, South Carolina. In Seattle, Alice never thought twice about the fact that she was born with albinism and severely impaired vision. Everyone--childhood playmates, kids at school, neighbors--already knew about her...

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Picture Book Review: The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal

The classic song "The Wheels on the Bus" is refreshingly reworked in this cheerful adaptation. Tuk tuks (pronounced "took tooks") are a common mode of public transportation in India. The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk allows young readers to explore Indian culture with a journey through a bustling, friendly...

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Teens: Project Linus

Project Linus Kick off the New Year with a good deed and earn volunteer credit! Make a no-sew blanket to donate to Project Linus. Saturday, January 30th, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Grades 7-12 All materials provided. Sign up. Want to learn more about Project Linus? Click here!  

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Breakthrough!: How 3 People Saved 'Blue Babies' and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy

In 1944, Dr. Alfred Blalock, Dr. Helen Taussig, and research assistant Vivien Thomas boldly developed a successful surgery to treat a life-threatening congenital heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot).  Author Jim Murphy, a celebrated and masterful veteran of narrative nonfiction, digs beneath the...

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Youth Fiction Review: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

As Bridget and her two best friends (Tab and Emily) learn, 7th grade is a whole different world. Bridge, Tab, and Em have been friends forever, and protect their friendship fiercely with a strict "no fighting" rule. But junior high is a time of discovery and change. Em finds a place amid the...

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Teens: Top Five Things True of Harry Potter Fans

You know you are a true Potterhead when you… 1. Wait every year for your Hogwarts letter. 2. Think of Dobby every time you see a sock. (RIP) 3. Cancel all plans when a Harry Potter movie marathon is on. 4. Reread the books….once, 15, 100 times.     And the most important thing all...

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Picture Book Review: Zen Socks by Jon Muth

Stillwater, the giant panda, returns for another heartwarming adventure with pals Leo and Molly. While the trio dreams and plays together, Stillwater gently imparts lessons about perseverance, patience, kindness, and sharing that are folded into intriguing tales from the Zen tradition. At turns...

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The Hunger Games Read-a-likes

With Mockingjay Part 2 coming to theaters soon, I have Hunger Games fever! If you’re like me, you’ve reread The Hunger Games trilogy countless times. While some say the dystopian fiction craze is over, we know many readers are still loyal fans. So if you're looking for a new book that has the...

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Picture Book Review: Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

While their Little Girl is away on a vacation, three special toys venture outside to experience (and enjoy!) snow for the very first time. Toys Meet Snow is a sweet picture book that stars the charming cast from the author's beloved chapter books (Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home)....

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5 Books to Celebrate National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, a time for aspiring (and established writers) to use their creativity and enthusiasm to craft a 50,000 word novel in one month. Don’t have time to write a novel in one month?  Try reading one of these books written during a past National Novel Writing...

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