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Write Your Way to a Winning College Essay

Happy fall! Are you getting ready to apply for college? Most colleges require you to write an essay with your application. Do you know where to start? You should attend the Write Your Way to a Winning College Essay program. Author and educator Gary Anderson presents strategies and tips for crafting...

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Youth Biography Review: Whoosh! by Chris Barton

Looking for a book to cool off with during this heat wave? Whoosh! by Chris Barton is the true story of a hard-working scientist who refused to give up on his dream and ultimately made a big splash with an innovative idea. Lonnie Johnson overcame prejudice, discouraging test results, and...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: A Friend for Lakota by Jim and Jamie Dutcher

Gentle Lakota is always getting picked on by the other wolves, until one brave pack-mate stands up to the bullies and becomes his friend. A Friend for Lakota is a touching, true story based on the authors' observations of life among a pack of wolves in Idaho. A perfect nonfiction pick for kids in...

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Surviving in the Wild

You are on a camping trip. You are having a great time grilling, playing games with your friends, hiking…until you get hopelessly lost. You are running out of food and water. What do you do? Attend the Wilderness Survival Program at the Palatine Library! Sign up here.  

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Game Of Thrones Read-a-Likes

Summer is coming… and Game of Thrones is on TV. I carve out time to watch every Sunday night and I've read all the books. Here's a fun question for fans: what would the characters read if given the choice?    Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman Tyrion Lannister would read this because, as...

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Youth Fiction Review: Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

10-year-old Raymie Clarke isn't having the best summer so far: her father just skipped town with a dental hygeniest. But Raymie has a plan: if she masters baton twirling and gets crowned 1975's Little Miss Central Florida Tire, her father will see her picture in the paper and come home. It's a good...

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Fiction Book Review: Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Have you ever wondered what if your life took a different path? Laura Barnett’s debut novel, The Versions of Us, plays with the concepts of destiny and fate by offering three different versions of romantic love over a period of 50 years. Jim Taylor and Eva Edelstein meet on a bike path in Cambridge...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

After a hurricane wrecks havoc on a ship, a single undamaged crate washes ashore on a remote island. Curious otters accidentally activate the robot inside, booting up ROZZUM unit 7134. Roz may not have been designed for life in the great outdoors, but her robot brain is capable of observing,...

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Youth Fiction Review: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Perry T. Cook is pretty average, as far as 11-year-olds go. He looks forward to favorite meals (especially toasted egg and cheese sandwiches), shares jokes with his mom, and worries about whether or not he'll be able to best the school bully in the mile run for the second year in a row. But unlike...

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Five of the Best Opening Lines in Teen Fiction

First lines are powerful; good ones pull readers into new worlds. Here are five great opening lines in teen novels: Best “Description of a morning sky:" "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit." - Uglies by Scott Westerfield Best “I can relate” line: "It's the first morning of...

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