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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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Graphic Novel Review: Our Expanding Universe by Alex Robinson

How does time change friendships? Masterful graphic novelist Alex Robinson explores the tension that drives transformation in Our Expanding Universe. Fluid lines and natural-sounding dialogue unfolds the challenges of five thirtysomething New Yorkers navigating growing families, affairs, and...

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Tropical Staycations Movie List

We handpicked movies that will take you away from your troubles and have fun on a 'staycation.' Check out the full list here.

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Picture Book Review: The House That Zack Built by Alison Murray

A classic rhyme gets a fresh twist in The House That Zack Built, a cumulative tale that uses bouncing verse and bright illustrations to unfold delightful mayhem on a farm. Fans of the author's previous book (Hickory Dickory Dog) may recognize Zack and his canine sidekick, Rufus, but The House That...

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Fiction Book Review: The Nest by Cynthia D. Sweeney

Cynthia Sweeney’s debut novel, The Nest, is a fast-moving family drama that is full of heart. The Plumb siblings, Leo, Jack, Bea and Melody, were promised an inheritance by their late father when the youngest sister reached her 40th birthday. Over the years, the nest egg has grown into a...

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Picture Book Review: When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Goodbye, snow; hello, sunshine! Using simple text and thick-lined, brightly colored acrylic illustrations, When Spring Comes describes the subtle changes that herald springtime. This sweet story perfectly captures the magic of shifting seasons, describing sights, sounds, scents, and sensory...

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