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Historias con elementos de suspenso / Stories with a twist

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A review of Un Zorro: Un libro (de miedo) para contar by Kate Read

Este libro sencillo cuenta de uno hasta diez, con un sentimiento de suspenso aumentando mientras un zorro hambriento se acerca a las gallinas, y la conclusión sorprendente me hizo reír! Perfecto para leer con niños de 2-5 años, y a niños más grandes les gustará imaginar sus propias historias con elementos de suspenso.


Jul 9, 2021

Second chances and healing

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A review of The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel

Moira is a senior in high school when her best friend, Nathan, dies of cancer. Nathan was not only her best friend, he was Moira’s only friend, the only person she thought she needed or wanted in her life. Before Nathan got sick, Moira spent more time with him and his family than her own. After he was diagnosed with cancer, she started skipping classes and meals to spend every minute she could with him. Moira’s world crashes when Nathan dies, and her parents are at a loss as to how to help her. They decide to send her to Castle School, far from home, deep in the woods of Maine.

Jul 7, 2021

Urban adventuring

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A review of Strollercoaster by Matt Ringler

One cranky preschooler plus one desperate dad, a purple stroller and an urban landscape, equals a ride as exciting as any tilt-a-whirl. Strollercoaster is an invention created by Matt Ringler for his own daughter when the daily frustrations got to be too much, and an exciting distraction was just the ticket.

Jul 1, 2021

Mystery that's killer diller

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A review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Mystery devotees could long argue over what period represented the peak era of American noir/mystery writing, but it’s likely all would agree that the 1940s would be high on everyone’s list. With such luminaries as Rex Stout, Raymond Chandler, and Dorothy Hughes established and up and comers Mickey Spillane and Jim Thompson making their mark in the pulp magazines, the culture of World War II America was ripe for literary inspiration.

Jun 29, 2021

Cómo viven los árboles / How trees live

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A review of Árboles by Lemniscates

Este libro con dibujos magníficos explora las vidas de los árboles, perfecto para leer con un grupo interactivo o con niños de 2-5 años. Después de leerlo, vayan de paseo para ver los árboles en su barrio!


This beautifully illustrated book explores the lives of trees, perfect for reading with an interactive group or with kids ages 2-5. After reading this book, go for a walk to see the trees in your neighborhood!

Jun 25, 2021

Fate of empires

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A review of The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

In the first book of what will be the Burning Kingdoms trilogy Tasha Suri takes the reader into a intricately built and richly detailed fantasy world based on the history and epics of India. She centers her story of empires and colonialism on two strong young women who find that their "destinies [will] become irrevocably tangled".

Jun 24, 2021

Loving art so much that you want to see it change for the better

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A review of This Is What I Know About Art by Kimberly Drew

This little guide starts out as the career story of a young black art history major from private liberal arts women's college Smith. Kimberly Drew navigates academic coursework with part-time jobs, internships and gallery opportunities while also creating, curating and providing content for a contemporary black art blog on Tumblr. She was at work at a new job as an assistant at a privately owned art gallery for ten days when Eric Garner was killed in the New York City borough of Staten Island and when about three weeks later Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Jun 23, 2021

Adventures in math

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A review of What Will Fit by Grace Lin

Part of a phenomenal new series of board and picture books, Storytelling Math, What Will Fit follows a little girl at a Farmer’s Market as she looks for the perfect item to fit into her basket. She tries a beet (too small), a zucchini (too tall), and a few other items before finding something that fits perfectly. This installment of the series focuses on spatial sense. Others focus on early geometry, patterns, and other math concepts.

Jun 22, 2021

Memoirs in essays

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New Memoir Suggestions

The following article in Booklist caught my eye: "Trend Alert: Memoirs in Essays".  A memoir in essay is a "book-length collection of linked essays, centered on an author's self or life" according to this article from LitHub (which also has some good title suggestions). So I decided to do some more exploring. Below are some books from the article as well as other titles that I discovered along the way.

Jun 21, 2021


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