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Jeanne Birdsall at Porter Square Books

I was lucky enough to catch Jeanne Birdsall on her book tour to promote The Penderwicks in Spring. Porter Square Books was packed all the way to the door–and the person we have to thank for it all is a young Penderwicks fan who wrote to Birdsall awhile back, asking her to put the bookstore on her list of tour locations. 453 more words

MG Books (ages 8-12)

Newbery Challenge: Call It Courage

I’ve given up hope of making good on my goal/bet to read ten consecutive Newbery winning books this year. Call It Courage, by Armstrong Sperry, brings my grand total to exactly three. 597 more words

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Graphic Novels: I Really Should Read More of Them

Once in awhile it’s nice to get a refresher course on why is so great. Such was the case when I sped through three graphic novels in a row: … 378 more words

MG Books (ages 8-12)

I don't get the appeal of Peter Pan...

I know, sacrilege! Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, is so special, it’s practically untouchable, but I’m going to say it anyway: I don’t see why this book is so beloved. 444 more words

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Hmm, I Actually Like this Dragon Book

I’m not a big fan of dragon books, so I was skeptical when I heard the praise for E.K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen: Dragonslayer of Trondheim… 577 more words

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Newbery Challenge: Thimble Summer

The 1939 Newbery Award winner, Thimble Summer, by Elizabeth Enright, is bland in a charming and low-stakes kind of way. It’s still a better book than many of its distinguished predecessors. 193 more words

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The Other Mixed-Up Files

An E. L. Konigsburg book about an art museum, an irascible old woman, a kid who wants to discover a secret and a mysterious piece of art? 467 more words

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