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Microhistories offer a fresh way of looking at the world.  Author Mark Kurlanksy is one of the best researchers and writers of the genre, known internationally for his books  199 more words


Beatrix Potter at 150

When Ms. Wendy wrote recently that the Winnie-the-Pooh stories hold her mother’s voice, the stories and voice I thought of were my grandpa reading the tales of Beatrix Potter.  246 more words



Heading to the beach or the mountains to escape the heat?  Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house?  Whether you’re going alone or with a car full of kids, it’s always nice to listen to a good book! 410 more words

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It takes a special kind of writer to portray humor and horror in the same breath.

Chances are you’ve heard of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22.  It’s known as something of an enigma; though it covers a very serious topic (war) with vivid detail and intense emotion, the absolute absurdity of everything going on makes for some laugh-out-loud humor. 248 more words


top 5 tips for youth reader's advisory

I’m in the process of creating some reader’s advisory resources specifically for those who work with youth, so keep an eye out for more GRADE A QUALITY CONTENT around here!

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

“He was experiencing emotions he didn’t know existed. He had begun to discover people and animals that excited him. He wasn’t ready to rot away in his armchair, mourning his wife and waiting for his children to call, and filling his days with plant-watering and TV.” 266 more words


O'Fallon Public Library reblogged this on O'Fallon Public Library Blog and commented:

An excellent review of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick from About a Book blog!

The Atomic Weight of Love

Meridian falls in love with Alden.  Quickly.  Who wouldn’t love someone passionate about learning how the world works, who can explain the flight of a bird or the cells that make up a flower?   188 more words