SRC Winners!

Thanks to everyone who read along with us this summer!  Whether or not you finished the challenge, we are grateful for each family that participated…and we hope that next year will be even better!  In the meantime, though, here are the winners for this year’s prizes.  I decided to award prizes to families instead of […]

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Reviewing School Book Lists, Part One

And the Winner Is…A Clockwork Orange? Since Janie Cheaney and I founded this website back in 2011, one of the top three posts has consistently been an early post on A Clockwork Orange.  I don’t think the post is especially perceptive or well-written; it’s part of a series that needs a lot of rewriting.  And […]

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For the Birds

NOTE: Today we begin experimenting with new formats for our book reviews, in anticipation of some big changes ahead–and we need your feedback!  Please scroll down below the review for more. National Wildlife Federation World of Birds: a Beginners Guide, by Kim Kirki. Black Dog & Levanthal, 2014, 80 pages including glossary and index. Reading […]

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For the Birds II

Feathers: Not Just for Flying, by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen. Charlesbridge, 2014, 32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: All “Birds and feathers go together, like trees and leaves, like stars and sky. All birds have feathers, but no other animals do.” And did you know . . . […]

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Thoughts on The Giver

During the Summer Reading Challenge, Redeemed Reader interns Amos Peck and Grace Olson, Valen Caldwell, intern at, and I –Hayley Schoeppler, Redeemed Reader’s executive assistant– got together (via Skype!) and discussed The Giver.  Here are some highlights from our discussion. Summary The Giver is written by Lois Lowry  . . . .  The protagonist’s […]

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The Great Greene Heist

The Great Greene Heist, by Varian Johnson. Scholastic, 2014, 226 pages.  Age/interest level: 9-13. Everybody loves a con man, as long as they’re not the ones getting conned. Jackson Greene already has this reputation at Maplewood Middle School. If any elaborate pranks have been played, he was “allegedly” behind it. He comes by his talents […]

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Through Middle-Eastern Eyes: I Am Malala and Hidden Girl

Two real-life memoirs of girls living in a turbulent time and place: Hidden Girl: the True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave, by Shyima Hall, with Lisa Wysocky. Simon & Shuster, 2014, 232 pages.  Age/interest level: 12-up When we are young, it is often the emotion of an experience that stays with us the longest. […]

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Summer Reading Challenge Finale & Prizes

**Because we weren’t able to send out a newsletter this week, we have decided to extend the deadline for this to Wed, August 6.  Please let us know if your child completed the challenge by then!**  Other Summer Reading Challenge posts: Introduction, Week One: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Two: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) […]

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SRC Week 6, Teen List: The Giver and Genesis in Space and Time

Other Summer Reading Challenge posts: Introduction, Week One: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Two: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional.  Week Three: off Week Four: 1) Kids. 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Five: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Six: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Welcome to our discussion of our final […]

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SRC Writing/Drawing Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Anna, Liberty and David, the winners of our time travel writing/drawing contest! Each winner will receive a nice book for their achievement. Thank you so much for participating. See 7-year old Anna’s time machine drawing and read part 1 and part 2 of her explanation. Enjoy the time machine drawing by Liberty (age 9), below. Read […]

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On the Blue Comet

Caution: This book was moved from our Summer Reading Challenge because of profanity.  Please note we do not recommend it for young readers for that reason.  (For more info on how it came to be on our Summer Reading List in the first place, see Janie’s explanation.) On the Blue Comet, by Rosemary Wells. Candlewick, […]

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