Boy Overcoming

Paperboy, by Vince Vawter.   Delacorte, 2013m 224 pages.  Age/interest level: 10-14 “I’m typing about the stabbing for a good reason.  I can’t talk.”  Life is challenging when you stutter so badly you can only communicate in spurts.  Our hero–whom we know at first only as Little Man, the fond name the family housekeeper gave him–realizes […]

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Laboring and Resting: Books about Both!

In this digital world of ours, I can post this blog entry “on” Labor Day without having to do any work on Labor Day: I’m typing this a few days ahead, will schedule it to post right on time, our posts are automatically tweeted, …. Ironic, isn’t it? Work: Is it the problem or the […]

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Podcast 34: A Kids’ Review of Amish Fiction

Big Year for Lily, A (The Adventures of Lily Lapp) by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger. Revell, 2013. 272 pgs.  Ages 8-up.  With the popularity of Amish fiction for adults (a new Amish fiction book comes out every four days, last I heard!), it’s not too surprising that some of the genre’s authors […]

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Getting Rich Quick: Two Novels about Sudden Fortunes

A Whole Lot of Lucky, by Danette Haworth.  Walker Books, 2013, 288 pages.  Age/interest level: 9-13 Hailee Richardson has plenty to complain about—her screechy old boys’ bike, her baby sister who gobbles up attention, getting snubbed by the cool kids at school—but when her parents win $3 million from a lottery ticket, all that changes.  […]

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Book News, Freebies and Cheapies (Aug. 26)

Happy Monday!  We’re gearing up for a Science September, and we’ve got some great resources prepared to share with you next week!  Until then, I hope you all enjoy some of these noteworthy book-related links. BOOK NEWS The Case for Good Taste in Children’s Books:  As the Wall Street Journal Children’s Book Reviewer, Megan Cox […]

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City of Bones: Movie Review

As the cinematic version of City of Bones hits theaters this week, Redeemedreader is covering it from two generational points of view: 1) Janie Cheaney, our matriarch, covered the book earlier this week with her post, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.   She includes not only a critique of this story, but a look at […]

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Three Tea Picture Books

My husband has observed that enjoying tea is a symbol of peace, and I agree. It is remarkable that so many children’s books feature teatime as an event or a detail in an illustration, inviting the reader to pause reflectively as the conflict in the story is either suspended or finally ended. There are many wonderful […]

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2013 Summer Reading Challenge

CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON OUR 2014 SUMMER READING CHALLENGE! Introduction From June 1 through July 31 of 2013, we hosted a Summer Reading Challenge for families here at Redeemedreader.  While the challenge is over, you may still enjoy some of our reading lists and resources! Main Summer Reading Challenge Posts Introduction Booklists (including 100 […]

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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

There’s a big movie release this week, based on a best-selling series of young-adult fantasy novels.  Young-adult fantasy novels have proved enormously profitable for the movie industry (certain flops excepted), and I suspect City of Bones will do very well for itself.  Should teens read the book or see the movie?  I’m sure there are […]

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Beowulf: Legend, Worldview, and Contemporary Narratives

When I used to teach high school British Literature back in the day, Beowulf was always our first big study. It’s first chronologically, and it’s also an outstanding way to introduce worldview-in-literature concepts. As the school year gets underway, I thought I’d share a bit of my approach to Beowulf in particular and literature in […]

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How to Skim a Book: The Lost Medallion by Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick

To Skim or Not to Skim It’s seven o’clock, and you remember you have a book review due in the morning.  But alas, you haven’t read page one!  What now?  Before you give up and turn to book report piracy, I’d like to recommend a tool that’s been very helpful for me: skimming! Let’s admit […]

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