Newbery Buzz: The Truth of Me, plus one more

This is our last “buzz” post, but tomorrow Betsy and I are going to go out on a limb and make some predictions about the winner–maybe even name some titles that should be the winner. The Truth of Me, by Patricia MacLachlan.  HarperCollins, 2013, 114 pages.  Age/interest level: 8-14. Janie: Robert, the latest in a […]

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The Spiritual World of The Hobbit + Giveaway

(Giveaway is now closed) The ever-increasing popularity of Middle Earth has brought a profusion of books written about both J. R.R. Tolkien and his created world.  The recent Hobbit movies have focused this popularity on Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings.  Those who love to read about the unexpected journey of Bilbo Baggins […]

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Newbery Buzz: True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

We’re coming down to the wire with our Newbery discussions. The ALA Youth Media Awards (which include the Newbery and Caldecott) will be announced Monday morning. Janie and I feel confident that we’ve touched on some of the better contenders. But we may be completely surprised! Today, we look at a National Book Award finalist (see our […]

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Newbery Buzz: Counting by 7’s

(Janie and Betsy are continuing their chat about some of the outstanding children’s literature being touted for the coveted Newbery award–yes, there are people who speculate and handicap and figure the odds, just like for the Oscars and Golden Globes.  See our thoughts about The Real Boy, Flora & Ulysses, and The Center of Everything.  […]

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Twerps and Bullies: Middle Grade fun for boys

I’ll admit it: I cracked up when I read Wimpy Kid. Clearly, my sense of humor is rather juvenile (or, maybe I’ve just spent a LOT of time around middle school kids). I still thought the kid was a jerk, though, and didn’t read any more in the series. I’m currently an intern in an elementary school […]

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Eyes of Lightning

I have issues . . . more than I can count.  I’m stubborn, prideful, a so-called religious fanatic, and a tomboy with freakish eyes.  My family and upbringing are both abnormal, and I might be harboring a thousand-year-old spirit.  Most relevant of all -I hate showing weakness. Eyes of Lightning (Thunderbird Legacy), by Erin Keyser Horn.  […]

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Tough Times: Two Middle-Grade Historical Novels for Boys

River Rats, by Leslie J. Wyatt.  Royal Fireworks Press, 2013, 212 pages.  Age/interest level: 10-14. Kenny Barton would be the first to admit he doesn’t have it too bad.  A Missouri farm boy’s life in 1940 doesn’t lack for hard work and long days, but when the work is done adventure calls: fields and woods […]

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And the winner is…

And the winner for our New Children’s Bible giveaway is… Joey E. Congratulations, Joey! And thanks to those who shared their New Year’s goals with us and entered the giveaway.

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Newbery Buzz: The Center of Everything

Betsy and I are back to dialogue about childrens’ books that the American Library Association may delight to honor.  This year’s ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced on Jan. 27 (and in connection with that, we have our own exciting announcement to make–stay tuned!)  For today, a middle-grade realistic novel with a dash of […]

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Nurturing a young reader’s literary tastes

Parents with avid readers often find themselves with a dilemma: after my child has read all the age-appropriate books, where do we go from here? Progression to the next reading level adds to the scramble at the bookstore or library. What author should I try next? How can I get my child interested in a […]

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The Case for Christ for Kids: 90-Day Devotional

The Case for Christ for Kids 90-Day Devotional, by Lee Strobel and Jesse Florea.  Zonderkidz, 2013, 199 pages.  Reading Level: Middle Grade, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 8-12 Bottom Line: This devotional guide based on Lee Strobel’s books may be a good way to introduce middle-graders to regular Bible-study time. Lee Strobel’s books have sold […]

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