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Newbery Buzz: The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Betsy and Janie are continuing their discussion of possible 2016 Newbery Award winners.  On deck today is a novel  by a debut author which has already been honored as a National Book Award finalist. Janie: I heard someone mention lately that most of the children’s books getting the rave reviews this year seem to be 

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13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Razorbill, 2006. 336 pages Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Recommended for: ages 15-up Bottom Line: Since its publication in 2006, 13 Reasons Why has become the go-to novel on the subject of teen suicide, but it’s more sensational than useful. Suppose, when you get home from school one 

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How Long, O Lord? When Bibliotherapy Isn’t Enough

These are dark days. I received an email this week expressing familiar anguish over the haunting reports of 21 followers of Christ who were martyred by ISIS. “I am so grieved by the reports I hear, and I’ve had a hard time explaining to my children (without freaking them out) why we need to pray. 

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*The Green Ember by S. D. Smith

NOTICE: Our giveaway of this title is now over.  Thanks to everyone who entered! *The Green Ember by S. D. Smith, illustrated by Zach Franzen.  Story Warren Books, 2014.  368 pages. Bottom Line: The Green Ember is animal fantasy at its best, filled with gripping action and heartwarming rabbits, all deeply informed by the Christian 

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*Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

*Tuck Everlasting (40th Anniversary Edition) by Natalie Babbitt, doctor forward by Gregory Maguire. Square Fish, troche 2015. 192 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Bottom Line: Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt’s masterpiece first published 40 years ago, is as timeless as its title characters. Time is holding still in the town of Treegap: the first 

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