Category Archives: Fiction – Children’s

A Review of Avi’s The Button War

Summer is here and I’m reading like a maniac. At least half of the books I’ve read this month are for kids, since I just finished my first year teaching elementary and middle school (after ten years at the high … Continue reading

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A Review of Philip Pullman’s The Subtle Knife

This review contains what the young people call “spoilers.” Read at your own risk.  The second installment in this trilogy is my favorite, I think. In this book – which is also the shortest of the three – we learn … Continue reading

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A Review of Gary Paulsen’s The Haymeadow

I came to this novel by accident, when a student I tutor chose it for a book report. We agreed to read the first six chapters before our next meeting. He read ten pages or so, declared it two thumbs … Continue reading

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A Review of Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars

Two of my tutoring clients were assigned this book for summer reading, so of course it ended up on my reading list as well. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you may have noticed that I have … Continue reading

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A Review of Lois Lowry’s Gathering Blue (by Jill)

Remember like a year ago when I read The Giver? Yeah, I thought not. For those of you who don’t remember, The Giver is a dystopian young adult novel in which a twelve year old named Jonas is chosen to … Continue reading

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Why can’t every weekend be as reading productive as this weekend? Final thoughts on The Giver and The Road Home (by Jill)

              I finished two whole books this weekend! I never do that. I’m not sure if it was these books in particular that pushed me on, or my desire to have some stuff to … Continue reading

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Progress Report on Lois Lowry’s The Giver (by Jill)

  I’m reading this book for a few reasons: first, my friend Lauren recommended I read The Giver and its sequels; second, I got a new Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift and I wanted to read a book … Continue reading

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