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Read anything great lately? Here are some of my favorites from the past month. Novels: In MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY, by John David Anderson, three boys must come to terms with the cancer diagnosis of a very special teacher. Faced... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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May’s Book Pick is this year’s Newbery-winning fantasy, THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, by Kelly Barnhill. On the annual Day of Sacrifice, Elders of the Protectorate (also called the City of Sorrows by some) collect the first baby born... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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I’ve been reading up a storm lately and here are some of my favorites: Novels: In MY SISTER ROSA, by Justine Larbalestier, 17 year old Che’s little sister Rosa looks like a doll, but she’s not. She’s a dangerous psychopath,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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April’s Book Pick is the 2017 Printz Honor winner, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, by Nicola Yoon. Natasha doesn’t believe in fate. But she’s desperate enough to ask anyone—even fate—to help her find a way to stay in America.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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I’ve read some terrific books this past month—here they are, and what have you been reading lately?? Novels: In The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, Xan rescues baby Luna from the woods. But Xan is a witch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Happy month of March and welcome to Book Talk for WOLF HOLLOW, by Lauren Wolk. This impeccably crafted, wonderfully heartfelt middle grade story was recently awarded a Newbery Honor. It’s one of my favorites from 2016, which seemed to me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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I’ve recently enjoyed these fine kid lit titles—maybe you will, too! Novels: Full of suspense, GORILLA DAWN, by Gill Lewis, takes place in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Imara is a child soldier enslaved by a gang of murderous rebels.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK, by Leslie Connor, was one of my favorite middle-grade novels of 2016, a year filled with especially strong middle-grade titles. Eleven-year-old Perry Cook, born and raised in the minimum security prison where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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It’s time to talk about great books again—have you read any great ones lately? Here are my favorite recent reads: Novels: GERTIE’S LEAP TO GREATNESS, by Kate Beasley, features a powerhouse of a fifth grade character. When Gertie’s estranged mother’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Happy New Year! January’s Book Pick is Thunder Boy Jr., written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Thunder Boy Smith Jr. loves his dad but hates that they share a name. Why can’t he be Sam, the way... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Have you read any great kid’s stuff lately? Here are some of my own recent favorites: Novels: I continue to enjoy the most excellent JACKABY series, by William Ritter. The title character, Mr. R. F. Jackaby, is a detective and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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December’s Book Pick is RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE, by the astonishing Kate DiCamillo. How does she do it: write book after strong book, all different, and all worthwhile? Raymie Clarke is determined to learn how to twirl a baton. She’s got to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Have you read anything fun lately? Here are some of my recent favorites: Novels WOLF HOLLOW, by Lauren Wolk, is one of my very favorite books of 2016. Twelve-year-old Annabelle lives a quiet life in rural Pennsylvania, until Betty Glengarry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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November’s Book Pick is UNBECOMING, by Jenny Downham, a story about three generations of red-headed women dealing with life, love, and dementia. Katie’s grandmother, Mary, suddenly turns up, and she's having trouble with her memory. She doesn’t recognize Katie, Katie's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Have you read anything great lately? Here are my recent favorites: Novels: THE SECRET KEEPERS is by Trenton Lee Stewart, who also wrote The Mysterious Benedict Society. It’s a wonderful, suspense-filled story, wherein eleven-year-old Reuben Pedley squeezes into the narrowest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Welcome! October’s Book Pick is the wonderfully creepy mid-grade book, THE NEST, written by Kenneth Oppel, with occasional (and also wonderfully creepy) illustrations by Jon Klassen. There’s something wrong with Steve’s baby brother. No one really knows what, although it’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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As summer stumbles into fall, what great reads have you discovered? Here’s what I’ve been enjoying lately: Novels: GREENGLASS HOUSE, by Kate Milford, takes place during twelve-year-old Milo Pine’s winter vacation. Just when he’s looking forward to relaxing with his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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September’s Book Pick is WAITING, by the legendary Kevin Henkes. He’s previously won a Caldecott Medal, two Newbery Honors, and a Geisel Honor, and WAITING has brought new Caldecott and Geisel Honors. Also not to be overlooked is his supremely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Novels: I finally got to read THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, by Robin Yardi, and I’m so glad I did! This funny novel features Mateo, a fourth-grader in Santa Barbara, who is obsessed with knighthood and who, aboard his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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August’s Book of the Month is the impeccably crafted, heartwarming, and life-affirming THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Ten-year-old Ada’s mam keeps her locked up in their squalid one room apartment because Ada is “a cripple.”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Novels: PAX, by Sara Pennypacker, is the moving story of a boy and the fox that he raised. When his dad goes off to war, the boy must leave the pet behind and move in with his grandfather three hundred... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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July’s Book Pick is the exceptional 2016 Caldecott winner, FINDING WINNIE: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, by Lindsay Mattock, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. A mother, cuddling with her son, tells of how Harry Colebourne, a Canadian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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I’m on a roll, still reading great books!!! There is so much to love in kid lit these days!! Here are my recent favorites: Novels: THE LIE TREE, by Francis Hardinge, has been winning awards, including the Costa Children’s Book... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid
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Hello! June’s Book Pick is very funny MOTHER BRUCE, by Ryan T. HIggins. Bruce is a bear who is a grump. Apparently, the only thing Bruce likes is eggs, cooked into fancy recipes (which he finds on the internet). One... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Tales from the Rushmore Kid