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Book It Alumni

Once upon a time, in a land not too far away1, a not-so-little girl2 was a proud and faithful participant in the Book It program. She read piles and piles of books, frequenting her local Pizza Hut for the personal … Continue reading

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Nostalgic for Someone Else’s Childhood

For years, it was funny that I never read the Harry Potter series. What kind of a book nerd was I, that I had never read this modern classic? The truth is, though, that I felt myself to be “too … Continue reading

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Review: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; J.K. Rowling It’s a new year at Hogwarts, and more weird stuff is happening. Harry is visited by a masochistic house elf, then he’s unable to access platform 9-3/4, and then he hears … Continue reading

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Review: Dork Diaries #2

Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl; Rachel R. Russell I wish this series existed when I was in middle school, because I am secretly Nikki Maxwell. Nikki has to deal with the worst of middle school, while also being totally … Continue reading

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Pottermore Opening!

Like most children’s book nerds yesterday—at least of the Harry Potter variety—I immediately registered for Pottermore yesterday when it opened to the public. (You should befriend me! My username is FireboltNight18996.) And, like most people, I’m going to talk about … Continue reading

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Review: Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; J.K. Rowling So now that I’ve finished this book, I’m supposed to write a brilliant, witty review that will make you want to go out and read it. Yeah right. This is actually my … Continue reading

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The Berenstain Legacy

I couldn’t tell you how many of the Berenstain Bears books I owned. I read them until they fell apart. Thus it saddened me to hear that co-creator Jan Berenstain passed away on Friday. (I also hadn’t realized that her … Continue reading

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We Give Books!

The Pearson Foundation has started this awesome way to donate books to those in need—and you hardly have to do anything at all! You go to the website, WeGiveBooks.com, and select a book to read online. (Personally, I chose Blue … Continue reading

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Review: Unwanteds

The Unwanteds; Lisa McMann In the land of Quill, your fate is decided at the age of thirteen. Either you are a “Wanted”—an intelligent, strong individual who goes to university to better the land—or an “Unwanted,” the artistic type who … Continue reading

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Review: Seven Sorcerers

Seven Sorcerers; Caro King In terms of fantasy-type literature, I haven’t read anything quite like this. Nin wakes up one morning to discover her brother has gone missing, and she’s the only one who remembers him. When the Boeyman, Skerridge, … Continue reading

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