21 Oct
Graphic Novel Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Graphic Novel Review: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

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Anda joins a guild of female gamers on an MMORPG called Coarsegold Online. She and one of the guild members start killing off gold farmers to keep the game on even ground. After a short conversation with one of the farmers, Anda realized there’s more behind the scenes of gold farming than she thought. Her unlikely friendship with a boy across the world leads Anda to have some misunderstandings and make some mistakes that cost much more than her Coursegold account and her place in the guild.

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07 Oct
Manga Review: Gangsta v. 3 by Kohske

Manga Review: Gangsta v. 3 by Kohske

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In the third volume of Gangsta, we take a step into the past. The second volume left off with a revelation of sorts about the relationship between Nic and Worick. These two guys who just seem like badass have a more complex relationship than that. This volume tells the story of how Nic and Worick met and how their relationship developed into its current dynamic.

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06 Oct
What I’m Reading: Comics Edition

What I’m Reading: Comics Edition

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I’ve always had a tendency to jump on a certain trend and stick with it for a while. I think that will only increase since I’m planning to make some categorical bibliographies for my school library. I get questions about certain kinds of books all the time, and it makes me what to pull together … Read More »

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24 Sep
When They Ask Why

When They Ask Why

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I was talking with a teacher the other day, and we were discussing student attitudes about assignments and tests. She made a comment about her students always asking why: why do they have to learn this, why do they have to read that? She said that her reaction to these questions is to tell them … Read More »

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22 Sep
Sights & Sounds [4]

Sights & Sounds [4]

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This is a feature where I share some my current favorite things or obsessions including movies, TV, and music. Pretty much things that aren’t books.
TV Shows

I watched the first episode of Red Band Society, and it looks like it might be a pretty good show. It’s definitely nothing like most of the shows I watch, … Read More »

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11 Sep
Audio Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Audio Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

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Leonard Peacock is turning 18, and he’s ready to say goodbye. After living with the torments of a former friend for years, Leonard doesn’t think he can make it another day on this earth. First, he has to say goodbye to the few people who haven’t made him feel like the strangest kid on the planet.

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10 Sep
Get Organized with Trello

Get Organized with Trello

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As a first year school librarian, there are bound to be some overwhelming moments and days. I think it’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses. One thing I count as a strength is my desire to stay neat and organized when it comes to my work. I like things in their place. I like … Read More »

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03 Sep
Audiobooks and Literacy

Audiobooks and Literacy

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I came across this professional book a few months ago, and I decided I just had to read it. I actually read the bulk of it in July. When I picked the book up, I hoped to find in it some valid reasons for using audiobooks in K-12 settings. I’ve always loved audiobooks. They might … Read More »

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01 Sep
Audio Review: Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Audio Review: Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

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Tilt follows three teens as they attempt to navigate serious issues while they’re parents pull away with their own problems. The blurb on the back of the audio indicates that this is a sort of follow-up to Triangles, an adult novel by Hopkins that was released a few years ago.

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19 Aug
Audio Review: Scowler by Daniel Kraus

Audio Review: Scowler by Daniel Kraus

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Scowler is told from the perspective of Ry Burke, living with his mother and sister on an Iowa farm. It’s been several years since Ry’s father, Marvin, was sent to prison. They haven’t taken very good care of the farm since then, and their only option left is to sell it. When a stranger in prison clothes shows up at their door, telling of his escape, the family is terrified that Marvin will be coming for them.

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