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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18 Aug
Audio Review: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Audio Review: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

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Will Carter, known to most of his friends and classmates as Carter, is starting his Freshman year of high school. He’s hoping this year he can score with the hottest girl in 9th grade (or any girl, really). He’s also working on his ADD; it’s been holding him back. Most of all, he’s looking for acceptance. It’s not easy to be a mostly unathletic, stuttering kid when there are guys constantly ragging on him.

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17 Aug
Book Review: Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

Book Review: Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

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Guy in Real Life swaps narratives between Lesh and Svetlana, both of whom spend a fair amount of time in their respective gaming worlds. After a night of underage drinking, Lesh finds himself grounded and extremely bored. He decides to start playing an MMO game, and soon finds himself completely engrossed. Svetlana is pissed after she collides with the drunken Lesh and ruins her original copy of the RPG she created. She fully intends to chew Lesh out at school, but finds herself strangely drawn to him.

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16 Aug
Bout of Books 11 Goals & Updates

Bout of Books 11 Goals & Updates

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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13 Aug
Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl is written from Cath’s point of view. She and her twin sister Wren are starting college, and Cath has always assumed they would experience that together. When Wren decides to room with someone else and go her own way, Cath is forced to do things on her own for the first time. It’s not just about being roommates. Cath has always depended on Wren to help her through social situations. Now, she has to make friends and navigate romance on her own. It’s so much easier for her to sit in her dorm room and write Simon Snow fanfiction.

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10 Aug
High School Library Must-Have: Student Aides

High School Library Must-Have: Student Aides

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I said I planned to reflect on my experiences in the school library. Now that school has started and I’ve finished my first full week, I feel like it’s a good time to get started. If there’s anything the past week at the school has taught me, it’s how invaluable student aides are. We truly rely on them to help the school library function successfully.

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