Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Nature of Jade

by Deb Caletti Jade suffers from Panic Disorder.  While she is on medication and meets with a psychologist, there are other little things she does to help her cope with her disorder, such as tap three times before entering her … Continue reading

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Thanks to some very generous relatives who gave me bookstore gift certificates for Christmas (Thank you!  Thank you!), I just indulged myself in some book buying, something I rarely do since I am in love with the library (and not … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Dared: A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti We meet young Helmuth on October 27, 1942 on his 264th day in a Nazi prison.  It’s a Tuesday and the executioner works on Tuesday.  Will this be Helmuth’s Tuesday? What has Helmuth done to land … Continue reading

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The Dragonfly Pool

by Eva Ibbotson Tally’s family decides it is best to send her away from London to the safe haven of the countryside as war becomes a more imminent threat.  Tally doesn’t want to go to boarding school, but she is … Continue reading

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WWII for 6th Graders

As I have mentioned in a couple of recent posts, I am giving booktalks in January to 6th graders on World War II in Europe.  I have lists of books used in the past by my predecessors and I am … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne Nine-year-old Bruno must leave his comfortable home in Berlin that has five floor and a banister for sliding down and his three best friends for life and his grandparents to live in a desolate countryside where there … Continue reading

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Morris Award Finalists

The Morris Award is a new award given to outstanding first-time YA authors.  Official wording and award info here. Here are the five finalists: Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce Graceling by Kristin Cashore Absolute Brightness by James … Continue reading

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