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Book review: Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige; illustrated by Stephen Byrne

Pub Date: 02 Apr 2019

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Mera: Tidebreaker is an origin story of Mera and Aquaman. It says so on the back cover. Otherwise, I never would have known these characters already existed. I'm not a comic book hero follower, so this was a total introduction to these characters for me.

As a graphic novel, it fell a little flat. As others have opined, the romance developed too quickly in story form; although, I could see the foreshadowing of Mera being…


Posted on January 20, 2019 at 4:53pm

Book review: All Our Broken Pieces

Book review: All Our Broken Pieces by L. D. Crichton

Publishing date: May 7, 2019

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I didn't think I'd enjoy a sappy love story, but that's OK, because this wasn't sappy. I really liked these believable characters. Kyler was very romantic, and Lennon made for a very good example of how to understand OCD in others.

The OCD portion of the story was handled very well, both normalizing and explaining how it's not normal, or rather…


Posted on January 20, 2019 at 3:06pm

Book Review: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Book Review: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Publishing date: January 1, 2019

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I'm going to start at the end... there's a sequel in waiting. That gives you an idea about the ending: it's a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, I'll never find out how it all ends; I won't be purchasing the sequel for my high school library. I'm not sure how much my students recognize cliched writing, but since it interfered with my enjoyment of the book, I'm…


Posted on December 17, 2018 at 8:29pm

Book Review: XL by Scott Brown

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XL by Scott Brown

Pub Date: 26 Mar 2019

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I love Scott Brown's writing style: interesting vocabulary, descriptive metaphors, a glimmer of breaking the fourth wall, and a bit of dry, subtle humor. It works. If you don't like being given one of the funniest lines of a movie during a trailer, don't read the next part of this sentence since I'm going to ruin a chuckle for you: car mitzvah, when you turn 16…


Posted on December 9, 2018 at 2:19pm

Book Review: What We Buried

Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

To be published February 26, 2019

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Riveting. RIVETING!

From the double-meaning title to the adept use of flashbacks entwined with the glimpses of memory, What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman epitomizes a psychological thriller. I'm so glad I read this and cannot wait to get this book for my high school library.

I read this in one sitting, from 9am to 2pm on a Sunday, and it was time well…


Posted on October 14, 2018 at 3:30pm

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Book Review: One Second

Book Review:Any Second by Kevin EmersonPub. date: November 20, 2018Read courtesy of netgalley.com5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review!I cannot wait to get this book for my high school's library!My students are taught to be an upstander instead of a bystander. In Any Second, Maya did this... and beyond. Kevin Emerson wrote a story that is both unique and scarily possible, which is what makes it such a compelling read.Emerson did a great job with the pace of the storytelling and the points at which the narrator's…See More
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Book Review: Body Swap

Book ReviewBody Swap by Sylvia McNicollRead courtesy of www.netgalley.comPublication date: 09 Oct 2018I think that Sylvia McNicoll and Dundurn are selling themselves short: This is not just a YA Middle School novel. While it's appropriate for middle schoolers (i.e., no cursing), I'm sure it would be appealing to high schoolers and adults, too. It reminded me of a seamless mash-up of the stories behind Cocoon, Big, and Lovely Bones (the book, not the…See More
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Book review: Whisper by Lynette Noni

I wanted to like this more than I did. I just felt like in our current social culture, it was another you-don't-know-who-to-trust and everyone-who's-not-like-you-is-to-be-approached-with-caution and look-what-we've-done-to-our-world... I know that's what dystopian fiction is, but this wasn't unique enough to wow me.  Noni did her best to make the reader flip flop as to 'who's to blame,' but it was too easy to figure out, which made me lose a little sympathy for our hero (victim?). I'm no longer…See More
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Book Review: How You Ruined My Life

Preview read courtesy of"How You Ruined My Life"By Jeff Strand @Jeff StrandPublication date: April 3, 2018Thanks to for providing this advanced readers copy.Humor without curse words! A high school punk rock band without curse words! A book that would work in either middle school or high school without curse words!"How You Ruined My Life" is a humorous story based on the premise of opposite finances. Two high school cousins…See More
Feb 20, 2018

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At 8:36am on February 2, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Arlen,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.

If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 9:48am on May 27, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hi Arlen,
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

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