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*High School Librarian in southern NJ
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Book Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars





To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

by Christopher Paolini

Pub Date: 15 Sep 2020 

Read courtesy of http://www.Netgalley.com

Although I usually don't enjoy fantasy, Paolini makes it accessible to me. He doesn't confuse me with featureless, flat characters with too many weird, similar names - that alone is a win for me. I really enjoyed To Sleep in a Sea of Stars since it falls in that nebulous alley between fantasy and…
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Posted on September 13, 2020 at 7:31pm

Audiobook Review: Untold Mayhem

Untold Mayhem (audiobook version)

by Mark Tullius 
Pub Date: 27 May 2020
I LoveLOVED this shory story collection by Mark Tullius. I listened to it as a recorded book, and the narrators were all appropriate for the stories they read. Very talented group! It's is difficult to end a short story, and the author didn't miss a beat; every story was solid. I'm not sure how appropriate it all is for my 9th and 10 graders, but the 11th and 12th graders…
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Posted on September 13, 2020 at 6:49pm

Book Review: Influence

Influence

by Sara Shepard; Lilia Buckingham

Pub Date: 05 Jan 2021



Glad I stuck with it! Went from an almost DNF to 3 stars to 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Might have been my disinterest, disdain, or dread of the effect social media has on this generation of teens that initially had me turned off, but as the plot developed, there was a real story behind all of the 'influencing' going on. [Get your cringe ready for an "in my day" story... when I was a teen, we were only worried if our business… Continue

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 8:40am

Book Review: Influence

Influence by Sara Shepard; Lilia Buckingham Pub Date: 05 Jan 2021 Read courtesy of http://netgalley.com

Glad I stuck with it! Went from an almost DNF to 3 stars to 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Might have been my disinterest, disdain, or dread of the effect social media has on this generation of teens that initially had me turned off, but as the plot developed, there was a real story behind all of the 'influencing' going on. [Get your cringe ready for an "in my day"…

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Posted on July 29, 2020 at 8:30am

Book review: Aftershocks

Aftershocks

by Marisa Reichardt

Pub Date: 29 Sep 2020

read courtesy of http://netgalley.com

⭐⭐⭐⭐Very enjoyable.

At first I wondered how the author was going to have a whole book told by someone caught in the rubble of an earthquake, but I was pleasantly surprised by the use of flashbacks and storytelling by the trapped characters. Then the narration changed as the story changed (I don't want to tell how, since that would be a…

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Posted on July 22, 2020 at 11:30am

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Book Review: Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake

Book Review: Nowhere on Earth by Nick LakePub Date: 26 May 2020 Read courtesy of http://netgalley.comOne word: derivative.First, though, this book didn't know what it wanted to be. It felt easy to read, but right off the bat (chapter 1, paragraph 1) the author threw in "big words," which could easily turn off the reluctant reader who might have otherwise found this a highly accessible book.Second, I honestly do not know if my high schoolers like reading…See More
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Book Review: Oasis by Katya de Becerra

Book Review:Oasis by Katya de BecerraPub Date: 07 Jan 2020Read courtesy of Netgalley.comI so wanted to like this as much as I started out liking it. It really pulled me in quickly. I can see how it was initially described as Lost mixed with Twilight Zone, but I guess I was hoping for more Twilight Zone mixed with Lost. I personally enjoy more scifi than fantasy, and Oasis was definitely more fantasy than scifi.Confession: At first I thought the "diversity thing" was over the top, but I quickly…See More
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Book Review: Crying Laughing

Book ReviewCrying Laughing by Lance RubinPublishing date: November 19, 2019Read courtesy of netgalley.com5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐If we couldn't get more of Denton Little, at least we have Winnie Friedman. Cleverly written story about comedy without being forced and corny -- quite an achievement. Makes me want to start an improv club for my students!Even though I know a bat mitzvah is for girls and a bar mitzvah is for boys, and the reader is told about the character's bat mitzvah, I still found myself…See More
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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 http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. 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 http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . 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!

Sincerely,

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 - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

Sincerely,
Mike McQueen

LET'S NETWORK HERE TOO (request me as a friend):
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