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CINDER by Marissa Meyer…LOVELACE nominee 2014-15 Division II

I am really excited about this book.  It’s been on my to-read list for a long time and I am soooo glad I finally had a chance to read it! Cinder is–as you may expect–a re-imagined telling of the traditional fairy tale Cinderella.  The book opens with Cinder digging a screwdriver into her ankle and … Continue reading

TOLLINS: EXPLOSIVE TALES FOR CHILDREN by Conn Iggulden

Tollins are not fairies.  Though they both have wings, fairies are delicate creatures and much smaller….In addition, fairies cannot sing B-sharp….Tollins regard fairies as fluttery show-offs and occasionally use them to wipe out the insides of cups.  Tollins are also a lot less fragile than fairies.  In fact, the word “fragile” can’t really be used … Continue reading

THE SANDMAN AND THE WAR OF DREAMS by William Joyce

The Sandman and the War of Dreams is the fourth installment in William Joyce’s Guardians series (the animated feature film Rise of the Guardians was based on the series).  I have enjoyed each of the books and there is still one final installment left to be written, but The Sandman is my hands-down favorite so … Continue reading

THE BULLY BOOK by Eric Kahn Gale

Eric Haskins is starting 6th Grade.  He has always seen himself as:  “exceedingly normal. I prided myself on it, nothing weird about me at all.”  Everything changes for him at the beginning of the new school year.  Eric discovers the existence of “The Book.”  The Book is passed down from each graduating 6th Grade class.  … Continue reading

GOLDIE SOCKS AND THE THREE LIBEARIANS

This is a fabulous re-telling of the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears tale!  In this version Mama & Papa Bear are librarians and Baby Bear is a librarian-in-training.  Their cottage architecturally looks as if it is made of books.  Goldie Socks sees the cottage on her shortcut through the forest.  Because she “loved books … Continue reading

FROGGED by Vivian Vande Velde

Frogged is an inventive twist on the traditional fairy tale of The Frog Prince.  Princess Imogene will be thirteen in two short weeks.  Her mother–much to Imogene’s annoyance–has given her a book entitled The Art of Being a Princess, suggesting that she might want to read a chapter every day until her birthday. Frustrated after … Continue reading

RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE and CALAMITY JACK by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale; Illustrated by Nathan Hale

                Rapunzel’s Revenge is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by my 10-year-old son and my (then) 8-year-old daughter.  My son read it first, then passed it to his sister, they passed it to me and I have now passed it on to my husband. Rapunzel’s … Continue reading

THE NIGHT FAIRY by Laura Amy Schlitz…A LOVELACE 2013-14 Division I Nominee

If anyone would have asked me what I thought of The Night Fairy at any time during the first 60 pages (chapters 1-6) I would have found a tactful way to say “bo-o-o-o-o-o-ring.”  I had a hard time pushing through the first half of the book.  The main character–a night fairy named Flory–was a character … Continue reading

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS by Mo Willems

Mo Willems’ new spin on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears does not disappoint!  I was so excited to receive my copy in the mail I read it right away, laughing all the way through it!  When my 3rd & 4th Grader saw it they begged to have it added to our bedtime reading … Continue reading

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