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Posts by Miranda McDermott

Booktalking "Stronger Than You Know" by Jolene Perry

Fifteen-year-old Joy is trying to transcend her troubled past. Read More ›

ACRL/NY Mentoring and New Librarian Discussion Group, June 2015

ACRL/NY has a mentoring and new librarians meeting twice a year. It is a great chance to meet other new librarians, more experienced librarians and network. Read More ›

Booktalking "Leadership Gold" by John Maxwell

Leaders need to examine themselves in order to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Read More ›

Booktalking "Miracle" by Elizabeth Scott

Megan is the lone survivor of the Flight 619 crash. Memories of the disaster and aftermath are conspicuously absent when she awakes in the hospital. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Negotiator" by Ben Lopez

A first-hand account of a fascinating and high stakes career. A Security companies, such as the one that employs Ben Lopez, work on negotiating ransom sums with the kidnappers and keeping everyone safe.Read More ›

Booktalking "#Girlboss" by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia remembers her favorite pair of jeans at age six, and all of the clothing phases that she passed through. She never envisioned herself as the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, but that is exactly what she became. Read More ›

Booktalking "Wanderville" by Wendy McClure

Driving a wagon with runaway horses, freedom from child labor, pining for parents to take care of them, and letting their imaginations run wild. The kids in this story have a bunch of fun…on their own.Read More ›

Learning Express Library: Practice Exams

Learning Express Library is a great resource to utilize to practice for any upcoming tests that one might have. Read More ›

Booktalking "Guitar Notes" by Mary Amato

Lyla and Tripp share a guitar room, but only one person is allowed in the room at a time. Two would be a scandal. So, Lyla uses the room on even days and is "Ms. Even;" Tripp is known as "Mr. Odd."Read More ›

Booktalking "Gluten-Free Birthday for Me!" by Sue Fliess

Have to celebrate special occasions and birthdays with food intolerances? No problem. Gluten-free birthday cake is the answer to this dilemma! Rice and corn are often used in place of wheat flour in baking, but it can be rather dense if not treated carefully. The girl in this story solved the problem by baking a cake with her mother.

Piñatas, relay races, painted faces, removable tattoos, and even cake that gluten-free folks can eat. Sounds like a fabulous kids' birthday party to me! No one has to feel left out. Presents, party favors, and everyone goes 

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Booktalking "Red Thread Sisters" by Carol Antoinette Peacock

A Chinese legend decrees that a red thread connects those who are destined to meet, and it never breaks. A red thread connects Wen and Shu Ling, as close as sisters in their Chinese orphanage.Read More ›

Booktalking "Not in the Script" by Amy Finnegan

Emma Taylor is rich and famous... the dream of any teen, right?Read More ›

Booktalking "Zebra Forest" by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Eleven-year-old Annie, 9-year-old "Rew" (Andrew) and Gran reside together in a country house adjacent to the Zebra Forest. That is, white birch trees interspersed with darkness makes the trees reminiscent of a zebra's stripes. Annie and Rew love the Zebra. They also adore acting out Treasure Island and enjoying other books. Read More ›

Summer Reading Kickoff 2015: Superheroes!

I was excited to attend the system-wide summer reading kickoff on June 4, 2015 at the Mott Haven Library. Many staff members, parents and kids, NYPL president Tony Marx, City Council Member Andy King, graphic novelist Nathan Hale and the Mott Haven library staff turned out for this event. Read More ›

Booktalking "Millions of Cats" by Wanda Ga'g

An old man and a woman live in a beautiful house in the countryside, but they are lonely without any other people or animals about. Enter cats. Millions of cats. Read More ›

BookExpo America 2015 Recap

I was excited to attend my fourth BookExpo this May. The exhibits, as always, were fantastic. Read More ›

Booktalking "Priceless" by Robert Wittman

Wittman's first assignment landed him in Philadelphia, a mecca of art. He loves art, so fighting art theft and crime was second nature to him.Read More ›

Booktalking "The League" by Thatcher Heldring

Wyatt wants to play football. His father wants him to enjoy golf, as he and his daughter, Kate, do. Brother Aaron extols the virtues of football with Wyatt. Their mother does not want the injuries that come with tackle football. Read More ›

Booktalking "Life is But a Dream" by Brian James

Sabrina hears and sees things that are invisible to other people. These experiences are what drives her parents to admit her to the euphemistically named "Wellness Center." There, nurses fill her body up with pills, and the psychiatrists fill her mind with advice and talk, talk, talk.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sugar Hill" by Carole Boston Weatherford

Sugar Hill is at the heart of Harlem, New York, the mecca of African American art and culture. Read More ›
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