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Booktalking "Purge" by Sarah Littman

Janie struggles with her problem child status, her "perfect" stepsister Jenny, and her relationship with her best friend Kelsey back home. Read More ›

Booktalking "Duke" by Kirby Larson

Hobie Hanson's father is fighting in World War II, and now the Dogs for Defense is looking for any German Shepherds that people can possibly spare for the war effort.Read More ›

Booktalking "A World Away" by Nancy Grossman

Sixteen-year-old Eliza is going through rumspringa, an adolescent exploration that occurs in Amish communities.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Library Dragon" by Carmen Agra Deedy

Sunrise Elementary School had a dragon lady, literally, as its new librarian. The school had never had a dragon in the library before. She considered it her job to guard the books and protect them from sticky fingers. Every book was in its correct place, and she took the liberty of burning any books that she perceived to have anti-dragon sentiment contained within them.Read More ›

Booktalking "Blink Once" by Cylin Busby

West wakes up to discover that he is paralyzed and cannot move his limbs. He discovers a room full of hospital machines, strange sounds, and strange sights. He blinks once for yes and twice for no in order to communicate with the world. West was a biker who fell into a disastrous, incomprehensible world.Read More ›

Anti-Prom 2014: Punk Rock

Halfway through the event, students from the High School of Fashion Industries had a fashion show. They modeled their outfits by walking up and down the curved staircases in Astor Hall. Chic and funky punk rock outfits abounded. Read More ›

Booktalking "Gifted Grown Ups" by Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Gifted children are considered special education students: smarter than 95% of the population, with an IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of 130 or higher. An IQ of 100 denotes average intelligence. There are also qualitative measures of people's abilities. Howard Gardner conceptualizes people's strengths in terms of multiple intelligences. Gifted adults are also characterized by quick mental speed, sophistication of thought, high levels of sensitivity, drive, and a sense of humor.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Unruly Queen" by E. S. Redmond

Minerva is a child who does not know the meaning of discipline. Her parents are too busy making money to pay too much attention to her, and she is spoiled. She thinks that the butler's job is to give her candy. She makes long-distance calls and rides her pink pony down the hall. She draws with markers on the wall and roller skates indoors.

Unfettered, Minerva rules the roost. She exhausts almost every nanny that comes her way until she meets someone who plays a little bit differently. At first, the little girl is thrilled with the new caretaker; she crowns the child 

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Booktalking "Gifted Children" by Ellen Winner

According to Winner, gifted children share three characteristics: precocity, insistence on marching to their own drummers and a rage to master. Savants show extraordinary ability to recall, calculate, and draw, but they do not creatively alter their domains. Gifted kids spend more time alone, which they need in order to develop their gifts. They tend to handle solitude better than their peers.Read More ›

Book Expo America 2014

I was happy to attend Book Expo America for the first time a couple of years ago, and since then I have been hooked. The conference designed for book industry professionals will be held in NYC in 2015, then it moves to Chicago in 2016. The sessions are mostly geared towards adult materials, but there are a few sessions devoted to kids and teens. Authors, editors, publishers and lawyers attend the conference and sit on the session panels. Book Expo is a great opportunity to meet professionals in the book business.Read More ›

Booktalking "Art & Max" by David Wiesner

Dinosaur and lizard minds collide in a shared attempt to create art. Arthur decides paint Max a panoply of colors that fragment and shatter all across the page!Read More ›

Booktalking "Noodle's Knitting" by Sheryl Webster

The joy of making something out of nothing: a snuggly scarf. The little mouse got so wrapped up in knitting that she forgot about everything else! Even sleep. Read More ›

Teen Author Carnival 2014

I was very excited to learn about the Teen Author Carnival from a colleague's blog. It was held at the regal high-ceilinged Jefferson Market Library. There were many teens in attendance, and some adults joined the crowd later on. The event has been going on since 2009, and it is organized by Mitali Dave. It was a great venue for teens to get the opportunity to meet their favorite authors.

Book Trivia

The program commenced with a Book Trivia Challenge. Three 

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Booktalking "The Secret Ingredient" by Laura Schaefer

Teenager Annie Green is fascinated by all things baking and tea. She gets hooked with using social networking to promote The Steeping Leaf restaurant and her scone creations.Read More ›

Booktalking "Winner Bakes All" by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

Peace, Love and Cupcakes comprises Sadie, Kylie, Lexi and Jenna, all from Blakely Elementary's fifth grade. The girls are on a mission: to bake as many scintillating cupcakes as possible to deliver to their faithful customers! Read More ›

Booktalking "Hey, Dollface" by Deborah Hautzig

Val and Chloe are best friends extraordinaire. After spending much time with Chloe, Val finds that other people pale in comparison.Read More ›

Booktalking "Jacob's New Dress" by Sarah & Ian Hoffman

Jacob wants to dress up like the girls do—the boy likes fashion. His friend Emily understands. Jacob makes his own dress, and he offers to do the same for Emily.Read More ›

Booktalking "Shiloh Season" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Shiloh is a beagle dog that Marty holds dear.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sheep" by Valerie Hobbs

The life of a dog, passed through so many hands in so many homes. A border collie called Blackie, Shep, Spot, Sparky, and Jack in succession by different people.Read More ›

Booktalking "Mom & Me & Mom" by Maya Angelou

Vivian Baxter, aka "Lady," re-entered Maya and Bailey Johnson's lives after they spent their early childhoods with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Read More ›
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