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Booktalking "Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy" by Bil Wright

"Carrlos Duarte, makeup artist to the stars."Read More ›

Booktalking "Ready to Wear" by Chloe Taylor

Zoey and her friends Priti and Kate are beyond thrilled when their middle school abolishes school uniforms. Guess that petition Zoey started last spring and the new principal had a hand in that. Fashion freedom at last! This will open up new horizons to Zoey in the clothing department.Read More ›

Booktalking "A La Carte" by Tanita Davis

Elaine, or Laine, as she is called, absolutely loves being in the kitchen, and she is sure that she wants to enter into a culinary career straight out of high school. She forgets all of her worries when she is cooking. But her mother is not so sure. She wants her to get additional schooling prior to entering the world of food full-time.Read More ›

Booktalking "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old August (Auggie) Pullman is about to enter fifth grade in a regular school. Up until this point, he has been home schooled due to a rare facial deformity that has caused him to undergo more surgeries in half a childhood than most people endure in a lifetime.Read More ›

Booktalking "Best Enemies" by Jessica Burkhart

Charm and Sasha are a team, a team that might become a part of the Youth Equestrian National Team (YENT), if Sasha can help Charm conquer his hydrophobia so that they can succeed in the cross-country portion of the eventing trial that they will enter. Dressage, cross-country, and show jumping comprise the sport of equestrian eventing. I do not know if I would try it, but the girls and boys of Canterwood Crest excel at horsemanship.Read More ›

Booktalking "Gee Whiz" by Jane Smiley

Gee Whiz is a grey off-the-track Thoroughbred. He enjoys racing with Blue, and Abby Lovitt is intrigued by him.Read More ›

Booktalking "Founding Mothers" by Cokie Roberts

Unfortunately, there is not much written about the formative female figures in our nation's history. In many cases, women assisted famous male figures, but some also did amazing things sheerly of their own volition.Read More ›

Booktalking "Pie in the Sky" by Jane Smiley

Free jumping horses so that horses see work as a fun game. Teaching a horse to trailer by spoiling a veteran who gets carrots and oats for walking onto the trailer quietly. Dealing with True Blue's fear of the fences and Pie in the Sky's pride. It's a day in the life of ninth grader Abby Lovitt, whose family owns Oak Valley Ranch, a training facility in the 1960s.Read More ›

Booktalking "Kaiulani: the People's Princess" by Ellen White

As a royal teenager in Hawaii in 1889, Princess Victoria Kaiulani enjoyed fine foods and gifts. She luxuriated in fine clothes, peacocks, and she enjoyed cantering on her pony, Fairy. She loved to ride when something was bothering her and feel the breeze on her face. All of the servants were attentive to her needs, and she was required to call one when she dropped a pen since it was unbecoming of a princess to stoop. She loved Hawaii.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Year at the Races" by Jane Smiley

Some horses are driven and ambitious just as some people are so focused and determined to achieve success. For example, Secretariat displayed those qualities. They are interested in their work and they try to improve for themselves, not simply for the trainer's approval. They are less distractible. Horses have different athletic inclinations and preferences for certain kinds of work (e.g., trail riding, eventing, dressage, barrel racing, etc.)Read More ›

Booktalking "The Horses in My Life" by Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts was riding horses at a walk, trot, and canter as a 3-year-old boy. He vaguely remembers people saying, "He's only three, and look at him ride!"Read More ›

Booktalking "Fifteen Love" by Nicole Leigh Shepherd

Fifteen-year-old ninth-grade identical twins Maggie and Bella Anderson did not know what was in store for them when they met Coach Kasinski. Coach K, as she did not appreciate being called, liked her players to play the Kasinski way, whatever that meant. Maggie eats junk food while Bella watches her diet. Maggie twirls the racket while Bella perfects her game. Bella is obsessed with the game, while Maggie reluctantly participates. Is a Classic title on their horizon?Read More ›

Booktalking "When I Grow Up" by Al Yankovic

It is show-and-tell day in Mrs. Krupp's class, and eight-year-old Billy has a lot to share. The topic of today's project: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"Read More ›

Booktalking "Prom" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Just a dance or the best night of your life?Read More ›

Booktalking "Samphire Song" by Jill Hucklesby

Visions of rides with her father keep flashing into 14-year-old Jodie’s brain. It’s hard to envision a future without him. That, and the frightening panic attacks that she avoids telling anybody about. Hopefully, no one will notice any difference in her behavior.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Caldecott Celebration" by Leonard Marcus

On the 70th anniversary of the inception of the Caldecott Medal, Leonard Marcus wrote this wonderful edition. Included are seven Caldecott Medal winners, one from each decade that the prize has been given.Read More ›

Booktalking "Double Act" by Jacqueline Wilson

10-year-old identical twins Ruby and Garnet Barker do everything together, and they have lots of fun in the process. Ruby is outgoing and energetic, while Garnet is more reserved and careful in her actions.Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival: March 2014

We were lucky to have the 6th annual Teen Author Festival at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in March again this year. Author David Levithan has been hosting this informative gathering of teen authors, teens, librarians and teachers alike in different locations in the NYC area.Read More ›

Booktalking "Rein It In: An A Circuit Novel" by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

A Circuit—one of the most competitive horse show circuits available. Teenagers who are both horse crazy and relationship crazy, sneaking quick kisses and dating in between all of the preparation for horse shows and competition. Read More ›

Booktalking "Higher Education?" by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus

All of the talk these days is about the rising cost of tertiary education. Is it really necessary for so many people to go to college? Ever wonder why exactly college costs are so astronomically high?Read More ›
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