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Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Kidzone Blog

Have you ever seen a book that looks like this?  A short chapter book biography that starts with Who Was or Who Is with a cover featuring an illustration of the subject but with an exaggeratedly humongous noggin?  I call them big-headed bios, but not just for that reason.  When you finish reading one, YOU have a big head -- one full of newfound knowledge. 
Who Is Bill Gates?
Who Is J. K. Rowling?
Who Is Jane Goodall?

Summer vacation is fast approaching and so is summer reading.  Make sure your child embraces both.  Numerous studies indicate that students who don't read over the school break experience what is known as the "summer slide" -- a stagnation or regression in reading ability.  This is easily avoidable if you follow these helpful hints.

I AM PUMPED!  Ironman 3 hits the big screen this weekend!  No, I will not be facing the crowded madness at the movie theater immediately after I post this blog.  Actually, I'm going to wait a few days.  I prefer a less chaotic cinematic experience.  Yes, I know you don't care.  Yes, I know you want me to get to the point.  Here it is -- trilogies are awesome.  Especially book trilogies.  I love a story with a good beginning, middle, and end.  And trilogies have an entire book dedicated to each.  That's why I call them a triple threat.  Discover your favorite today!
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison (#1)
Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami (#1)
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski (#1)
City of Fire by Laurence Yep (#1)
Gabriel's Horses by Alison Hart (#1)
Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner (#1)

Just look at that face. You can tell exactly what he's thinking. "Yeah, they're cute now, but watch out. Double trouble is on the way."  I've had twins on the brain lately.  One of my friends just had a set of twin boys.  Another friend is expecing twins, a boy and a girl.  And twins keep popping up in the books I'm reading.  I took the hint and am honoring them in today's blog.  Notice my attention to detail -- I'm posting this on the second of the month.  What can I say.  I'm a librarian.  It just comes naturally.
The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler (#1)
Almost Identical by Lin Oliver (#1)
Athlete Vs. Mathlete by W. C. Mack
Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
Dueling with the Three Musketeers by L. L. Samson
The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman (#1)