101 Freaky Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger

This book features 101 freaky animals from puffer fish to Shoebills.  I don’t really agree with the order, but it is still fun and informative to look through.  Number one is  Aardvark that live in Africa and eat ants and termites that it eats with its super long and sticky tongue.  Number 101 is a Viper Fish […]

Digital Natives

I have been reading Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital  Natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser.  This is not really a book for tweens as much as it is about tweens, as well as, those of us born after 1980 (including myself).  They have this idea that identities  are split in two,  […]

The Clique by Lisi Harrison

Oh…The Clique, there is one in every school,   that one group of people that for whatever strange reason you want to be a part of  even though you know that it wouldn’t be a good fit.   Popularity can do strange things to you.  For Claire it’s no different.  When her family movies into the guest house of […]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic by Louisa May Alcott is simply a must read for every little woman out there.  This Charming story is about four little women starting out in their lives.  The fun part is that the reader gets to observe them grow up, from childhood to womanhood and for some motherhood. Most of the story however revolves […]

Alternative Formats

If you look in a bookstore or a library today you will see a lot of alternative formats from graphic novels, novels that are told through both text and pictures, novels told through the texting and chat rooms,  as well as books told almost completely through images (look for my post on Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral later […]

Judy Blume: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Question: Are there boy books and girls books? Do we embrace this as a professional necessity or do we actively try to fight stereotypes. I am sorry to say that this is one stereotype that is sticking around.  There are diffidently certain books that have strict gender lines. Judy Blume’s Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret is a great example I can’t […]

Pollyanna (2003) TV Drama Movie

TV Movie DRAMA Staring:Amanda Burton, Kenneth Cranham, and Georgina Terry Director: Sarah Harding When you need to turn you frown upside down , Pollyanna is just what the doctor ordered. A recently made orphan named Pollyanna moves to her only living relative’s home, Aunt Polly an  unwed, uptight women who has solely taken her in out of […]