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Spirit of Christmas Books

December 30, 2008

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I put away Christmas today and thought for a moment about keeping a pine cone or an ornament out just to remind me of the season. Have you ever consider doing this, keeping out a part of Christmas so that you can remember the joy, the sweetness and the gentleness we manage to find during […]

Giving 2.0

December 24, 2008

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book review: Perfect Chemistry

December 23, 2008

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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Walker Books for Young Readers, 2008 main characters: Alejandro Fuentes; Brittany Ellis He’s everything that she isn’t, so everyone thinks. We read the cover and assume we’ll be reading another good girl/bad boy opposites attracting-type of books. But what we get is a story of what can happen when people […]

Walter Dean Myers goes 2.0

December 23, 2008

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from AdLit.org: In Dope Sick, Walter Dean Myers breaks new ground and stretches the boundaries of realism in a tale of second chances, redemption, and the promise of hope. Beginning January 14, the first quarter of Myers’ new title will be exclusively available for download at AdLit.org. You’ll also get to hear directly from Myers […]

Teen Choice Awards

December 23, 2008

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Teenreads.com is collaborating with the Children’s Book Council offering teens an opportunity to share their five favorite books of 2008. The five titles that receive the most “votes” will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2009 Teen Choice Book Award. A list of nominees can be found at http://www.teenreads.com/features/ccba_nominees_2009.asp, where readers also may find information […]

Book Review: Fast talk on a slow road

December 22, 2008

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Fast talk on a slow road By:  Rita Garcia Williams Puffin, 1998 Main Character:  Dinizulu “Denzel” Watkins While a casual reference to the World Trade Center and the lack of cell phones and email somewhat dates this story, the pressures upon young men to succeed at school, with girls, for their families and to each […]

Donation Round UP

December 21, 2008

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The other day, I stopped at a local grocery store to pick up a few items and as I stopped, I heard that familiar sounding holiday bell.  A rather young person was stationed outside the door with the Salvation Army’s red bucket hoping to collect money from shoppers.  I decided that everyday this season, I […]

In DC and want to teach?

December 17, 2008

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D.C.-Area Independent Schools Invite Candidates of Color to Jan. 11 Event Interested in a career teaching at an independent school? Nine Washington area schools are holding a networking event for candidates of color on January 11 where you can: • Learn about private independent schools • Hear how to prepare for the upcoming recruitment season […]

Give the gift of Literacy

December 13, 2008

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Don’t forget Books for Tots!  This special program, run by those at Toys for Tots, is currently collecting donations online (http://www.toysfortots.org/literacy/default.asp) or at participating UPS Stores nationwide.  For as little as $1, books can be placed in the hands of preschool through high school aged children in your community.  100% of your donation goes toward […]