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book review: Putting MakeUp on the Fat Boy

October 31, 2011

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book review: Putting MakeUp on the Fat Boy author: Bil Wright date: Simon and Schuster, July 2011 main character: Carlos Duarte Carlos Duarte is a high school student with a dream of becoming a famous make-up artist. When his friend, Angie suggests that he apply for an opening in the cosmetic department at Macy’s, he […]

Versatile Blogger Award

October 30, 2011


Thanks so much, Helen of Helen’s Book Blog! I saw this when you gave it to me weeks again and kind of forgot to ‘accept’. Sorry it took so long! Here are  the rules: Thank and link to the blogger who bestowed the award Share seven random facts about yourself (see below) Spread the love by […]


October 30, 2011


I’ve found a few great shares on the Internet!  LobsterBoy blog is introducing librarians to the new book  Into the Trap by Craig Moodie by offering them the chance to win four live lobsters delivered fresh to your home on New Year’s Eve! Of course I’m ruining my chance of winning this great meal by sharing, […]

book review: Guantanamo Boy

October 29, 2011


book review: Guantanamo Boy author: Ana Perera date: Albert Whitman and Co., Sept 2011 main character: Khalid Ahmed I’ve seem to be stuck on the theme of war. While Guantanamo Boy isn’t exactly about war, it is about a situation that couldn’t legally exist if we were at war and if those detained were called […]

Book pairing: Beyond Bullets and The Midnight Zoo

October 25, 2011


War is a topic about which children should not have to read. Yet, presenting this topic in a learning environment may increase the readers’ ability to have a more caring response to violent situations. Beyond Bullets and The Midnight Zoo are two recent books that examine the consequences of war and deepen our responses to […]

Bits and Pieces

October 24, 2011


I received several bits in pieces in my email account today that are very much worth sharing.  From ALA Editions, I was reminded of Vanessa Irwin Morris’ new book The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Street Literature.  Street lit, also known as urban fiction, addresses with unflinching grit the concerns and problems of city living. Controversial […]


October 23, 2011


Thanks to a new year round calendar in my district, my fall break this year was two weeks long and the timing couldn’t have been better as it matched up perfectly with great travel deals from Travelocity. I went to Atlanta this week! There were several people I should have called while there, but I […]

October Releases Updated

October 23, 2011


The following is an updated listing of MG and YA books written by authors of color, with a few exceptions. Maybe I try to be too specific when I describe my list? I think I need to be. Recently, someone requested suggested titles written for children of color. Well, what book isn’t written for children […]

Graphic Finds

October 20, 2011


These are pictures of the graphic novels I found on my recent visit to Purdue’s Black Culture Center. Several of them were new to me.