Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Copernicus Legacy, Book 1, The Forbidden Stone, by Tony Abbott


If you like Riordan’s books, National Treasure, or the Da Vinci code, you will love this series. I could barely put Book 1 down from start to finish over two days. Historical fact and fiction are woven together. Did Copernicus construct … Continue reading

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The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz


This story is told in the first person by a 14-year old girl through her journal, written in 1911. It starts out slowly as she is working on a farm. Her mother has passed away and she is doing all … Continue reading

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A Mango Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass


Have you ever felt like a freak? Are you someone with a secret you have to keep inside because if people knew they would not like you, or think you were crazy? The story is told in the first person, Mia … Continue reading

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Cosplay, by Lauren Orsini


Instant hit with my middle school girls! Combine the ideas of dress-up, manga, and pretending to be your favorite character. And what dress-ups, what extravagant costumes, interviews with the people who bring their characters to life at conventions around the … Continue reading

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No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis


This small book packs big messages. I have traveled in India a number of times. Street people, beggars, the homeless and sick are no strangers here in the San Francisco area or in the streets of India. I have chatted … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown


I rowed at Harvard. My disclaimer: I was on the Lowell House women’s crew team.  We were an intramural team. One woman has rowed Freshman crew for Harvard. We rowed one race on the Charles. I caught a small crab. … Continue reading

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