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12Dec2018

Book #60: The Underneath

I’ve reviewed The Underneath by Kathi Appelt here, and it’s a pretty good summary, but I read it aloud to my kids over a year ago as well.  When I was writing the syllabus for my book discussion group, we had just read it aloud and I knew I wanted to introduce it to more young people in the world. It’s always easy to discuss a book based on what happened and who was in it. I wanted to ta

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Book #58: Dragonwatch: The Wrath of the Dragon King

The sequel to Brandon Mull’s first Dragonwatch book, which I briefly reviewed here, was just as fun, action-packed and great as a read aloud as expected.  I love enjoying these books as a family, all experiencing the highs and lows together.  To top it off, we went and met Brandon Mull at a book signing in Portland a few days after we finished reading it.  My kids hammered him with questions,

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12Dec2018

Book #55: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

My kids all have book-related names and after four girls, my husband and I were stumped by what we should name our first boy.  What boy from our favorite books should we name him after?  Who do we like enough and also like his name enough to name our child after him?  Tom Sawyer was the answer.  While our Sawyer isn’t as conniving, devious, or reckless (sometimes), he does share the qualitie

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11Dec2018

Book #53: Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh was one of my favorite books when I was a kid.  I wanted to be a spy just like Harriet.  I even got myself a notebook and old clothes good for climbing fences and into dumbwaiters.  Unfortunately, I didn’t live in New York City, I lived in suburban Kansas City, Kansas.  Nobody had a dumbwaiter in their split-level home.  Nobody was even around worth spying

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11Dec2018

Book #51: The Mysterious Benedict Society

I already blogged about The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart here, but I’m so glad I read it again for the book discussion group.  Introducing another generation to this amazing book is always worth a re-read. Reading it again always makes me ask the question, which character am I most like?  Constance, probably, as much as I hate to admit.  What about you? Goodreads r

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11Dec2018

Book #49: The Trumpet of the Swan

Are you one of those people who hate talking animal stories?  Or super smart animals?  Well, you still might like The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White.  Everyone knows about Charlotte’s Web by the same author, but I wonder how many people know about this beautiful little book.  These two are my favorites by E. B. White, with Stuart Little a very distant third. There’s so much to love

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11Dec2018

Book #46: Beanstalks and Other Hilarious Scarytales

I read a book called Beanstalks and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten White.  That time is now lost to me. Some books you read because your kids insist they’re funny and awesome and then you read them and think, “Do my children actually know what a funny and awesome book is?”  The only thing that redeemed it was portraying Snow White as a vampire, which is something I’ve been say

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Book #45: The Beyonders, A World Without Heroes

For the second half of the books in this reading challenge, there will be quite a few that I read for the book group of homeschooled teens that I am mentoring this year.  The Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull is one of them.  When I met Brandon Mull at Life, the Universe and Everything Conference in February, I told him that I was going to have my book group read that series.  I

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Book #38: 100 Cupboards

In this great big world, there are more books than I can possibly ever read, though I’m sure gonna give it a try.  I’m grateful for people out there who are digging through the piles and finding the gems.  Sarah Mackenzie, whose books I’ve reviewed here and here and whose blog I regularly read, is a pile digger and I trust her selections.  One day I was perusing the shelves at my local us

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06Oct2018

Book #33 The Family Under the Bridge

I read The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson to my 11- and 8-year-olds, based on the recommendation from The Read-Aloud Family.  It’s about an old Parisian man, Armand, who lives as a vagrant, happily and by choice.  He encounters a young mother and her three small children, who have lost their father and their home, and then his spot under the bridge.  He begrudgingly starts

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