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Goosebumps: Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine

Yesterday was my day off, but instead of reading I spent my day writing.  I don't know if the mid-grade book I have been playing around with is any good, but I am certainly having fun writing it.  It may be doomed to the drawer forever, but it is good practice. Today, I don't have… Continue reading Goosebumps: Deep Trouble by R.L. Stine

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Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary is an epistolary novel that follows one side of a penpal relationship between Leigh Botts and Mr. Boyd Henshaw.  Leigh is a sixth grader, and he is Mr. Henshaw's number one fan.  Mr. Henshaw is an author.  Leigh enjoys Mr. Henshaw's books and decides to write to him.  At… Continue reading Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Recently, I have had a lot of requests for recommendations for mystery books for kids.  Most of what I read when I was younger did not fall into the mystery category, and a lot of what I have been reading is either coming of age or fantasy/sci-fi.  I downloaded a list of mystery books for… Continue reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

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Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

I managed to finish another book on my day off, and this one was just as good as the others I have read recently.  I picked up Song for a Whale, because it was a part of a special display.  I am really happy that I read it, and I feel like it was exactly what I… Continue reading Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

If you look at my reading list over time, you will likely notice one thing: I read in a lot of different genres.  I do seem to always come back to three specific genres more than others: middle grade, young adult, and classic literature.  There are reasons for this, and I have been thinking about… Continue reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole

Last night I ended an 8-day stretch of 8-hour work days with no breaks.  I have been reading a book when I could in the interim.  Now I have 2 days off to read and write and recover. I started reading Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole as I have had some ideas festering for writing… Continue reading Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole

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Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

Most people think of Roald Dahl as the famous author of wonderful children's books.  Several of those books have been made into rather famous movies.  Dahl also has several collections of short stories written for adults.  This morning I finally had the opportunity to finish the short stories in the collection named Skin and Other Stories.… Continue reading Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl