Author-In-Residence

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The man who unlocked the mysteries of the universe

October 2, 2014

“In the Milky Way galaxy … in a big city … in a small apartment … lived a boy named Carl.” And so it begins, STAR STUFF, Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos, (Roaring Brook Press, 2014), written and illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson. In a charming book about the man who introduced […]

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The many sides of friendship

September 2, 2014

Fourth grade isn’t easy for Penelope Crumb in Penelope Crumb is Mad at the Moon by Shawn Stout. She proudly wears her gray elephant costume with the huge nose to school for “Be An Animal Day.” Trouble is, it’s the wrong day. That’s all it takes for her used-to-be-best-friend Patsy Cline and other girls to […]

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Accepting your friends for who they are

March 9, 2014

Odd Weird & Little, by Patrick Jennings (Egmont, 2014) Woodrow has always born the brunt of the bullying from Garret and Hubcap, two boys in his fourth grade class. Until the day that Toulouse arrives, that is. Toulouse is little. Very little. He wears suits with vests and big glasses over his huge round eyes. […]

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Fact and fiction – a winning combination for middle grade readers

February 4, 2014

The newest book in the popular “I Survived” series is I SURVIVED THE NAZI INVASION 1944. Two more books are already in the pipeline, with more to come. ReaderKidZ talked to author Lauren Tarshis about how she researches each disaster, the challenges of creating a fictitious story around each one, and why there are no […]

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Gripping adventures! Real life disasters! Heroic kids!

February 2, 2014

What middle grade reader doesn’t want to read a book in which the hero in a true-to-life disaster is his own age? The popular I Survived series has been a huge hit among reluctant and not-so-reluctant middle grade readers. Packed with fast-paced action, fascinating information about terrifying disasters around the world, and – at the […]

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Meet Author Rhonda Gowler Greene

January 7, 2014

NO PIRATES ALLOWED! Said Library Lou author Rhonda Gowler Greene has written a clever picture book founded on comedic contrasts. And illustrator’s Brian Ajhar’s play with proportion and expression is simply delightful. The story is about bombastically boisterous Pirate Pete’s search for treasure, and petite and powerful Library Lou’s insistence that he make some changes before […]

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NO PIRATES ALLOWED! Said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene

January 5, 2014

NO PIRATES ALLOWED! Said Library Lou written by Rhonda Gowler Greene (illustrated by Brian Ajhar) is a charming tale of battling wills, pirate’s booty, and the love of the written word. In it, ax-wielding, foul-smelling Big Pirate Pete shatters the serenity of Seabreezy Library in search of treasure. The X-marked spot on his map led […]

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