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Book Review: Homer & Langley: A Novel by E. L. Doctorow

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HOMER & LANGLEY by E.L. Doctorow is fiction recommended for ages 18+.

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Compass Book Ratings’ Nominees Make Finalist Round for Cybil Awards

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So what is the Cybils award?  It is an award for children and young adult literature.  Books are nominated by category by book reviewers and bloggers.  Judges narrow the nominees down in the first round of judging and then select a winner in each category in the final round of judging.  “This book award was […]

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Children and Young Adult Book Awards by State

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Reader Choice Awards Do you know the award for your state? Award-winning! Who doesn’t love awards, especially awards for books?  Every state in the Union has at least one award devoted to books for young, school-aged readers. The awards vary by name, age category, eligible books, and who can nominate titles. However, a good number […]

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Book Review: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

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ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer was a National Book Award Finalist.  Young adult fiction recommended for ages 14+.  4.5 Stars

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Book Review: Skink–No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

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SKINK–NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen is a New York Times Best Seller that has been long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award.  Young adult fiction recommended for ages 14+.  4 Stars

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Book Review: Holes by Louis Sachar

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HOLES by Louis Sachar is a New York Times Best Seller and a Newbery Award Winner.  Middle grade fiction recommended for ages 9+.  5 Stars  

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Book Review: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver was a New York Times Best Seller.  It won the National Book Prize of South Africa, and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award.  Recommended for ages 18+.  4 Stars

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Book Review: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

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THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper is a Newbery Honor Book.  A middle grade fantasy recommended for ages 12+ (or possibly a strong reader 9+).  4 Stars

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Book Review: Walking Home to Rosie Lee by A. LaFaye

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WALKING HOME TO ROSIE LEE by A. LaFaye is technically a picture book.  Award-winning fistorical Fiction recommended for ages 9+ (or younger).  (Awards include:  2012 Skipping Stone Honor Book, 2012 IRA Teachers’ Choice Selection, 2012 Bank Street School of Education Best Books of the Year Selection) 5 Stars

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Book Review: Feed by M.T. Anderson

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FEED by M.T. Anderson was a National Book Award Finalist.  Young Adult science fiction recommended for ages 16+.  5 Stars

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