Reflections

A Literary Hospital Mission Field

A month ago my mother was taken to the hospital with a serious infection and blood poisoning. The former threatened a sobering 80% mortality rate; ...
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Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes: a Discussion

Every now and then we read a book that seems to warrant more than a standard review—even a starred one. That was Janie and Betsy’s ...
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Books We Loved

Ever wondered what it's like to listen in on our conversations? Here's a chance! Hayley, Janie, and Betsy talk about some of their favorite books ...
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Those Literary Couples We Loved

Darcy and Elizabeth  Lord Peter and Harriet Katniss and Peeta . . . or was it Gale? I know, I know!  NOT The Hunger Games.  ...
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Front Row Seat at the ALA Youth Media Awards

No, none of us were actually in the room in Philadelphia where the awards were announced. But anyone can get a front-row seat through the ...
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Back Porch Book Chat: Tim Challies (Blogger, Author, Book Reviewer)

Back Porch Book Chat: A casual, virtual conversation about books. Join us as we chat with book lovers like ourselves about a topic we all ...
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2020 Newbery Buzz #3: The Undefeated and A Place to Land

Every January, we love to discuss the merits (or demerits) of books we’ve seen getting “Newbery buzz” in the broader children’s literature world. The actual ...
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2020 Newbery Buzz #2: New Kid and Guts

Every January, we love to discuss the merits (or demerits) of books we’ve seen getting “Newbery buzz” in the broader children’s literature world. The actual ...
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