Reflections

Little Activists Raising Little Fists

By Janie | March 23, 2018

Yesterday’s post on Leadership asked the question: “What, exactly, is leadership?”  It’s not as easy a definition as it looks, but you might not know …

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The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse

By Janie | March 10, 2018

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses a serious problem with today’s young adults and writes a prescription for restoring the American spirit. The Vanishing American Adult: …

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A Wrinkle in Time at Fifty Years

By Janie | March 9, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time was published 55 years ago and gets the full movie-treatment this month.  In this repost from 2012 Janie wonders how well …

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Those Love Stories We Loved

By Janie | February 20, 2018

The RedeemedReader ladies recall our favorite “love stories” as teens, and rejoice that we grew out of them!  But what do we like now? You …

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Five Red Flags to Watch for in YA Christian Romance Fiction

By Janie | February 16, 2018

Christian romance fiction feels “safe,” but it’s not always without pitfalls . . . and it’s not always Christian, either. I remember when Jeanette Oke …

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The 2018 ALAYMA Results: Redeemed Reader Reacts

By Betsy | February 12, 2018

Hot off the press! The Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scot King Awards and more were announced this morning. We’ve made our predictions, and now Betsy offers …

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Prognosticating the 2018 Newberys

By Betsy | February 12, 2018

We’re posting our best guesses for the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards just a half hour before the awards ceremony begins. And then I (Betsy) …

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Newbery Buzz #4: One Last Word and I’m Just No Good at Rhyming

By Betsy | February 2, 2018

Betsy, Megan, and Janie continue our Newbery Buzz discussions with One Last Word and I’m Just No Good At Rhyming, poetry books that are quite different from …

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2018 Reading Challenge Check-In: January

By Betsy | January 31, 2018

Reading Challenge Check-In: January Well, readers, we’re a month into year 2018. A month!?! It seems like a good time to take the pulse of …

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Welcome to Lizard Motel by Barbara Feinberg

By Janie | January 20, 2018

Barbara Feinberg’s memoir offers a fresh look at realistic children’s fiction and how much literary suffering children should bear. Welcome to Lizard Motel: Children, Stories, …

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