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Root, Root, Root for Baseball and Ice Cream

The warm weather and the fact that I have been privy to two of my nephew’s baseball game schedules have me thinking of two things: ice cream and baseball. To me, the two have always gone hand and hand. Back in my pre-teen years, we had tickets to the Glens Fall Tigers games. This was a minor league, but I saw this guy great centerfielder named Jeff Smoltz (I’ve heard that he went on to have a decent run as a pitcher). And I can remember those Reeses Pieces ice cream cups. The smooth cold ice cream melting in my mouth…..on my hands….down my arm…..the creamy, mouth watering peanut butter and the hard candy shell as it crunched under my teeth…And I think there was this thing called a baseball game going on as well……at least the crash and tinkle of broken glass from the parking lot as another ball hit the van parked deliberately too close to the ballpark seemed to imply.

But I know one way to learn about baseball. A book. But I never did understand the rules of the game, so I have always found novels that can intertwine a great story with the facts of the game. One such home run book is the first in the Ball Park Mystery series called Fenway Foul-Up by David Kelly. (READ MORE)

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By David A. Kelly, Mark Meyers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375867033
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 22nd, 2011

Oldies but goodies...

For around 13 years now, I have been selling children’s books. The last two years have been in a little less traditional manner, but the books stayed the same. Especially those favorites I had as a child. When I’m browsing for something new every so often an old favorite (we will not say how old) appears. Magically, the memories come flooding back: sitting next to my parents having them read to me; me reading to them; hearing the voices I created for the characters in the Get-A-Long-Gang books I used to read to my sister. The memories of a good book never leave you and when you get a chance to reread them the ability for new memories is just as fun.

A few oldies I recently found again were Miss Suzy by Miriam Young and Mama Don’t Allow by Thatcher Hurd. (READ MORE)

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By Miriam Young, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781930900288
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Purple House Press - July 1st, 2004

The Running Dream

Finally we are seeing the roads and sidewalks of our lovely town. While most of us thought we’d never see anything but snow and ice again, others were using the most delightful Vermont winter to grab a cup of hot chocolate and a pile of books. It was during one of these couch-a-thons I picked up the latest gem by Wendelin Van Draanen called Running Dream.

I was never a runner. But I do enjoy a brisk walk to the Northshire Bookstore to pick up a book (or two or ten). Be it by Van Draanen or another of the fantastic authors we carry. But in Running Dream, our heroine, Jessica, does not just run she is a runner. However, when a car accident (that kills one of her friends and fellow team members) causes her to lose one of her legs, Jessica thinks her life is over. The emotional course that Jessica takes (from waking up in the hospital to a very special race) is filled with as many turns as the school track she used to run.  With help from her family, old and new friends and a little belief in herself, Jessica’s journey to recovery will have the readers cheering her on. Van Draanen creates a realistic, accessible and humorous story about what people who are “different” can face and accomplish. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780375866289
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Published: Ember - January 10th, 2012

Once Upon a Twist

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read. She grew up into a big girl who loved to read. The end.

Actually, this is just the beginning. Because of this love for reading I have found many books that fall into the magical realm of fairy tales—with a twist. While impossible to name all of them, two that made me twist and shout are Cloaked by Alex Flinn and Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. Both take a familiar tale or tales and give them a new spin. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780060874247
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Published: Harper Teen - February 14th, 2012

April is for Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. And there is nothing like reading poems to our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or students.  From the time I was old enough to write on the bedroom door, words have always fascinated me.  When I learned that there was a world of words called Poetry, I knew that poems were the way to go.  But perhaps what grabs my attention even more than a collection of poems, are a collection of poems that tell a story.

One such collection is There’s No Place like School: Classroom Poems selected by Jack Prelutsky and illustrations by Jane Manning. These poems are done by different poets to tell the story of the school experience. There are many different takes on the same theme: the good (Lunchroom Magic by Charles Ghigna), the bad (It's Today? by Sara Holbrook) and the naughty (The Drinking Fountain by Kenn Nesbitt). Each will have your students, children and grandchildren laughing out loud, sympathizing with the students as tests, naughty water fountains and more are perfectly described. These poets, along with Manning's illustrations, have nailed the world of school flawlessly. Adults will remember their own school days with fond memories and teachers will have their own Why the Frog in Our Class Is Purple moments to be reminded of. (READ MORE)

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By Jack Prelutsky, Jane Manning (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060823382
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 22nd, 2010

Heroes….Starring You

About two weeks ago, I picked up the book Hothouse by a long-time favorite author, Chris Lynch. Thinking it would be another novel to enjoy; I snuggled down in my favorite reading corner and started to dig in.  What started as a “Reading Time” (a time that is always a preferred part of the day….only second to “Chocolate Time”) turned into a thoughtful trip on the meaning of heroes.

Two firefighters, their sons and the community that wanted to claim them as “theirs” is the premise. The result is what happens after.  Before his last year of high school, Russ’ father and another firefighter) are killed in a routine house fire.  This brings Russ to start questioning and remembering many different things: his relationship with his former best friend, DJ (son of the other firefighter and next door neighbor); his place in the Young Fire Fighter Group, and which memories, ideas and feelings he has about his father were real and which were the hopes and wishes of a devoted son. As Russ thinks he has a hold on this, new facts come to light that could tarnish the reputation of the community’s heroes. Just as quickly as they were built up, the town tears them apart. Lynch creates a five-alarm world where you start to understand that heroes can be human, too. (Ages 12 up.)

This led to the novel, Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780061673795
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Published: Harper Teen - August 24th, 2010


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