Bizzy Mizz Lizzie

Bibliography: Shannon, David. Bizzy Mizz Lizzie. 2017. New York. The Blue Sky Press. ISBN-13: 9780545619431 Plot: Bizzy Mizz Lizzie is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by bestselling author David Shannon. The story follows Mizz Lizzie, the “busiest, buzziest bee” in Bee School. She works hard on her studies and overextends herself with dance, acting, art, music, sports, and the Honey Scouts. Mizz Lizzie’s … Continue reading Bizzy Mizz Lizzie

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Book Review: Swan

Bibliography: Snyder, Laurel.  Swan, the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova.  2015.  San Francisco.  Chronicle Books. ISBN-13: 978-1452118901 Plot: Laurel Snyder presents the biography of Anna Pavlova, the Russian prima ballerina, using spare text that almost feels like poetry. The careful selection of words used to evoke the feelings of Anna as a young child, working in a laundry-visiting her first ballet-falling in love with dance-spending … Continue reading Book Review: Swan

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The Goblin Emperor: A Book Review

Bibliography: Addison, Katherine. The Goblin Emperor. 2014. New York. Tor. ISBN 9780765326997. Plot: Maia, half-goblin fourth son of the elf emperor, was exiled along with his mother as a young child.  Isolated from the emperor’s court and almost completely ignorant of its ways, purposefully ignored by his father, and raised by an emotionally and physically abusive relative, Maia is the last person anyone expects to … Continue reading The Goblin Emperor: A Book Review

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Book Review: Coming of Age

Skin Deep Bibliography: Crane, E.M. Skin Deep. 2008. New York. Delacorte Press. ISBN: 978-0-385-73479-0 Plot: High School student, Andrea Anderson, is moving through her days as a spectator of life.  She has no hobbies, friends, or special interests.  An only child of a divorced hospital worker, she spends most of her time thinking about how scripted her life is and feeling a lack of control.  … Continue reading Book Review: Coming of Age

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Book Reviews: YA Fiction

Speak Bibliography: Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. 1999. New York. Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN 9780374371524. Plot: Melinda Sordino enters the halls of Merryweather High School on the first day of 9th grade, and is herded into the auditorium. Looking around her, she identifies the usual cliques and knows that she will not fit into any of them. She has a secret. A secret that will keep … Continue reading Book Reviews: YA Fiction

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Book Reviews: Historical Fiction

Penny from Heaven Bibliography: Holm, Jennifer L. Penny From Heaven. 2006. New York. Random House. ISBN 037583687X  Plot: In 1953, 11-year-old Penny Falucci looks forward to her summer.  She loves butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and is a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan.  Penny lives with her WASP mother and maternal grandparents, but splits her time with her late father’s family.  The father’s Italian family has … Continue reading Book Reviews: Historical Fiction

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