• Book Notes: The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

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    One thing that I harp about is the use of great sensory details. When a story is specific, it comes alive. Janet Fox does an amazing job of choosing the exactly right details in her story, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. She chooses details that create a mood and pull on your emotions. A fairy-tale ...

  • Book Notes: The War that Saved My Life

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    Narrators come in different shapes and sizes, and levels of trust. Katherine Patterson said that the everything the narrator said in Jacob Have I Loved was "tinged with green." In other words, her unreliable narrator was jealous of her sister. Nothing she said could be taken as truth, especially when talking about her sister. The ...

  • Book Notes: American Girls

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    This is a new feature where I highlight a book for some reason. It's just my opinion of a book I've been reading. American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Girls is the tale of contemporary girls and their love/hate relationship with social media. Author Nancy Jo Sales is a journalist who took a ...

  • Help Me Write a Book: 10 Books to Help you Get Started

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    It's a question I often hear: Can you help me write a book? Yes. Absolutely. Here are ten books that will help you write a novel or a picture book. Some are my books, some are other authors'. Help with Basic Writing Skills--how to write a sentence.The Art of Styling Sentences Help Understanding Basic Story Structure: The Anatomy ...

  • Desert Baths

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    Award Winner Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2013 2013 Library Media Connection, Editor's Choice Watch the vulture bask in the morning sun, the roadrunner kick up a cloud of dust, the javelina wallow, and the bobcat give her cub a licking with a rough tongue in Desert Baths. As the sun travels across the sky, learn how twelve different ...