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Lisa Yee: Queen of quirky humor

Lisa Yee’s debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. With over 1.5 million books in print, her other novels for young people include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe and a series about a fourth grader, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) and Bobby the Brave (Sometimes). [...]

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Gary Paulsen: 175 books and still going strong

Gary Paulsen is one of America’s most popular writers for young people. After running away from home at the age of fourteen and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver and sailor; and [...]

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School Success for Children with Special Needs

By Amy James John Wiley & Sons Inc How can you determine if you child has a learning disability? Sixteen pages of checklists by age in this book will help. What resources exist if you do suspect he or she has difficulties that need to be addressed? The author has many answers, and it’s encouraging [...]

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The Reading Zone

By Nancie Atwell Scholastic Imagine a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school that exists solely to demonstrate how to get kids to read. Imagine that both teachers and parents can peek into this school, if only through the pages of a book. Yes, such a school actually exists – The Center of Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, Maine. It’s [...]

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Unlock Your Education Potential

By Dr. Brian R. Haig and Jeffrey D. Haig THF Publishing Schools like to call themselves the path to success, but without an “insiders’ map” and helping hand, who can really navigate their dark, twisty corridors efficiently? Here’s a book aimed at high schoolers or newly minted college students who crave a secret mentor to [...]

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Reading & Writing & Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Literacy

By Cathy Fleischer NCTE Here’s a book that actually delivers what it promises in its title. Kudos for the fact it’s easy to read and has a wealth of sidebars and suggested resources. And major points for connecting the importance of reading and writing. “Literate people are those who can both read and write.” 

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A Family Of Readers

By Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano Candlewick Press When it comes to children’s books, we adults too often completely forget what drew us into reading in the first place. Sutton’s book reminds us: “Don’t think of books for young people as tools; try instead to treat them as invitations into the reading life.”

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Childhood Under Siege

By Joel Bakan Penguin Group Canada Do you find it difficult to separate your child from television, the internet, electronic games or social media? Do you try your best to pass your values onto your children, but feel ever more helpless against the powerful influence of advertising and media? Do you have a child diagnosed [...]

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War vet and adult writer Scott Ely turns his talent to a first (dark) novel for teens

Scott Ely received his MFA from the University of Arkansas and now teaches writing at Winthrop University in South Carolina. He has published five novels and four collections of short stories. The Elephant Mountains (Orca Books) is his first novel for young adult readers. He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with his wife, the [...]

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Stacy Ratner: founder of the Chicago literacy venture Open Books

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates a bookstore, provides community programs and mobilizes volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond. Founder Stacy Ratner has degrees in law and literature and experience in taking three startup companies from idea through to a combined total of $30 million in committed venture funding. Since [...]

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