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I’ve enjoyed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and film adaptations. Did the author J.R.R. Tolkien write any stories taking place before these books?

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who was born January 3, 1892, wrote a variety of stories before his death in 1973.  These include a set of stories predating The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and published posthumously as The … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

The 2014 Newbery Award has been announced!  The committee chose Flora and Ulysses: an illuminated adventure by Kate DiCamillo, a delightfully silly story with lots of cartoon illustrations that will keep young children giggling ‘til the very last page.   If … Continue reading

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Book List: Newbery 2014 Predictions

Update – And the Winner of the John Newbery Medal for “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature” is: “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell Honor books “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black … Continue reading

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Great Non-Fiction From Our Own Backyard: Karen Blumenthal

It’s a well-kept secret: if you want to learn the basics about a given issue/person/historical event, the best places to look are your library’s children’s and young adult departments. That’s right. There you’ll undoubtedly find concise, high-quality, visually-informative works offering … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

One of the perennial questions about a writer’s work surrounds the problem of theme and story. We all know writers who appear to come to each new work with a striking sense of discovery, the narrative seemingly completely new, original … Continue reading

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