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Rachel Kaiser
I'm following my curiosities.
I'm following my curiosities.


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Finding Their Way Home: A Review of Refugee by Alan Gratz
Refugee by Alan Gratz My rating: 4 of 5 stars Told in three separate yet connected stories, Refugee is a historical novel of perseverance and commitment to one’s identity in the face of persecution. It will resonate with middle grade readers of today. Josef...

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It's honeymoon time! I'm excited to get back to my blogging roots and discuss travel destinations and reviews...after I get back (and after I finish my finals!). :) See you in two weeks!

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J: I love you tons and bunches. R: A ton of bricks and bunches of bananas? J: Yes, bricks and bananas. Today is the day I marry my love & I couldn't be more excited. Or more prone to breaking out in happy tears.

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What's Past is Present: Nine Historical Fiction Books for Kids & Adults
My Heart is on the Ground: the Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl, Carlisle Indian School, Pennsylvania, 1880 by Ann Rinaldi My rating: 2 of 5 stars I struggled with My Heart Is on the Ground , especially after reading the article about its inconsist...

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A River of Words
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jennifer Fisher Bryant My rating: 4 of 5 stars When we think of doctors, we usually don’t think of poetry, and vice versa: poetry doesn’t typically conjure up images of doctors. We also don’t associa...

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Verse: 10 Children's Poetry Collections
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Mirror Mirror was a fast favorite for me, combining fairy tale retellings with reversible verse. Not all of the poems work 100% in this format, but when they do, they really do...

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Two Not-Too-Scary Stories
My review of  I Want to Be in a Scary Story and The Too-Scary Story is up on Butler's Pantry! We're Not Afraid! Two Not-Too-Scary Stories

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Five Collections of Traditional Tales
Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembicki My rating: 3 of 5 stars At the end of Trickster , Dembicki’s note explains the why of this collection - to fill a void and create something completely new. Trickster tales as comics are...

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Questioning Library Neutrality
Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian by Alison Lewis My rating: 3 of 5 stars Are librarians neutral? Should they be? Some essays in this collection were more useful/educational/entertaining than others. I wouldn't call it a cove...

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street
New review is up over at Butler's Pantry! Check a look.
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