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Nonfiction Monday Review: DOABLE by Deborah Reber

In this well-organized, easy-to-digest nonfiction book for teen girls, Reber employs her training as a life coach as well as her extensive work with teen girls to lay out an eight-step plan for readers to achieve whatever it is they want to tackle in life. The steps include defining the goal, defending against obstacles, developing support systems, determining what success looks like, doing the work, dealing with setbacks, and delivering the goods. Each step has numerous examples, pullouts, journal exercises, and more, and every chapter Continue reading →

Interview with Mary Cronk Farrell, author of PURE GRIT

I have a confession to make. Normally I read every book before I post about it here, but–just this once–I was going to cheat. As much as I’ve been dying to read PURE GRIT by Mary Cronk Farrell, my to-do list is huge right now: writing new books (I’m currently working on EIGHT separate manuscripts and/or proposals!), promoting BE A CHANGEMAKER, volunteer projects (SCBWI Western Washington conference anyone? There are still a few spaces!), critiques (three full-length novels await!), family, pets, home… and let’s not Continue reading → Continue reading →

Interview with author Cynthia Levinson

A few weeks ago I posted this review of Cynthia Levinson‘s amazing middle-grade nonfiction book, WE’VE GOT A JOB. Now, I’m thrilled to welcome Cynthia herself  here to talk about it! LT: Hi Cynthia! One of the first things I noticed about WE’VE GOT A JOB was how thoroughly researched it is. What was the hardest part of the research and/or writing for you?  CL: The hardest part, one which historians and researchers on many matters face, was figuring out what to do about contradictory information. Continue reading →

Review: Only the Mountains Do Not Move

Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation by Jan Reynolds Lee & Low Books, September 01, 2011 40 pages Grades 3-4 I’ve always been fascinated by the Maasai, so I was pleased to see this book about their culture written for children, and this book didn’t disappoint. Straightforward text is combined with Maasai proverbs and beautiful photography to give us a detailed glimpse at modern-day Maasai life. This is a balanced representation: Reynolds isn’t afraid to show the less pleasant (biting Continue reading →

Nonfiction Monday book review: Spiky, Slimy, Smooth

I must admit, when my own daughter entered kindergarten and started the unit on texture, I was surprised. Yes, textures are all around us, but what’s to study? These kids are already experts. After all, they’ve been feeling textures since before they were born (often with their mouths)! I soon realized that’s exactly the point, though. They are all around us, but do we have the words to describe them? Have we really ever thought about how things feel, or why? This isn’t important only for its Continue reading →