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“Every hero has a story…” Yonder is such a beautiful story! Ali Stanish has written a beautifully layered story about friendship, what it means to be a hero, coming-of-age and realizing the world isn’t as rosy as you’d once believed. Danny Timmons has looked up to Jack Bailey as a hero for years. But in … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Yonder"
Art Spiegleman’s masterpiece, the Maus duology, is one of the most compelling and important graphic novels your teen will read. With the recent controversy surrounding it, I thought it was important to write a Lit Bite around it. I first read Maus several years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. Part memoir … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Maus I and II"
“It was a dark and stormy night…” And so begins A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, a classic children’s science fiction novel. We follow Meg and her gifted brother Charles Wallace as they travel through space and time to rescue their father from the growing darkness spreading across the universe. A Wrinkle in Time … Continue reading "Lit Bite: A Wrinkle in Time"
Ophie’s Ghosts might be the best middle-grade novel I read in 2022, so far! Beautifully written, this is a story about grief, ghosts, and racism in 1920s America. Ophie and her mother have just moved to Pittsburgh after her father’s death, and they struggle to make a life for themselves. But Ophie has a secret … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Ophie’s Ghosts"
Not to alarm any of you, but there are only 50 days until Christmas 2021! The holiday countdown(s) has begun! So that also means there are only: – 20 days until Thanksgiving – 21 days until Black Friday – 24 days until Hanukkah – 52 days until Kwanzaa – 57 days until New Year’s Eve! … Continue reading "Holiday Countdown!"
I don’t know about you, but at some point all four of my children have gone through a dinosaur phase. For one, it was a passion that lasted for many years. Over the course of these obsessions, we have collected an obscene number of books about dinosaurs and prehistory. There are so many fantastic books … Continue reading "Unit Study: Prehistory"
In the next few months, our nation will be electing a new president. Our children are not too young to learn about the in’s and out’s of our election system. This is a very exciting time and they should be a part of it! Who will be our next president? How did these two candidates … Continue reading "Unit Study: Election 2020"
It’s time to head back to Hogwarts for Harry’s fifth year in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This year Harry has a lot on his plate. The Ministry of Magic is actively working against him, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor is taking over the school, and school work as … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
It’s time to head back to Hogwarts! I’m excited to announce that the third unit in our Harry Potter unit series, based upon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I had so much fun writing this unit – it’s always a pleasure to return to Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter. Buckle up, … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"