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Rap Used to Have a Conscience

November 9, 2018

When Rap Music Had a Conscience: The Artists, Organizations and Historic Events That Inspired and Influenced the “Golden Age” of Hip-Hop from 1987 to 1996 by Tayannah Lee McQuillar. Brother J of X-Clan writes the forward to this book [Keep Reading]

What is the Opposite of Spoiled?

November 2, 2018

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber I’ve never been good with money. But I have also never been spoiled. As a teacher, I am interested in teaching kids about money. Maybe if I [Keep Reading]

Unanswered Questions and Curiosity

October 30, 2018

One day, a little girl looked up towards the night sky and asked, “How did all those stars get up there?” Her dad replied, “We don’t really know.” She thought for a moment and then asked, “How did I get [Keep Reading]

Surprise, Forever is a Long Time!

October 24, 2018

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella How long is forever? It is an interesting question that preoccupies the minds of Sylvie and Dan. They have been together for ten years and things are good. They have a nice home, jobs they enjoy, twin daughters, and [Keep Reading]

Black Panther Was a Middle School Kid Once Too

October 3, 2018

Black Panther – The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith I really enjoyed the Black Panther movie. I was familiar with the character before the film, but I had really not paid him much attention. I read a graphic novel here and there, but they [Keep Reading]

Hana’s Story NEEDED to be Told

September 13, 2018

Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine An educator in a small museum in Japan asked for some artifacts for an exhibit she was preparing on the Holocaust. One of the items she received was an empty suitcase with a girl’s name painted on the [Keep Reading]

Escape From the Library

August 29, 2018

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein I have to admit that I don’t like the genre of mystery. It’s not appealing to me to see someone solve a murder. Detective fiction seems too formulaic and improbable for me to truly [Keep Reading]

Justice League Stand-Alones

August 22, 2018

Aquaman – Vol. 1: The Drowning This is the start of a new era for Aquaman. He wants to work closely with the people of Earth and hopes that a new embassy will help him achieve peace between the land and the sea. Of course, there are those on [Keep Reading]

The Third Doctor Returns

July 30, 2018

Doctor Who – Heralds of Destruction The Third Doctor is no longer exiled on Earth. The TARDIS works and he is ready to go on an adventure, but before he can, a strange spaceship crashes and begins what looks to be a full-scale invasion. [Keep Reading]

Life Goals of a Twelve-Year-Old

June 29, 2018

The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman Did you ever make a list of life goals when you were young? Have you ever revisited it? That, in essence, is the plot of this novel by Lori Nelson Spielman. It revolves around a thirty-something woman who wrote [Keep Reading]
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