Are You Ready Teens? It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

Charge your laptop battery, create your perfect iTunes playlist and pin up those inspirational quotes because NaNoWriMo is here! This will be my first year participating, and I'm super pumped about it. Participants of National Novel Writing Month commit to writing 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. For teens there is a special Young Writers Program and…
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I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts

With the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters recently celebrated in theaters across the country and Halloween season upon us, it seems like a perfect time to investigate the paranormal for curious kids. Scary stories are fine, but some children may want "real ghost" books and for them these nonfiction titles may satisfy that need. In A Dark, Dark…
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Epic Yarns in Teen Fiction

Back in the day knitting used to be grandmas making ugly, itchy sweaters that never fit right and that you never EVER wanted to wear in public. Now, thanks to the DIY revolution, I'm getting some of my favorite patterns from teens and there are at least two video games featuring yarn (Kirby's Epic Yarn…
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Pizza! Pizza!

Pizza is a great food any time of year, but especially during October when we celebrate National Pizza Month. Hold the Anchovies!: Find out more about what goes into making pizza whether you like anchovies on top or not. Cool Pizza to Make & Bake: This book, from one of my favorite cooking series Cool Cooking…
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Amazing Unexpected Superheroes

Beyond the DC and Marvel universes, superheroes that you might never expect exist. You'll want to leap tall buildings in a single bound and run faster than a speeding bullet to your neighborhood library for these books for preschoolers. A superhero's life isn't all fun, games and being "basically awesome." It can be stressful vanquishing villains all day, so it…
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Coming of Age in Recent Fiction

Danny Kelly has one dream: to win Olympic gold in swimming. Everything he and his family do is towards that goal. He endures the taunts of his teammates at his snobby prep school where he is a scholarship student because he knows he is the strongest, the fastest, the best. However, when Danny's dream is taken from…
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