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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Stella by Starlight

Sharon Draper is such an excellent writer.  This was our 8th grade Book Club’s last book of the year.  Stella lives in Bumblebee, North Carolina in 1939.  Her family lives in a black enclave threatened by the Klu Klux Klan.  Draper does such a good job of telling the broader story of that time and […]

Carry On, Warrior

Putin Country: A Journey Into The Real Russia

I visited the Soviet Union with my parents on a vacation (!) in 1986 so have a personal interest in knowing what it’s like today.  Former NPR reporter Anne Garrels brilliantly organizes her book into chapters on various topics, like sexuality, human rights, religion, special needs children, and so on and shares the depth and […]

The Teenage Brain

My kids are so sick of my quoting this book.