Insta Review: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Be still, my heart. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces had everything a young adult novel should have – love, tragedy, humor, and a nice dose of humility. Gabi is as strong and realistic a heronie as you’ll ever see, […]

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Insta Review: Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Another novel from the author of When You Reach Me and Hello Stranger. Liar & Spy was, honestly, forgettable. I finished this book two months ago and have been putting off writing the review because I didn’t know what […]

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Insta Review: Wolf Hollow, by Lauren Wolk

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Beautiful cover hiding a dark and captivating story. Annabelle is just wishing her life in Wolf Hollow was more exciting when a new girl named Betsy moves from the city to stay with her grandparents. Betsy is a bully […]

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Books on Bikes FAQ

In honor of our first neighborhood visit of the summer season, I thought I’d answer some questions that I am frequently asked about Books on Bikes. If you’ve been wondering about this awesome organization, how you can get involved, and what we do in Charlottesville, then read on!

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Insta Review: Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! MAGIC 🎪🎉 Micah has been raised by Grandpa Ephriam, revelling in his stories of the magical circus that he visited when he was a young boy. Now that Grandpa Ephriam is on his deathbed, he reveals that he is […]

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#stabsummerreading

If you’re sharing your reading on social media, use #stabsummerreading so our awesome reading community can stay connected through the summer months. Follow #stabsummerreading to see what your friends, teachers, and other STAB students are reading! Here it is, my middle school friends – the moment you have been waiting for. Are you already bored with […]

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Digital Literacy and Fake News with Library 2.0

I’m excited to have collaborated with Kim Wilkens to present Foiling Fake News wth Fourth Graders at the Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference. The theme for the conference was Digital Literacy and Fake News, so our three-week unit with St. Anne’s-Belfield School fourth graders busting fake news online was be a perfect fit. We spoke with […]

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Insta Review: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! I jumped at this novel by Meg Medina, remembering how much I loved her more recent book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. But The Girl Who Silenced the Wind is another animal entirely. Not quite fantasy, not […]

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Coming Soon: 2017 Books on Bikes Bike Parade

You’ve heard me talk a lot on this blog about Books on Bikes (no really… a lot). It combines my very favorite things: books, exercise, popsicles, and the Charlottesville community. Biking with the Books on Bikes team is the best part of my summer every year, and I’m so excited to be introducing this amazing project to […]

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Quest: Can We Help a Community Organization?

Last semester, I was lucky enough to work with a talented and driven group of young women on a Quest called So You Want to Learn Guitar? When it came time to start preparing for my next Quest, I had no idea how I would top such a fun, challenging, and rewarding semester. Offer another […]

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