5 Things I Learned by Stealing and Reading the Earthsea Trilogy

A few weeks go I was at my wife’s family’s cabin and I was lurking around in a bedroom browsing my in-laws’ old bookshelf.  Hidden in the midst of a notable collection of Louis L’Amour novels, with an old framed photograph sitting on the shelf in front…

Recently Read | Because of Winn-Dixie

[![Detail from the well-worn copy I read, pulled from the juvenile shelf at the West Jordan Public Library.](http://kidlit.froztfreez.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IMG_0152-1024x1024.jpg)](http://kidlit.froztfreez.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/IMG_0152.jpg)Detail from the well-worn copy I read, pulled from the…

Recently Read | The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing | Written by Sheila Turnage I posted my review for our school district library site here: http://www.granitemedia.org/2014/02/the-ghosts-of-tupelo-landing/ I don’t really feel like I have anything particularly clever to say about this book, but the book itself was particularly clever.…

Recently Read | The Quantum League: Spell Robbers

The Quantum League: Spell Robbers | Written by Matthew J. Kirby I posted my obligatory review over at granitemedia.org.  I gave it 4/5 stars, which is maybe a little generous, but I feel it has young reader appeal and it is a necessary addition to all of our libraries.…

If I Were Giving Out the 2014 Newbery Medal

I would probably give it to Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli. And I would definitely give Newbery Honors to *Doll Bones* by Holly Black and *The Lost Kingdom* by Matthew J. Kirby, and maybe give one to *The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp* by Kathy Appelt as well.…

Hokey Pokey

I’m reading Hokey Pokey again. Hokey Pokey is my best hope and prediction for the 2014 Newbery Medal. Reading Hokey Pokey  the first time thrilled me from beginning to end.  It made me excited to be a reader.  It made me excited to want to try to write bravely…