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    Books & Cats: A Unique Bookstore
    September 23, 2022 by
    Have you ever visited a bookstore where you can buy books and adopt a cat? Cupboard Maker Books in Enola, PA, is a unique indie bookstore where you can do both. It’s a cat lover’s and a book lover’s dream. In addition to three resident cats, the store always has several adorable cats and kittens looking for Furever homes. First, let’s meet the resident cats with their unique personalities: My favorite is Annika. I’d never seen a grumpy-looking cat before, but Annika looks annoyed when you meet her. Maybe she didn’t like posing as a...
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    Banned Books Week 2022
      Banned Books Week 2022 Banned Books Week 2022 (September 18-24) hosts its first event today with a conversation on youth activism, led by Banned Books Week Honorary Chair Cameron Samuels. The Kids Are Alright will talk about ways young people can fight censorship. Organizers have planned additional, free speaker events through September 24, including a discussion on Wednesday with YA and MG authors Angie Thomas and Jerry Craft. They will all be available live on Facebook–just join the Banned Books Week Facebook page to view the event. In addition to these Facebook events, a slew of libraries, bookstores, universities,...
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  • Author Spotlight: Natalie C. Parker + a GIVEAWAY!
    Author Spotlight: Natalie C. Parker + a GIVEAWAY!
    September 16, 2022 by
    In today’s Author Spotlight, Natalie C. Parker, author of the acclaimed young adult Seafire trilogy among other YA titles, chats with me about her MG debut, The Devouring Wolf. Hailed by Kirkus as “An easily devoured, chilling, and suspenseful adventure,” the fantasy novel is out now from Razorbill. Plus, scroll down...
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For Teachers / Homeschoolers

  • Hop Down the Rabbit Hole
    Hop Down the Rabbit Hole
    September 21, 2022 by
    Writing is tough. Writing is tough. At any level. From learning to put one word after another (and in order!) to construct one meaningful sentence to the classic high school essay to writing award-winning books, it isn’t easy. It’s a rewarding kind of tough, though. Challenging but rewarding as most...
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New Releases

  • New Releases: September 2022
    New Releases: September 2022
    September 1, 2022 by
    It’s back to school season . . . and back to the school library too! Which books will be filling those shelves? Maybe some of these great new middle grade releases. Here are a few to check out, releasing this month. Happy back-to-school reading! How to Find What You’re Not...
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For Writers

  • Hop Down the Rabbit Hole
    Hop Down the Rabbit Hole
    September 21, 2022 by
    Writing is tough. Writing is tough. At any level. From learning to put one word after another (and in order!) to construct one meaningful sentence to the classic high school essay to writing award-winning books, it isn’t easy. It’s a rewarding kind of tough, though. Challenging but rewarding as most...
    Read more

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