What’s In My Ear: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and OMG Will Wheaton!

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Why haven’t you read Ready Player One yet?? Seriously? What. ARE. You. Waiting. For? If you’re a reader, this book is for you! If you’re a teenager this book is for you! If you’re a parent and you’re over 40 (ahem) this book is for you! If you’re a gamer, a geek, a nerd, a dork, African American, Japanese, a hacker, a teacher, a dreamer, a Trekkie, a vintage lover, a Star Wars fan, or anyone who loves a good {Read More}

Tea Parties in January @Townebookcenter Superheros!

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Winter is here and I’m never too far from a book, a hot cup of coffee, or a cup of tea! on the weekends, I’m still busy busy busy hosting tea parties for my young bookish friends. One fun day we hosted a birthday party for a super fantastic little guy we met the Grinch Tea Party in November. This lil guy was turning 5 and wanted to be Darth Vader. So we whipped up our magic and everyone came as {Read More}

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015 is Here!!

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Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly! The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and {Read More}

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth a ListenUp Audio Review #DiversityReadingChallenge

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It’s no secret by now that I LOVE Audible.com! They’ve made the past 6 months of my life immensely more readable. I’ve been able to double the number of books I’m reading because I get to listen to books in the car while I’m driving. It’s GREAT!  Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth I love this book and it’s a shame that more books with kids of color on the cover don’t get the exposure they DESERVE. This title is {Read More}

LuLu and the Very Big Meanies A Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book! #ReadYourWorld

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I’m preparing for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!   Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27th. Lots of great titles about diverse characters. If you’re in need of titles, pop on over there and check it out. Today I’m thrilled to share with you a great title: LuLu and the Very Big Meanies Here’s the official blurb about it: Lulu and the Very Big Meanies is the first book in the new series, Lulubug’s Week in the Life: Meet Laila, AKA {Read More}

I am in LOVE with Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, a Lee & Low book

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Little Juna lives in a multicultural diverse world. She eats kimchi, she plays with little Hector and speaks a little Spanish to Hector’s abuelita. But when she gets a jar, oh the magical fun she has with it! This 33 page GEM is delightful. You’d never believe how much fun you can have with such an ordinary object. This book is sure to become your favorite too. Now to find a kimchi jar!

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service #MLKDay2015

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What are you doing today for Martin Luther King Day of Service? Read a book Help a friend Help a Stranger Be a Global Citizen Change the World

What’s on My Radar: The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds   Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this wry, gritty novel from the author of When I Was the Greatest. Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although {Read More}

The Cellist of Sarajevo Towne Book Center Book Club January Pick

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Wow. I REALLY liked The Cellist of Sarajevo. Not that I didn’t expect to, but WOW. Because I’m submerged in fantasy reading most every day, when I stumble into the real world of reality fiction I almost don’t know how to behave. That’s kind of how I felt reading The Cellist of Sarajevo. I mean for many young adults, they will not even know that there WAS a war in Sarajevo, right? So, when you read about wars and bombing {Read More}

STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

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WOW. woweee. There is a reason Brandon Sanderson (whom I’ve met. tee hee!) is the MASTER OF HIS UNIVERSE. SteelHeart BLEW. ME. AWAY. TOTALLY. He builds a world. Brings in some characters. Makes you FEEL for the characters. and then BAM. non stop action. There’s so much to say I don’t know where to begin. Not much in the way of multicultural diversity, though there is a African French Canadian character and surprisingly, a character of Southeast Asian/Indian descent. Additionally, I listened {Read More}