Author Archive | Rachel

Free Thaddeus by John Gosselink

by Rachel Seigel — In the spirit of Middle Grade Monday, today’s recommendation is a middle-grade read aimed squarely at reluctant boy readers between ages 9 and 13. Meet Thaddeus Ledbetter. He’s a too-smart-for-his-own-good seventh-grader who through no fault of his own (or so he claims) has ended up stuck in in-school suspension for the remainder of the school year. You see, Thaddeus has all the answers, and he’ll happily tell you how to do […]

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Reissues & Reboots

by Rachel Seigel — Have you ever seen a book on a shelf in the book store and had a strange sense of deja vu? The cover doesn’t look at all familiar, and the title might not ring any bells, but as soon as you read the jacket copy it all comes back to you and you realize you’ve seen this book before. No- you’re not going crazy- you’ve fallen prey to a funny little […]

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Book Juggling

by Rachel Seigel — One of the great challenges of my job as a book selector/buyer is trying to keep up with the sheer volume of titles being released each season, and the book juggling that seems to occur at various points in the year. You would think, being responsible for choosing the kids books would leave my choices of reading material completely open, but more often than not, I find myself reading for purpose […]

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