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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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Mystery at Chilkoot Pass (Mysteries Through Time) by Barbara Steiner
Mystery at Chilkoot Pass (Mysteries Through Time)

DogFish, January 9, 2013

Nice historical novel for middle grade readers, 9+ The overall story and family situation here has become quite cliché in both young adult and middle grade books (not to mention movies aimed at kids and families): one parent dead, one parent trying to start a new life with the child; headstrong girl eager for adventure, etc. But Mystery at Chilkoot Pass makes up for such things with a vivid, richly told and well researched story that will inform without preaching or growing tedious. The Yukon Gold Rush took place only a little over a century ago and it's an awe-inspiring chapter in U.S. and Canadian history that should not be overlooked in the classroom or at home.
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Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants

DogFish, January 6, 2013

Who knew rats could be so fascinating? An amazing book that will draw you into the subject even if you never knew you needed to know about rats! The author's extensive research, especially into the lives and behavior of our intimate neighbors, the urban rats, is phenomenal. Recommended whether you're a rat enthusiast or only have a passing interest. Also a great gift for someone with pet rats.
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver

DogFish, January 5, 2013

The heartrending story of a boy's journey from complete innocence to a slow assimilation of the truth--with horrors, tragedies, and pain of a past and present he never imagined--is told by Lowry in a pitch-perfect style as smooth and delicate as a spider's web. Vivid and disturbing, The Giver is one of the most memorable and compelling middle grade novels out there.
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Dog Friday by Hilary Mckay
Dog Friday

DogFish, January 2, 2013

An imaginative, engaging middle grade novel that is way more than just a dog story. Mckay introduces readers to a world of colorful grown-up, child, and canine characters that you won't soon forget. Also a wonderful message about compassion and friendship for young readers.
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Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Ca Bartoletti
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850

DogFish, January 1, 2013

A superb outline of Ireland's Great Famine: well written, clear, concise, with wonderful illustrations. "Black Potatoes" is not just for middle grade and young adult readers, but a perfect book for anyone researching the famine, especially if you're new to the subject. Bartoletti does a superb job of conveying the horror, tragedy, and massive scope of the Potato Famine of the 1800s without taking sides or pointing fingers.

Highly recommended not only to anyone interested in learning more about this often overlooked catastrophe in recent history, but also anyone of Irish ancestry hoping for a glimpse into their great-great-grandparents' past.
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