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Sixties Trilogy #01: Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Sixties Trilogy #01: Countdown

Spicyreads, February 23, 2010

Ground breaking book that will forever change the way we think of historical fiction!
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The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis
The Dreamer

Spicyreads, February 22, 2010

This one is sure to win awards in January 2011! This is Ryan's best book to date (and she has many excellent titles). The Dreamer is part biography (Pablo Neruda), part poetry, part magical realism, and part fictionalized biography. Don't overlook the fact that the structure mimics Neruda's own poetry. Don't overlook the fact that the epigrammatic poems that foreshadow the action in each chapter also fit together to form one beautiful poem that can summarize the entire book. While the font size is bigger than high school students may think of as appropriate, the content in this book is challenging even for high school students. This book should be equally at home in middle schools and elementary schools. Buy this one! You will not be sorry.
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