Author Archives: SH

About SH

I'm a children's librarian in the western suburbs of Chicago. I've been involved with children's literature since working in a children's bookstore in 1990.

Detour in the Bend

The road has ended.  All new posts can be found here. (And still in its infancy.) Advertisements

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Good Dog, Aggie by Lori Ries

Ben has a dog named Aggie. Aggie needs some training.  She doesn’t listen.  Ben takes Aggie to dog training class where Aggie causes chaos of all kinds.  Ben learns that he will have to practice with Aggie is she is … Continue reading

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2010 Snow Day Reading Challenge schedule

well, Im not doing so well. 8:30 – 9:00  a little of this and that on this blog.  I tried to get a video of my backyard to show the snow progression.  Not working or I’m incompetent. 9:00 – 9:45 … Continue reading

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Never Cry Wolf by Heather Davis

Shelby Locke’s life has changed drastically in the past three years: her mom died, her father’s plastic surgery drug made him a multimillionaire, his remarriage and a move to Beverly Hills. Priscilla, the step-mom is highly critical of everything Shelby … Continue reading

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Snow Day 2010 Personal Reading Challenge

I’m not going to work today, too much snow forecasted and I don’t want to take 2 hours to get home.  Too much stress. It normally takes me one hour to get to work and one hour to get home.  … Continue reading

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So, I just found out that I wasn’t supposed to post my reviews of the books I’m reading for the Cybils. So, if you’re stopping by to read one of them, I removed them temporarily.  I’m sorry for the confusion.  … Continue reading

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How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills

Oliver Olson is nine and lives with his parents in Colorado. Because he was sick before he started school, Oliver is only a third grader.  Oliver’s class is learning about the solar system and manned space craft.  When Mrs. O’Neill assigns them a solar … Continue reading

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