Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are […]

February 28

BOOKSHELVES by Jonathan Auxier

Book collectors are a breed apart from normal readers. Robertson Davies describes them as combining “the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.” For better or worse, I was born into a family of book collectors. And when I look back on the places I have lived in over the last thirty […]

My Reading Testimony

I love the Nerdy Book Club. I can distinctly remember when Cindy, Colby, and Donalyn were talking about it back in December. I remember there was a Thursday reveal, and I remember how excited I was about this blog, this group, and the discussions we would have! I have not been disappointed. But I have […]

Tracking Down the Vicar: My Pre-Internet Search for Every Roald Dahl Book

  Roald Dahl is the reason I’m a school librarian. As a kid, his books influenced my becoming a reader more than anything else. Between Jughead Double Digests, Far Side anthologies, and Groo comics, they were the only “real” books I read for a decent stretch of my life. After taking in a few of […]

Ten Books for Laughing Out Loud

I absolutely adore books that make me laugh.  I am not saying that I don’t read tearjerkers.  I read many of those too, but life would not be tolerable without the funny ones.  When I have had a bad day, when things are going wrong, when I need a lift, the giggly, goofy, giddy books […]

A Love Of Reading Starts Between Us

I teach at a tiny inner city school, located in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. The school is located in what some have described is the country’s poorest postal code. Looking at factors from census statistics like parents’ educational attainment and the number of families living below the poverty line, our school is described as vulnerable even […]

Anne of Green Gables – Retro Review

I recently reread Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I found it on my teenage daughter’s bookshelf hemmed in between some anime’ and classic literature from high school courses.  I’d forgotten that I’d given it to her with my best you’ve-got-to-read-this-book blessing.  I was in the mood for a precocious character and Anne […]

(Be)Holden: Everything Happens Today

“People said that writers were driven by the need to create a world over which they could exert total control, but Wes knew…that in writing you often ended up making something that was very different from what you intended to make when you started out.” (195)   I started out intending to write a review […]

Nerdy Newbery (honor)

C.S. Lewis once said, “We read to know we’re not alone.” That certainly describes one of the reasons I read as a kid. Growing up, I attended five grade schools, two junior highs and two high schools. And this was in a time when people tended to stay put. I also wore glasses and had […]


I can’t remember a time I wasn’t a member of the #nerdybookclub. I went to kindergarten already a reader. To this day I have my whole collection of Nancy Drew books and sitting on my shelf is the first book I remember receiving as a gift from my parents (although I know there were others!). […]