Category Archives: Surprise Sunday

The Movement Library, supported by Moe's, Shakespeare and others.  “Radical Literature Loaned Here” October 30

Bookstores, Berkeley, and My Where by Dev Petty

A childhood in Berkeley was an extraordinary experience that is hard to explain in just a few words or even in entire books.  Berkeley is often a place that ends up as caricature- hippies running around in Birkenstocks, wearing tie-dyed Berzerkeley shirts and drinking wheatgrass juice.  While there are elements of that, it’s not its […]

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Of Hamilton and Hoof stock: Why I Wrote a Middle Grade Novel as a Play by Erica Perl

(to the tune of Alexander Hamilton, from the Broadway musical, Hamilton)   How does a hairy, homely, world’s largest rodent and a pest, who most of South America detests, Be found today – hooray! – in a novel that’s a play? And the kids want to read this way? What’s this book, man?   Capybara […]

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Cover Reveal of Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

I’ve been writing books since I was eight years old, and for most of my life, I wrote just for myself. I wrote because I had stories in my head, and I wanted to see how they’d end.  I wrote because I loved to play with words.  I scribbled my books, and bound them in […]

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Becoming Sherlock by Elizabeth Eulberg

When I was in elementary school, I devoured Encyclopedia Brown, Harriet the Spy, and Nancy Drew novels. I enjoyed going along on a case with these pint-sized detectives and trying to figure out “who done it?”   Oddly enough, I wasn’t really into Sherlock Holmes. Sure, I was familiar with the Baker Street detective and […]

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Melissa Sweet’s Some Writer: The Story of E. B. White – Review by Monica Edinger

I wasn’t much of an E. B. White fan as a young teacher. Stuart Little was reasonably amusing, but Charlotte’s Web —what a tearjerker! And so in 1990, off to study classical children’s literature at Princeton University and not wishing to spend money on a new copy, I brought along a tattered used paperback edition […]

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A MIND IN THE GUTTER by Deborah Freedman

I’m obsessed with books. Obviously. I’m in the club, after all, and isn’t an obsession with books our only membership requirement?   I do read eBooks, but like so many members of our tribe, my husband and I also have actual books in every room of our house, piles of them, as though they have […]

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THE MEMORY OF THINGS: On a Stark Anniversary, Connecting Students to their History through Story by Gae Polisner

It is eleven o’clock at night and I’m sitting on the bathroom floor pulling a nit comb through my older son’s conditioner-soaked hair. He has just started the first grade, and at six years old, has a thick mop of brown curls we somehow miraculously cut short just a few days before. I’ve been doing […]

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Breakfast with Books by Patrick Andrus

My wife and I had a 50th birthday party to attend on Sunday, July 31st.  The gathering started at 4:00 PM.  I told my wife we needed to be home by 7:00 PM.  When she asked why and I told her there was a #titletalk on launching the reading year, she looked at me like […]

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The following letter exchange occurred over email between the dates of August 15 and August 27, 2016.     Dear Rodolfo,   So, we’re premiering the book trailer for DEAR DRAGON on the Nerdy Book Club and I’m supposed to write a post to go along with it, but I’m not sure what to write. […]

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It’s a Wide World by Donalyn Miller

Tomorrow morning, our younger daughter, Sarah, starts her senior year of high school. After two decades of first days with our daughters, this marks our final first day of school as parents. Shopping for school supplies, Sarah joked that this was the last time she would need a cart full of folders. I suppose our […]