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The Above World Trilogy by Jenn Reese

Horizon is the third and final adventure in the Above World series by Jenn Reese. Aluna and her friends finally face their most terrifying enemy. The Synopsis for Horizon: Aluna and Hoku, Kampii from the City of Shifting Tides, and their friends, [...]
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Billy Collins (and a 3-year old) Read “Litany”

In honor of National Poetry Month we thought we’d share a poem by Billy Collins. We selected his poem “Litany” because we thought it might appeal to teen readers who may feel that poetry is, well, dull. Billy Collins is alive [...]
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Fun with Rube Goldberg Machines

A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression [...]
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Origami Crafts for Spring

We went in search of some origami crafts with a Springtime twist and came up a few fun examples: This adorable tulip card craft is easy to make and would make a great greeting card or table place card. Find easy instructions for it right here [...]
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A Little About — Taiko Drumming

Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum (“shime”), to drums as large as a car (the “o-daiko”). The most common drum size in taiko is the “chu-daiko” [...]
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Jumping Rope for Fun and Fitness

Jumping rope (or rope jumping, if you’re macho) is an incredible exercise with the added benefits of being fun, convenient, and reasonably priced. Jumping rope will help to make you more fit and give you more energy. You’ll have [...]
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Homemade Ice Cream with Steve Spangler

We’ve seen many videos on how to make ice cream at home and most of them involve plastic bags. We liked this one from Steve Spangler because it talks a bit about the science of freezing ice cream and allows you to roll your ice cream [...]
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Good Comics for Kids and Uglydoll Comics

This post has two purposes: 1.) to introduce you to Good Comics for Kids, and 2.) to tell you a little about Uglydoll comics. If you’re a comics lover or know a comics lover, School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids will help [...]
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A Little About — Memorizing Poetry

Since it’s National Poetry Month, why not learn a poem by heart? Start with a poem that sounds fun to you and see if you can memorize it by the end of the month. A Few Tips: Recite the poem as often as you’re able to. Record yourself [...]
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Retro Cartoon — He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series that ran from 1983 to 1985, consisting of two seasons of 65 episodes each. The show, often referred to as simply He-Man, was one of the most popular animated [...]
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Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat

We turn our attention today to a highly rated non-fiction book called Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow. Budding epidemiologists read on! (Epidemiology is the science that studies the patterns, causes, [...]
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Enter The Golden Ticket Sweepstakes

To celebrate 50 years of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2014, Penguin Young Readers have partnered with Dylan’s Candy Bar and Matilda the Musical on Broadway to offer an incrEDIBLE candy-filled extravaganza of [...]
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We Have Chicks! — Pittsburg Bald Eagle Cam

After an absence of more than 150 years, the bald eagle is back and nesting in the City of Pittsburgh. This historic pair of once endangered raptors are nesting for a second year on a steep bluff above the Monongahela River in Hays near Pittsburgh’s [...]
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Knife Safety in the Kitchen

We just watched a ton of videos which attempt to show young people how to use a knife. Some chefs who will not be named (*cough*JaimeOliver*cough*) have good instruction, but have potty mouths. So eventually we came across this young lady and [...]