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Friday, October 10, 2014

Isn’t it strange that people actively enjoy being scared? It makes sense that we enjoy eating, playing games, and laughing with friends, but why in the world would we enjoy scaring ourselves?

Friday, October 3, 2014

It's almost time for Día de los Muertos!  Time to gather together photos and mementos of those who have passed, and celebrate them with candles, marigolds, and of course their favorite foods!  Día is...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Minecraft has taken the world by storm. Many kids are playing this online game constantly and if they aren’t, they wish they were playing it. On July 8, 2014, Minecraft’s computer version became the best-selling PC game of all time. Minecraft began as a PC game, but now there are versions for Xbox, Playstation, and iOS and Android devices. Minecraft is a sandbox game, which means that players are given a random virtual world to build things in.

Friday, September 26, 2014

One of my all-time favorite tropes in YA is when a kid gets sent away to boarding school. Maybe it’s the idea of having an adventure in a new place or maybe it’s the freedom from parents.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Oooooh! The cover of this book looks creepy.  I open it, and I see the first picture.  It makes me shiver.  I’m gonna be scared!   I know it, because there’s a monster in there.  Uh oh, here it comes…oh no!  It’s…it’s…hey, it’s a silly monster.  Whew! 


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