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New Horror Reads for Teens

The Crow & The Moon [Explored] by -Dave Morrow-Although it may not feel quite like it here in Houston, we have officially entered fall.  I love fall: the cooler temperatures, the increasing necessity to wear layered clothing, and the holidays and celebrations it includes – like Halloween and Thanksgiving – or really any event that gives me an excuse to eat pie and candy.  With Halloween approaching, you might consider checking out a spooky read to psych yourself up (and out) for the celebration.

New Horror Reads

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Live and Let Spy

Eye Spy by ocularinvasionGrowing up I watched my fair share of old James Bond movies and it always seemed that every Sunday, on some channel, one could not avoid a Roger Moore-era Bond film.  James Bond on film will have his 50th anniversary this year with a new installment of the series, Skyfall.  Although many of us probably know Bond best through film, 007 started his life in fiction in the novel Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.  So in celebration of Bond’s 50th anniversary on film and almost 60 years in fiction, I’ve put together a list of great reads that in some way feature spies or espionage.  What do you recom...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Joaquín Torres García - América invertida by Hablando del asuntoEach year in the United States between September 15 and October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by paying tribute to people of Hispanic heritage from the past and present who have impacted our nation and who have enriched our American culture.  Living in the Houston area, we enjoy a wonderful diversity of cultural influences and there are many different opportunities open for us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  How will you celebrate?

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Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.

dream.numbers by mark knolLiving in the 21st century, the STEM fields (or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are very important to our lives today and will continue to be so in the future.  Most of us take science and math classes in school and some of us have opportunities to pursue interests in computer science, web design, or different types of engineering either in school or outside of it.  Whether you’re already geeky about math and science – or – (like me) you’ve never thought of yourself as a science or math person, but you’re interested in testing the waters, you might check out some of these titles and web-based resources.  I’ve just listed a few titles for each category, but our

While You’re Waiting for This, Check Out One of These…

maximum ride seriesAre you a fan of James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series?  Whether you’re on the waiting list for Nevermore or you’ve read the entire series and are looking for another great read, consider checking out one of these.  What do you recommend?

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football in Grass by Jayel AheramFootball season is underway!  For many of us, football is an intrinsically social activity.  Whether we’re watching the game at home with family or friends and eating barbeque or grilling burgers – or – we’re sitting in the stands, hearing the marching band and cheering on our favorite team, surrounded by like-minded fans, football season is a special time of year.  If you’re a football fan or, like me, just enjoy great sports fiction or nonfiction, you might check out one of these.  What football picks do you recommend?

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Quick Picks: 200 Pages or Less!

Time flies by BetchaboySome of you may have already started back to school, but many are either counting down the days until the first day of school or clinging to these last few moments of summery freedom.  Either way, you might pick up one of these quick reads – every one less than 200 pages – to celebrate one last hurrah of summer!  What quick reads to you recommend? 

End of the Summer Quick Picks

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While You’re Waiting For This, Check Out One of These…

the fault in our stars bookjacketI’m a huge fan of John Green’s books and a little geeky about John Green in general.  I’m certainly not the only person who feels this way: NPR just released a list of the Best Young Adult Novels and he’s in the Top 100 five times.  If you’ve already read everything John Green has written or just happen to be waiting for a copy of

Has It Got Star Power?

Texas Star by mikecoghThe Texas Lone Star Reading List is a big deal in my part of town.  The Lone Star list is a recreational reading list for students in 6th through 8th grades, announced at the end of each year.  Although we won’t know what is officially on the list until November, we can take a look at all the nominated titles so far and make our best guess of what might garner a Star.  What books from the past year do you think have Star Power?

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While You’re Waiting for This, Check Out One of These…

mortal instruments seriesAre you a fan of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series?  Whether you’re waiting for City of Lost Souls or you’ve read the entire series and are looking for another great read, consider checking out one of these.  What do you recommend?

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