Words are Actions

16 year old Starr Carter lives in two separate worlds. Her private school where she and her brothers are the only black kids (which makes her ‘cool by default’ as she states), and the neighborhood she lives in, which would be seen by most as ‘the hood’. Feeling out of place in both, her worlds […]

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Eckstrom-Columbus Library Memories

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Eckstrom-Columbus Library celebrated 40 years. The Library's Writer-in-Residence Marge Pellegrino led a journal-making, memory-writing workshop and guided participants through a group poem. This is the poem they wrote. Memories of Eckstrom-Columbus Library I remember my dad’s face lighting up as he came to Columbus to pick up reserves. I […]

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I Lived on Butterfly Hill

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín is a touching middle school novel (translation from Spanish), set in Valparaíso Chile during the 1970’s. Eleven-year-old Celeste Marconi, a budding writer grows up midst a fictional military coup, similar to the real one by General Pinochet. The political coup upsets Celeste’s world. First her friend Lucila disappears, then her […]

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Hooked by Cannibalism

It only took reading the synopsis for me to be hooked. Cannibalism. Protagonist cannibals. People who murder other people and eat their flesh. Sounds riveting, right!? Bite by K.S. Merbeth is a book about a post-apocalyptic world, a place in which some choose to turn to the unthinkable in order to survive. Told from the point of […]

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