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Archive for the 'Girl Power' Category

Mon, February 24th, 2014
Babe Conquers the World by Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Babe was one of the greatest athletes this world has ever seen.  If you automatically think I mean Babe Ruth, you wouldn’t be alone but I mean another Babe – Babe Didrikson Zaharias.  Sadly many people know very little about this truly astonishing athlete.  I hope that this new book, Babe Conquers the World:  […]


Sun, January 19th, 2014
45 Pounds (more or less) by K. A. Barson
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Raise your hand if you are dieting, have been on a diet, have fallen off a diet, or know an adult who struggles with weight issues? Yeah, I thought so. If we, with the wisdom of our years of experience, struggle with weight loss, weight gain, and body issues, imagine how tough it is […]


Wed, June 26th, 2013
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Rachel’s father has never called her by her real name, he calls her “Ratchet” after his favorite car repair tool saying her help is invaluable to him. Ratchet is home schooled, and because her mother is dead, she lives alone with her father who ekes out a living repairing cars out of their garage. […]


Wed, February 13th, 2013
The Seven Tales of Trinket by Shelley Moore Thomas
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Trinket has never “loved anything so much as a story.” Of course, that does not include her mother, who she loved dearly. But as the story opens, her mother is taking her last breaths and by page 11 Trinket is an orphan and I was fighting back tears. The Seven Tales of Trinket (Farrar 2012) […]


Wed, July 11th, 2012
Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey by Mini Grey
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  You only have to say the words “Traction Man” and the focus group and I are giggling helplessly.  The boys are much too big these days, they tell me, for picture books but I noticed a mad scramble for this new one just the same.  The first two books in the series were terrific […]


Mon, July 9th, 2012
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Pandas are so familiar to us today that it is hard to realize that in 1934 hardly anyone in the West had ever seen one.  We wait in long queues to see them in zoos, watch them on live cams and the World Wildlife Federation has adopted its image as their symbol.  The fascinating […]


Tue, May 22nd, 2012
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: When I was a fledgling librarian I had a teacher who loved to ask his students to research items that he knew I had little or nothing about in the library. One of those topics was Sylvia Earle. There were no biographies available, our one computer ran with a cassette deck, and my TOM […]


Mon, January 9th, 2012
In the Bag! by Monica Kulling
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Paper or plastic? We are all familiar with that question, but I wasn’t familiar with the female inventor who gave us the machine to make a paper grocery bag. In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up (Tundra 2011) is a delightful picture book biography of a little known inspiring woman. The book opens […]


Mon, September 26th, 2011
Basketball Belles by Sue Macy
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: I usually don’t think much about my age but while I certainly wasn’t around in 1896, the time of Basketball Belles:  How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map (Holiday 2011), I did play “Girl’s Basketball” rules in high school.  Girls were considered too delicate to do more than […]


Fri, May 27th, 2011
The Midnight Tunnel by Angie Frazier
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: Eleven-year-old Suzanna Snow has a busy schedule!  Her parents who manage the swanky Rosemount Hotel in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, are intent on training Zanna to someday run the hotel.  Zanna is busy all day doing everything from fetching the day’s catch from the docks for dinner to delivering tea and helping out in […]





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