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10 to Try Mystery Challenge: Short Stories

Four cover images of short story collections on audiobook

Listening to short stories on audiobook made my commute this month a lot more interesting. Usually when I listen to an audiobook in the car, there's always a moment where I lose interest in the story and the narrator's voice washes over me. But with short story collections, I enjoyed the variety of plots that […]

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Meet Your Heroes: Dori Hillestad Butler

Mystery writer Dori Hillestad Butler wears a Sherlock Holmes costume and holds a magnifying glass over a shelf of her 52+ books while as characters from her two series, one a golden lab, the other a ghost boy hover to either side of the author.

I remember when I was a little girl, and was taken to meet Marguerite Henry. I was both a bookworm and thoroughly horse-crazy, so this was a pretty big deal. The picture I built up in my head was of Wild Horse Annie--and not even the real Velma Johnston, but the illustrated character Wesley Dennis drew […]

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What to Read & Watch After “Girls”

"Girls" Title font

Last Sunday, HBO aired the final episode of its groundbreaking, infuriating, challenging, enraging, amazing series Girls. Whether you loved it or hated it, the deeply provocative show, with its brazenly narcissistic characters, unconventional storytelling, and candid sex scenes, was impossible to ignore. While I certainly understand the critics' grievances and have struggled with elements of the show myself, I […]

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Your Vote Counts!

Here's one election in which all the nominees are pretty awesome. Nominated by teens, teachers, and librarians, pared down to ten representative titles by the Evergreen Award Committee, and sent back to teen readers across Washington State: The Evergreen Teen Book Award. The Making of A Navy SEALBibWidget Six of CrowsBibWidget Whether you want to […]

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What Book Did Teens Vote “The Best”?

Fists in the air in solidarity

The 2017 winner of the Evergreen Teen Book Award was announced recently and I could not be happier! The winner this year is: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. The CrossoverBibWidget If you're not familiar with the Evergreen Teen Book Award, it is an annual award that "was created to give teens in the state of […]

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