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The War That Saved My Life & 16 Other Difficult Topic Tween Books

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubacker Bradley.

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a middle grade fiction that reached me on on emotional level.  I love this book and it is proof to me that book geared toward children can be smart, well -written and emotional while still being completely engaging. We’ve also crafted a list of 16 other emotional middle grade reads that cover subjects like displaced children, WWII and survivor stories. These stories can be hard to read at times, but are important topics to discussion with your child.
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Best Books about School for All

,The Best Books about School for preschool to college aged kids.

Every time we look at the calendar we are shocked to see the summer is almost over (heavy sigh). Previously, we did a post that introduced going to school to your youngest child, but what about getting your older kid’s ready to head back? Some kids look forward to the start of the school year while others dread the end of summer. Getting them ready to head back can be as simple as finding a funny book or two! My personal favorites are those in the Wayside School Series. I use to laugh for hours reading them, but we have a ton of other fun books to get your kids ready for the grind! Continue reading “Best Books about School for All”

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“The Snowy Day” at Philadelphia Zoo’s New WINTER Exhibit

Snowy Day at the Philadelphia Zoo

There is not a single person I know who is surprised when I want to visit the Philadelphia Zoo. Not only is it my favorite place in the city, but it’s also my former place of employment. Maybe that makes me a little biased, but based on the sheer number of my friends that have a membership, I know I’m not alone in my love for this historic attraction. And with the Philadelphia Zoo’s new Winter exhibit, I bet YOU will be planning a visit soon too. Continue reading ““The Snowy Day” at Philadelphia Zoo’s New WINTER Exhibit”

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The Dark Side of 13 Reasons Why: Is Teen Suicide Glamorized?

Should you ban your kids from reading and watching 13 Reasons Why?

Netflix has already renewed 13 Reasons Why, a novel by Jay Asher for a second season. The controversial show started with critical acclaim. However, there is a dark side of 13 Reasons Why. It depicts teen suicide in such a way that many adults are left wondering if it glamorized teen suicide. Continue reading “The Dark Side of 13 Reasons Why: Is Teen Suicide Glamorized?”

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Never Have I Ever Read… The Hunger Games Trilogy

“I Volunteer as Tribute” – Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

I finally read the Hunger Games Trilogy. Was it worth the hype?

I have never, ever read The Hunger Games.  Truthfully, it did not appeal to me. Dystopian worlds are just not my thing (usually) and I couldn’t picture myself reading about 12-18 year olds running around trying to kill each other. Jackie, however,  devoured The Hunger Games Trilogy. When she found out that I hadn’t read them, she was appalled. Continue reading “Never Have I Ever Read… The Hunger Games Trilogy”

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