Ordinary Kids, Super Adventures

There's a lot of great new children's novels of late, and here are four published in 2018! The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty Lucy Callahan is a math genius. Her mathematical powers suddenly appeared after she was struck by lightning(!). She's so good at math that she's intellectually ready for college even though…
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Black Cats Are the Best Cats!

A holiday honoring the coolest cats: October 27 is National Black Cat Day. A Chicago Love Story Many years ago, I lived in Chicago and volunteered for the Anti-Cruelty Society. My job ruled! I went in after hours to pet cats in order to help "socialize" them. I loved it so much that I couldn't…
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Attention Banana Lovers

Are you bananas for bananas? Express your admiration for this tropical fruit on August 27th, Banana Lovers Day. Persistent Banana Rumors Every few years, I experience a jolt of panic when the news reports roll in again: "Bananas will go extinct within the next decade." Then I hop on Snopes and breathe a sigh of…
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Paris: City of Love, and Toes!

Mark your calendars: August 6 is National Wiggle Your Toes Day. Though the origin of this holiday is unknown, its purpose is to show off your toes by wearing sandals or going barefoot. Make it a sensational day by stepping into fresh cut grass or the warm sands of your favorite beach. Or...take a trip…
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Golden State Thriller

A new bestselling investigative search for a serial killer that will keep you transfixed. Scared on a Plane I was recently on a flight for 10 hours and I spent the entire time completely frightened. I don't have a fear of flying...it was scary because of what I was reading. I'll Be Gone in the…
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World Oceans Day

Friday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. Now's the time to celebrate the ocean and learn to care for it! History Since 2002, World Oceans Day has served as a day to appreciate and honor the ocean that connects everyone around the world. It's also a great opportunity to learn about ocean life, think about…
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