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2008 Award-Winning Books

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The ALA picked the best books of 2007. Add some to your child's reading list for 2008.

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Spring Reading List

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From toddler reads to teenage tomes, these books will keep rainy-day blues at bay.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

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The long-awaited finale to the biggest (in every sense) publishing phenomenon in history crashes to a thunderous ending (don't worry, no spoilers here). Bringing the series total up to around 4,100 pages, Book 7 in the saga of the Boy Who Lived will not disappoint.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Book 6)

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Voldemort and his followers, the Death Eaters, are out in the open now, so much so that Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic, feels it necessary to inform the muggle Prime Minister. Snape is up to no good, Draco has been given an assignment by the Dark Lord, and and a net of security has dropped on Hogwarts. Deaths, disappearances, and destruction increase as Harry's penultimate year at Hogwarts begins.

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Review: Black Beauty

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Heartwrenching, beautiful and educational, this morality tale and animal autobiography gives a majestic horse a voice that is believable and unsentimental. An animal rights classic that is also a great read, BLACK BEAUTY follows the life of an ebony horse from birth to old age, from pasture to cobblestone streets of 19th century England.

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Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

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Growing up in a small Southern town, Jem and Scout Finch think they know their family and neighbors. There's Boo Radley, the neighborhood recluse, whom the children attempt to lure out of hiding. Cranky old Mrs. Dubose is secretly addicted to morphine. Their odd playmate, Dill Harris, comes to stay with his aunt next door each summer. And then there's Atticus, their father, and their hero.

At first barely penetrating their world of treehouses and elaborate reenactments of pulp novels are rumors of a black man accused of raping a white woman. In 1930s Alabama, her accusation all but proves his guilt. Yet lawyer Atticus questions the charge and defends the accused man in a town steeped in prejudice. Through the eyes of the children, as they try to understand the reactions of the townspeople and make sense of the crumbling world around them, the irrationality of racism is laid bare.

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What Makes a Good Kid's Book Great

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There are thousands of kids' books out there. Find out what the elements are that make for a great kid's book, with a list of suggested reading.

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Book Review: Peter Pan

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One night Peter Pan flies through the window of the Darling nursery in search of his shadow. There he meets Wendy, Michael, and John, teaches them to fly, and leads them to the home of the Lost Boys in Neverland.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)

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Harry's summer break with the Dursley's is more wretched than usual in HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, the fifth installment in the most popular book series of all time. Not only are the Dursleys as despicable as ever (though Rowling drops a few intriguing hints that there may be more to Aunt Petunia than meets the eye), but dark forces are reaching out for Harry even in Little Whinging, the drab suburb that had seemed too ordinary for magic.

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Summer Reads

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Chase away those summertime blues with our selection of must-read books.

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