Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Perfect Gift

This is a commentary that aired on Mid-Florida NPR several years ago and has become a favorite of many at this time of year.  It is adapted from Shelley’s essays in her collection THE KIDS ARE GONE; THE DOG IS … Continue reading

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Philip Pullman

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”

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Run Turkey Run

My first book, a harrowing tale of life and death in the animal agriculture business, was published in 1993, and by published I mean laminated by my 2nd grade teacher and made available on my class’s bookshelf. The book, an … Continue reading

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I visited a third juvenile detention facility last month, and while the program was similar to my other visits (read from my novel The Brothers Torres, spend an hour or so talking about it and answering questions) this visit was … Continue reading

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January’s Leader of the Month: Don Freeman

Don is known by many people as the author of CORDUROY and other children’s books.Don published over 20 books for children in his lifetime, most of these printed by The Viking Press (now a division of Penguin USA). Over the … Continue reading

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January’s Leader of the Month: Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is our Leader of the Month! Bill Cosby is best known as an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Usually the term philanthropist is left out. Not today!. Bill Cosby is a philanthropist. Bill Cosby and wife, Camille Cosby, … Continue reading

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January’s Leader of the Month: Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer is our Leader of the Month! Keke Palmer (actress and singer) has established herself as one of the fastest rising young stars of her generation. Palmer began her career with a small role in the feature film Barbershop … Continue reading

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The Power of Reading

Shelley Mickle is an award-winning novelist. Her first novel was a New York Times Notable Book, her second became a CBS movie, and she has been a commentator for National Public Radio for more than fifteen years. Her humorous essays … Continue reading

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Author Spotlight: Linda Hawley (free eBook!)

  “Learning to Read Again” “When I was 12 years old, I was with friends pretending to ice skate on their frozen pond in our tennis shoes. It was a beautiful, crisp winter day. My friends got their three-wheeled ATV … Continue reading

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