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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

by Maria Dismondy, Kimberly Shaw-Peterson (Illustrator)

How can Ralph be so mean? Lucy is one of a kind and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucys defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage ... Read More

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind

by Sharon M Draper

From a multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winning author comes the story of a brilliant girl that no one knows about because she cannot speak or write. "If there is one book teens and parents (and ... Read More

How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years

How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years

by Julie Ross, M.A.

You never listen to anything I say! Yesterday, your child was a sweet, well-adjusted eight-year-old. Today, a moody, disrespectful twelve-year-old. What happened? And more important, how do you ... Read More

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke (1999)

directed by Hayao Miyazaki
featuring Yoji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yuko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Gillian Anderson

This $20 million animated adventure/fantasy quickly became the highest grossing Japanese film in Japanese film history (making $150 million in Japan during its first seven months). Set in the 14th ... Read More

Adventures in Babysitting

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

directed by Chris Columbus
featuring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Calvin Levels, Vincent D'Onofrio

Teenager Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) would rather party with her boyfriend, but when her beau breaks their date she reluctantly accepts a babysitting job. It isn't all TV and icebox-raiding when ... Read More

'Let’s Get Lost: Exploring the World'

In my early twenties, during arid summers and dry, Southern California winters, I would drive the back country roads of my county with the windows rolled down and the music turned up (Think shoe gaze pop masters Ride, and queue the classic “Let’s Get Lost” if you can find a[…] Read More

'Summer?s Last Hurrah'

The end of summer, so bittersweet. The air is a little cooler, the days a little shorter. Back to school days ahead, vacation days behind us. Why not make the most of the summer days that remain. Don’t let the season end without fitting in another hike, trip to the[…] Read More

'Along the Road'

Summertime and road trips go hand in hand… an ongoing love affair with the car and the open road. Long lazy days behind the wheel, an open agenda and a detour on the backroads. Or maybe a fixed destination, traveling the interstate, Point A to Point B. A trip down[…] Read More