Sad Stories

Picture Book of the Day

The Christmas Tree Ship
by Carol Crane (Author) and Chris Ellison (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Grandpa loved to tell stories when he sat in his “remembering rocker.” One was about Captain Santa and the Christmas Tree Ship (disaster) of 1912.

Snippet: “Every year Captain Santa would load up his little schooner Rouse Simmons with thousands of beautiful Christmas trees from our northern Michigan forests.

Chapter Book of the Day

My Name Is Not Easy
by Debby Dahl Edwardson (Author)
352 pages

Booktalk: Luke knows his Iñupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. So he leaves it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles away from their Arctic village.


I hand the gun back to Joe, the gun that’s gonna be mine when I’m old enough to take the kick. Next spring maybe.

“Boys?” Mom says. “You hear? Get your stuff. Plane’s come.”

I’m twelve years old, all right, and Bunna, he’s ten. But Isaac, he’s only six, and all I can think of is those Catholics and what they say about kids. Why can’t we wait until Isaac turns seven?

When I climb up into that plane, the wind’s blowing hard, same as always.

“Take care of your brothers,” Mom calls, and I turn around quick. One last time.

BONUS! Hear the author read an excerpt at the 2011 National Book Award Finalists Reading!


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Blog Countdown #4

Dear Readers,

Due to technical difficulties (see below) I am moving ALL of my blogs here to Booktalking.

Q. Why are you moving your blogs during the busy holidays?
A. Two reasons:
1. I’m being innundated by foreign language spam.
2. The Feedburner subscription service has locked me out.

This means that while others have found me (in a BIG way!) I can no longer find you. I can’t access my subscriber lists. I’ve had the same login since 2006, but Feedburner was sold to Google and now my passwords no longer work!

I have to START OVER.

1. I will consolidate ALL 8 blogs into 1 at Booktalking.
2. I will count down for two weeks (from 10-1)…and then close the other 7 blogs.

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