The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston; ill. by Barbara Clooney Dial, 1989 32 pages Christmas is a tricky holiday. Commercialization is not exactly a new problem (the Victorians sent cards, gave presents, and decorated their department stores, too), but it is a pervasive and pressing one, particularly where children are concerned. … Continue reading The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree

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Driving Toward a Dream

Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck Dial Books, 2006 145 pages Think back to your teen years, to the times when you sought advice on friendship, dating, college, even choosing your path in life.  Maybe you confided in a favorite teacher, picked up a teen-oriented magazine, or even asked your parents for input. How … Continue reading Driving Toward a Dream