10 Minutes With Mr. Sharp: Travis Jonker


I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in New York City working on a project with Mr. Travis Jonker last week. Unfortunately, our flight home was canceled. We decided not to let that get us down, and we rented a car and drove back to Michigan. During the drive home Travis and I had many…interesting conversations. I managed to get one of those conversation on tape. I hope you like hearing about how Travis went from being a new teacher-librarian to a School Library Journal blogger.


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10 Minute Review: Orbiting Jupiter



I recently finished Gary Schmidt’s Orbiting Jupiter. His latest masterpiece is one of the best books I have read in 2015.

Before reading Orbiting Jupiter I only knew 3 things.

1. Many of my teacher, librarian, and author friends loved the book.

2. It is pretty short (less than 200 page).

3. It deals with some issues issues that make the book blur the middle grade – young adult line.

Before reading Orbiting Jupiter I actually thought I knew a lot more about the book, but prepping for Nerd Camp and adjusting to life with a fourth kid has me much less in the know that I have been in the past.

Not knowing much about a brilliant book before reading can be such an amazing experience. At times it feels like being uber-connected online can fill my head with all sorts of things, good and bad, about a book before reading. Going in fresh has become such a rare and refreshing experience.

I’m not going to say anything about what happens in this book. Maybe, just maybe, you know as little about this book as me. Lucky you. You have the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful settings and all encompassing stories you have read in ages.

A Saturday Video On A Wednesday 


Travis Jonker and I drove to Michigan from NYC when our flight was canceled Tuesday afternoon. I usually post a video on Saturday, but I thought it might be fun to post the video we made a little early. Sort of a cap on the zany road-trip.