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A review of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Check out one of our 2014 Teen's Choice books! Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Her best friend is a mermaid, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only one who can see through glamours of the many paranormals on the earth. But now Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies, and the paranormals are dying. White adds more than a dash of humor in this novel, where Evie is the only one who can protect the paranormals from ...read more

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July 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Reboot by Amy Tintura

The snow has finally melted and I am up to my chinny-chin-chin in teen books to consider for this summer's Teen's Choice Review books. Here's a sneak peek at two of the contenders for this year. Reboot, by Amy Tintera is the first book about the undead I've ever read. After I got past a teen zombie getting knifed in the head (and therefore, effectively killed), the book just sort of ...read more

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April 18, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage

The American Library Association will announce the winner and runners up for the prestigious Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year on Monday, January 27th.In the meantime, here’s a list of 10 strong candidates plus 1. Which of these do you feel is most distinguished? Do you know of another book published in 2013 that looks like an award-winner?1. Ten Orange Pumpkins; a ...read more

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January 17, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of The Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier

Leon the chameleon is just sunning himself on a rock, when nature calls. But wait, there’s no paper for wiping. So what’s a hygienic and resourceful chameleon to do? Why, snag that old pair of holey underwear just hanging on a branch and use them to get the job done. Enter Leon’s conscience – “But did you also think that maybe the owner of those underpants could have lost them?” Morals go best with a huge dash of humor, and this one hits the mark with holey underpants that serve up a great ...read more

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October 18, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

It’s that time of year again, and I’m reading as many books as I can to find the lucky ten titles that will serve as the summer’s Teen’s Choice review books. This year’s list will include the cross-over kid’s/teen’s non-fiction title that has swept up so many awards that it is fairly dripping with medals. Yes, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin. National Book Award Finalist, Sibert Award for best children’s non-fiction, Best Non- ...read more

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May 3, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

At first I found the language jarring, but as I continued to read, I found myself engrossed in McCormick’s fictionalization of Arn Chorn-Pond’s story of his years as a child caught in a horrific combination of genocide and war in Cambodia during the reign of the Kmehr Rouge.When the Kmehr Rouge come to his village and begin rounding up his family, friends and neighbors, Arn’s Aunt advises him to “bend low, and then bend lower” in order to survive. From age 11 to 14, Arn bends in ways no one ...read more

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January 11, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Bulu, African Wonder Dog by Dick Houston

Oh, puppy love! His brown eyes and Jack Russell Terrier face peered up from the cover and I couldn’t resist picking up this book. And quite the book it is. It is the story of the Tolans, who quit their regular jobs as police officers in England and moved to the African bush in Zambia, near the Luangwa River to set up a wildlife rehabilitation and education center. Along the way they adopted Bulu, a Jack Russell mix puppy that no one else wanted. The Tolans were adequately warned that pets don’t ...read more

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October 15, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of Dot by Patricia Intriago

Concepts such as quiet and loud, object permanence, patterns, hard and soft, heavy (bowling ball) and light (bubbles), are creatively and engagingly demonstrated in Patricia Intriago’s debut picture book, Dot. Happy dot looks like a smile, sad dot looks like a teardrop. Hurt dot has a small red dot on the surface, and in the next page the hurt dot is sporting a bandaid and the text reads, “Heal dot.” One dot is yummy (with a bite taken out of it) while the next dot tastes bad (another ...read more

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September 23, 2011 | 2 comments
A review of Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

“Missing an arm is like wearing a coat, a really big, hot, ugly coat/ that I can’t take off./Ever./ It’s all that people see.” The victim of a shark attack, 15 year-old Jane works to put her life back together after having her arm amputated above the elbow. Once an aspiring artist, now Jane can’t imagine what she will do with her life. And she can’t imagine how she will ever feel comfortable or fit in around people again. Even her friends seem awkward around her. Written in verse, Jane’s story ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 2, 2011 | 0 comments
Last year, around this time, I reviewed some picture books which I believed were strong contenders for the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is "awarded to the artist of the most distinguishedAmerican Picture Book for Children published in the United States during thepreceding year." Yet in past years the committee has chosen not only picture books for this ...read more

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December 3, 2010 | 0 comments