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SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

SOMEDAY BIRDS: A Wild Ride

Lynn: Many of us hate change, but 12-year-old Charlie really hates it. The Someday Birds (2017) by Sally J. Pla begins with Charlie’s widowed father, who suffered a head wound in Afghanistan, being transferred from San Diego to a hospital in Virginia to undergo a new treatment. And so Charlie finds himself on a cross-country road […]

BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

BOB, NOT BOB! A Head Cold Makes Us Laugh

Lynn: I don’t know what it is like elsewhere but here in Michigan, EVERYONE seems to be sick! I’m just getting over a cold that I got from one of my grandsons, and every other person I meet is clutching wads of Kleenex to red noses. I couldn’t have found Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey […]

SAVED BY THE BOATS: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11

Cindy:  Mine is a boating family and, as such, we’ve been rescued by other boaters and rescued others in turn. Even on small rivers and lakes, boaters follow an unwritten code to help other boaters: You don’t leave someone in distress on the water. As citizens fled the twin towers on September 11, 2001, that code benefited over […]

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Lynn: Sometimes a book is just what you need at a particular time. That was the case for me with Ellen Emerson White’s A Season of Daring Greatly (2017). I’m a fan of baseball and baseball books. I love an underdog story and stories with an interesting ensemble cast. And in these challenging times, I […]

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Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Stars in Their Eyes: Two Space-y Picture Book Biographies

Cindy: True confession: I’m not a Trekker. But everybody knows Spock, even those who’ve never watched the Star Trek television series. I was familiar with Spock’s signature Vulcan salute, but I didn’t know that Leonard Nimoy created it when he rejected the idea, during filming, of using a traditional handshake. The shape originates from Jewish […]

Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Cindy and Lynn: Lynn missed a wild middle-school book club meeting a few weeks ago. I believe it started during Jackson’s rave review of the recent Printz honor title Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This 8th-grade reader loved the book, but commented that he really doesn’t need romance in his dystopian books. “Romance is fine,” he said. […]

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Moonshine for a Review? Adulting Looks Like Fun

Moonshine for a Review? Adulting Looks Like Fun

  Cindy: I’m used to getting some strange marketing packages from publishers, but this week a notable one showed up: a book called If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss, a box of buttermilk biscuit mix, and a small, empty bottle of branded moonshine. Wait. Moonshine? Why is my bottle empty? Fortunately, before I accused […]

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Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Lynn: In the winter, it is especially good to be a librarian! We have to look ahead and buy spring books, so they’ll be here when the crocuses pop and the first baby birds hatch. At the top of my spring picture books list this year? Egg, by the masterful Kevin Henkes. Perhaps there is nobody better at […]

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

Lynn: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing recently announced a new imprint, Salaam Reads.  Their mission: “to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.” It couldn’t come at a better time. The first book […]

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Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Calpurnia Tate for Younger Readers

Cindy: Well, I’ll be skunked! When Lynn shared a copy of the first volume in Jacqueline Kelly’s new Calpurnia Tate: Girl Vet series. I was dubious. While I adore Kelly’s original stories, I fretted this new series, aimed at younger readers, would pale in comparison. I needn’t have worried—Skunked! is delightful. Callie Vee tells the story […]