Bookends

STAR SCOUTS: Summer Camp, Science-Fiction Style

STAR SCOUTS: Summer Camp, Science-Fiction Style

Lynn: When you’re the new kid in town, finding friends can be tough. Mike Lawrence takes an out-of-this-world look at the issue in his recent graphic novel, Star Scouts (2017).  Barrel-racing, rodeo loving Avani Patel is having an especially hard time fitting into her new school, so her well-meaning dad signs her up for Flower […]

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

EYES OF THE WORLD: Photojournalists Robert Capa and Gerda Taro

Lynn: I need to start this post about Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism (2017) with a disclaimer: Cindy and I had the privilege of watching part of this book’s creation. Marc Aronson shared some of his early ideas with us when we all spoke at a conference […]

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To Err is Divine: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken

To Err is Divine: THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken

Lynn: “It started with one mistake.” For many kids, a mistake means crumpling a piece of paper and starting over, but in The Book of Mistakes (2017), Corinna Luyken’s debut picture book about the creative process, a mistake leads to something truly brilliant. From an ink blot on the front endpaper to a splotch on the title […]

Full of Mysteries: BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk

Full of Mysteries: BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk

Cindy: Beyond the Bright Sea (2017), Lauren Wolk’s fine follow-up to her 2017 Newbery Honor book, Wolf Hollow, features a young orphan with a mysterious past, a hunt for treasure, and a search for belonging. Said orphan, the twelve-year-old Crow, is named for the rasping cry she emitted when Osh, a reclusive fisherman, found her as […]

Careers for Mystery Buffs

Careers for Mystery Buffs

Cindy: I was weeding my career collection last week when I stumbled upon a book that is perfect for Mystery Month: Blythe Camenson’s Careers for Mystery Buffs & Other Snoops and Sleuths (1997). The book suggests that if you have “a healthy curiosity and a mind for mysteries,” there are plenty of dream jobs for you! Camenson […]

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THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE, a Graphic Novel Mystery

THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN BLAKE, a Graphic Novel Mystery

Lynn: The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship (2017), comes courtesy of Philip Pullman and represents his first foray into graphic novels. Written originally as a comic and then as a film script, Blake has just now been published in the United States. After a storm knocks her overboard her family’s sailboat, teenager Serena Henderson […]

7 Ate 9: a Mathematical Detective Tale

7 Ate 9: a Mathematical Detective Tale

Cindy: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story (2017) by Tara Lazar will have young readers adding up clues in order to understand 9’s mysterious disappearance. A panicked 6 awakens Detective Al F. Bet, snoozing at his desk, to tell him 9 is missing. Rumor has it that 7 ate 9—and 6 is sure that 7 is coming for him […]

WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith: You’ll be a Lucky Reader

WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith: You’ll be a Lucky Reader

Cindy: I have some eighth-grade girls who felt like they won the lottery when I returned from ALA Midwinter with an advance copy of Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel, Windfall (2017). I did, too. Alice doesn’t know what to get her good friend Teddy for his 18th birthday. On a whim, she gets him a lottery […]

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Hold the Bulldozers: Middle-Grade Books Take on Developers

Hold the Bulldozers: Middle-Grade Books Take on Developers

Lynn: The theme of kids taking on greedy developers is not new or uncommon in books for kids—remember, Carl Hiaasen’s Hoot (2002) won a Newbery Honor. But this year alone, I’ve already read three books with this central issue. Is this a movement? See for yourself. (And readers, if I’m missing any titles, let me know!)   The […]

Shelf Evaluation: Mystery Series Comfort Reading

Shelf Evaluation: Mystery Series Comfort Reading

Lynn: What does a youth book blogger read when she needs a break from beginner readers and teen angst? For me, it is often mysteries and, as you can tell by the battered copies in my Shelf Evaluation photo, old mysteries! Yes, I admit it, this picture reveals some of my most closely held secret […]