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Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Lynn: Cecil Castellucci’s new graphic novel, Soupy Leaves Home (2017), offers a terrific way to absorb some fascinating history. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the compelling story of Pearl, a young girl who runs away from her abusive father. Desperately unhappy and with nowhere to go, she decides to disguise herself as a boy […]

A Summer Story in Poems: WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING

A Summer Story in Poems: WHEN MY SISTER STARTED KISSING

Lynn: For many lucky families, summer means time at the lake, with swimming, boating, fishing, cozy cottages on rainy days, and the ever-present sights and smells of the water.Helen Frost’s new verse novel, When My Sister Started Kissing (2017), gets all these details just right. Ten-year-old Claire, her older sister Abigail, and her widowed father have always […]

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Hidden Lives of Toads Revealed!

Lynn: Yes, there are a zillion books for kids about toads, frogs, and tadpoles. Trust me, few are as terrific as The Hidden Life of a Toad (2017), photographer Doug Wechsler’s up-close and personal look at the fascinating stages of metamorphosis. Most kids will have seen tadpoles, or at least books about them, but here the […]

Learning to Write Children’s and YA Nonfiction from the Masters

Learning to Write Children’s and YA Nonfiction from the Masters

Cindy: After more than three decades reading and reviewing other authors’ books, in the last few years I’ve started writing my own. Writers work alone, but they don’t succeed alone. You may have noticed a rise in solo posts by Lynn here at Bookends and that is a result of her generous offer to provide […]

Underground, Unmasked: Frances Hardinge’s A FACE LIKE GLASS

Underground, Unmasked: Frances Hardinge’s A FACE LIKE GLASS

Lynn: Frances Hardinge is a spinner of words and worlds who makes magic with language. I am always so blown away by her writing that my copies of her books grow soggy with highlighted phrases. A Face Like Glass (2017) is Hardinge’s latest book to arrive in the U.S., although it was first published in England […]

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THE PHOTO ARK: A Delightful Deluge of Animal Portraits

THE PHOTO ARK: A Delightful Deluge of Animal Portraits

Lynn: We focus on youth books here at Bookends, but every so often, an adult book comes along that we think would be of special interest to kids. The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals (2017) by Joel Sartore is just that sort of book. In fact, this book may be […]

Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Lynn: Being a reviewer and blogger is the best job ever, but there are a few drawbacks. We get so many books (I know, tough problem, right?), and keeping up can be challenging. What often happens is that sometimes later books in series get postponed till. . . well, later, and sometimes never. So it says […]

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This Trio of Picture Books is the Bee’s Knees

This Trio of Picture Books is the Bee’s Knees

Lynn: Although it’s not unusual for children to be afraid of bees, bees are struggling, and they need all the help we can give them. Winning over a new generation of bee protectors has never been more important. Happily, I’ve read a trio of fun picture books starring our stripey friends that should help the […]

The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler

Cindy: The blue hour happens twice a day, at dawn and dusk, and is treasured by artists for its exceptional quality of light. I treasure Isabelle Simler’s The Blue Hour because it’s a gorgeous new picture book from France by an author / illustrator who takes full advantage of that magical time. The endpapers set the scene […]

MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

MOTO AND ME: Cuteness Overload

Lynn: Suzi Eszterhas makes it clear that Moto is no pet, but I doubt anyone who reads Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom (2017) won’t feel a pang when she releases the serval kitten to the wild. Wildlife photographer and author Eszterhas was living in Kenya to photograph animals on the Masai […]