Tag: Gr. 7-10

Flying Pigs and Ludwig II: Two New Steampunk Graphic Novels

Flying Pigs and Ludwig II: Two New Steampunk Graphic Novels

Lynn: Sentient pigs, Ludwig II, hot air balloons, and steampunk may sound like unusual elements for a graphic novel, but the results are high-flying fun for middle-school readers! Take a look. Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 (2017) by Alex Alice is a gorgeous, action-packed adventure with enough gadgets to make Jules Verne […]

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 […]

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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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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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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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 […]

OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

OUT OF WONDER: Poems Celebrating Poets

Lynn: Regular readers know that we are seldom speechless—but that’s exactly what I was however when I finished Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth. My powers of speech have definitely returned, but the awe has remained. There is so much that I love about this book that […]

YORK: A Treasure Hunt in an Alternate NYC

YORK: A Treasure Hunt in an Alternate NYC

Lynn: Just when I started to feel a little jaded—March does that to me—I read Laura Ruby’s wonderful new book, York: The Shadow Cipher (May 2017). This new series-opener is the perfect antidote to my grumpy case of the blahs that accompany the mud, temperature swings, and general brownness of my least-favorite month. The story […]

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Last of the Magicians: ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST

Last of the Magicians: ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST

Lynn: In 1936, the economist John Maynard Keynes purchased a set of Isaac Newton’s papers. To his great surprise, Keynes found that many of them related to Newton’s intense study of alchemy. To those of us in the modern world, alchemy is a discredited pursuit, the stuff of magical thinking and ignorance. Keynes wrote that […]

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THICK AS THIEVES: A New Queen’s Thief Tale

THICK AS THIEVES: A New Queen’s Thief Tale

Lynn: Faithful readers know that Megan Whalen Turner’s new book, Thick as Thieves (May 2017), was the advanced readers copy we were most excited to bring home from ALA Midwinter. Well, I greedily inhaled it immediately, and now I will have to wait another excruciatingly long time till the next one. I don’t mean to […]

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