Tag: Gr. 7-10

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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Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Lynn: Parents and teachers of teenagers should be all-too-familiar with how many of their charges feel about rules and advice. My own two sons could have rolled their eyes for America! But those of us who have (mostly) achieved adulthood know that there is a lot of good advice that could really help young people. […]

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How to Build a Museum

How to Build a Museum

Lynn: The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in September 2016. It’d been a long time coming—100 years since the idea of a “Monument at the Capital in Honor of the Negro Soldiers and Sailors Who Fought in the Wars of our Country,” was proposed by the National Memorial Association […]

Eating Disorders in YA Fiction

Eating Disorders in YA Fiction

Lynn: Jo Knowles’ new book, Still a Work in Progress (2016) opens with narrator Noah’s relatable reflections on a typical day at his typical middle school, wherein the seventh-grader and his friends negotiate the minefields of boy/girl relationships while avoiding bullies and toxic lockers with forgotten tuna sandwiches.  Meanwhile, Noah’s family life seems pretty typical, too: he has nice, working parents, a smart and […]

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Have We Got a Story For You: The Inquisitor’s Tale

Have We Got a Story For You: The Inquisitor’s Tale

Lynn: When I first came across The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Sept. 2016), I wondered if the book was a retelling of the Jeanne d’Arc story. While the French love their Jeanne, hers has never been my favorite story; heroines burned at the stake are not exactement my glass of wine. It […]

It’s Not Too Late for Summer Love

It’s Not Too Late for Summer Love

Lynn and Cindy: The summer is flying by way too fast, but it’s never too late for some summer love! What could be better than reading one of these sweet romance books while lying on the beach, on a boat, or just stretched out in a hammock? Lynn: I’m a life-long fan of Georgette Heyer’s […]

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Bad Arguments: Learning the Lost Art of Making Sense

Bad Arguments: Learning the Lost Art of Making Sense

Cindy: No matter your political affiliation, there’s nothing like an election year to bring out the bad logic. Lynn and I discovered The Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments: Learning the Lost Art of Making Sense (2014) by Ali Almossawi at BookExpo in May. Previously published online at Book of Bad Arguments, this edition is a delightful—and above […]

World Building the Philip Reeve Way

World Building the Philip Reeve Way

Lynn: One of my most-favorite literary elements is world building—that endlessly fascinating imaginative device that asks, “If this, then what?” If magic was real and there was a school for young wizards, then what? If monsters existed and needed a secret branch of MI6 to deal with them, then what? Is there anything more fun than watching […]

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Hold Onto Your Head! Samurai Rising is a Great Historical Adventure

Hold Onto Your Head! Samurai Rising is a Great Historical Adventure

Lynn: I shouldn’t begin a review with a left-handed compliment, but the real truth is that I don’t think that I would have ever picked up Samurai Rising: the Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune (2016) if I didn’t love Pamela Turner’s writing. If I’m being totally honest, the violent, head-chopping warrior culture of the Samurai period is […]

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A Messy, Good Life in a Chef’s Memoir for Teens

A Messy, Good Life in a Chef’s Memoir for Teens

Lynn: The maxim that kids want to see themselves reflected in books is true. Also true: they want to see what they can become. Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir, Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life (2015), an adaptation of Samuelsson’s memoir for adults, Yes, Chef (2012), does both these things. Samuelsson provides a look at a world rarely written about […]

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