Tag: Gr. 7-10

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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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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