Tag: Gr. 5-8

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP: A Truly Magical Read

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP: A Truly Magical Read

Cindy: Every so often, and not often enough, a book sweeps me off my feet and makes me want to curl up and read it straight through. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster (2018) is one of those books.Part historical fiction, part Jewish mythology, and part magical realism, this tale of a young […]

“Riders on the Earth together”: APOLLO 8: THE MISSION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING, by Martin Sandler

“Riders on the Earth together”: APOLLO 8: THE MISSION THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING, by Martin Sandler

Lynn: Here at Bookends, we do our best to review books in the old-fashioned sense, by using literary standards and keeping personal responses out of the mix as much as possible. For this review of Apollo 8: the Mission that Changed Everything (2018) by Martin W. Sandler, I want to say strongly that our literary […]

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Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

Lynn: When you’re a six-foot tall, 180-pound eighth-grader known as the Mastodon of Montgomery Middle, what do you do? If you’re cash-strapped Marcus Vega, the titular protagonist of Pablo Cartaya’s second book, Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, you run an escort service walking kids to school past bully Stephen Hobert for a fee. Responsible and caring, Marcus does […]

THE NIGHT DIARY Gives Voice to History

THE NIGHT DIARY Gives Voice to History

Lynn: Veera Hiranandani puts the well-loved structure of the fictional diary to exquisite use in her latest novel. InThe Night Diary (2018), 12-year-old Nisha receives a diary as a birthday gift from Kazi, the family servant who has raised and cared for Nisha and her twin brother after their mother died giving birth to them. Nisha […]

A Dino Delight for Readers: DACTYL HILL SQUAD

A Dino Delight for Readers: DACTYL HILL SQUAD

Lynn: Kids love dinosaurs and they love books about dinosaurs. So all I really have to say is that we have a fun and very different book for your dinosaur-loving readers This inventive adventure story is set in an alternate America. It is 1863, and in this world, while the Civil War rages, dinosaurs not […]

Top-Secret Transmission: Locate THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE Now!

Top-Secret Transmission: Locate THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE Now!

Lynn: We count you Bookends readers as friends. Having just read The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (September) by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, I know that, were I a goblin, I would affectionately address you as follows: You clammy, sweaty pedant! Get your toad-like hands on this book ASAP (as-soon-as-published)! Brilliant and very, very funny, writer […]

A Pair of Historical Mysteries Evokes the Jim Crow South

A Pair of Historical Mysteries Evokes the Jim Crow South

Cindy: A pair of recent Southern historical mysteries raises the issue of racism. I read the first, Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element (2018) by Jeannie Mobley, on a recent destination wedding trip to New Orleans. I like coordinating book settings with my travel, and I was on deadline for Booklist’s #MysteryMonth, so this novel […]

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Lynn: Author Sarah Albee makes it clear right at the beginning of Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions and Murderous Medicines (2017) that her book is NOT a how-to manual for murder! Rather, it’s a history with far more than murderous intentions. But what mystery fan doesn’t want the inside scoop on this crime-writer favorite method? Authors from […]

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WORLD MAKE WAY, a Poetry Collection for the Eye and Ear

WORLD MAKE WAY, a Poetry Collection for the Eye and Ear

Lynn: Renowned editor Lee Bennett Hopkins opens World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2018) with this important thought from Leonardo da Vinci: “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” This book, a glorious new celebration of art […]

THE QUILTS OF GEE’S BEND: Not Just Something to Cover Up With

THE QUILTS OF GEE’S BEND: Not Just Something to Cover Up With

Lynn:  Susan Goldman Rubin’s The Quilts of Gee’s Bend (2017) feels like the perfect book for this amazing time of women standing up and speaking up, marching for our rights, and claiming respect for who we are. Yes, the book is about the spectacularly beautiful quilts made in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, but it is also the […]