Tag: Gr. 6-12

"The President Has Been Shot!" by James L. Swanson

"The President Has Been Shot!" by James L. Swanson

Lynn:  This week our nation will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, even all these years later, speculation and controversy still surrounds this tragic event.  James Swanson’s excellent new book, “The President Has Been Shot!:  the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, (Scholastic 2013), provides a detailed step-by-step account of […]

March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Lynn:  This has been terrific summer for graphic novel fans.  I’m happy to write about another especially noteworthy book that published Aug. 13th, March, Book One (Top Shelf 2013) written by the Civil Rights hero, now Congressman John Lewis, his aid Andrew Aydin and Eisner-winning artist Nate Powell.  This is the story of Lewis’ early […]

Diego Rivera by Susan Goldman Rubin

Diego Rivera by Susan Goldman Rubin

Lynn:  The lives of artists are often a challenge to write about for children and none more so than Diego Rivera.  Controversial in almost all aspects of  his life, Diego Rivera was also a towering figure in the art world (and in stature) and his work remains incredibly powerful today. Susan Goldman Rubin’s new book, […]

The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure

The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure

Cindy: Booklist readers know that The Fairy Ring: or Elsie and Frances Fool the World (Candlewick 2012) was named Booklist’s Top of the List 2012 Youth Nonfiction winner. I had read this bizarre little nonfiction book in the fall and couldn’t believe the hoax that these two young girls pulled off, including pulling the wool […]

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Lynn:  There are times when I want to bang my head against the wall and shriek, “Why didn’t I read this sooner?”  I had Endangered (Scholastic 2012) for many months and somehow had never quite gotten around to it.  I knew I should too – there was something about the premise that just shouted “READ […]

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

Lynn:  Revered writer (by me anyway) Phillip Hoose turns his attention to the bird world again with an amazing book about an equally amazing type of bird, the Red Knot, and more specifically a very special individual bird – B95.  Moonbird:  A Year On the Wind With the Great Survivor B95 (Farrar 2012) introduces readers […]

Invincible Microbe by Jim Murphy

Invincible Microbe by Jim Murphy

Cindy: When Lynn and I read and posted about Martha Brooks’ Queen of Hearts a year ago, little did we know that this story set in a tuberculosis sanitorium would be the first of many TB books that would come our way this year. There was The Humming Room by Ellen Potter where a young […]

Hunger Games…

Hunger Games…

Cindy: I finally scraped together a couple of free hours with my husband in town so we could go see The Hunger Games movie. I’ve long since gotten over expecting movies based on books to live up to my standards, but I have to admit that this one fared well. Within the obvious limitations of […]

Titanic:  Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Lynn: I am writing this review on April 15th – the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic.  The week previous has been filled with programs about the ship and it was an interesting experience to see and hear those while reading a book on the subject for young readers.  I am happy […]

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert

Cindy: In celebration of Booklist’s always fabulous Graphic Novel spotlight, we have a gn to share that sheds new understanding on the most famous of all teacher-pupil relationships. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Hyperion 2012) really capitalizes on the graphic storytelling format to communicate the difficulties Annie faced in her work with […]