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The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc

The Maid

Today we review Kimberly Cutter’s exciting historical fiction debut. Although Joan of Arc’s story has been told many times before, Cutter’s telling is particularly accessible, dramatic, and exciting for modern audiences. Jehanne is an uneducated, young teenager growing up in a small French village, and we experience her story from the beginning, from her point [...]

Harbor

Harbor

John Ajvide Lindqvist is single-handedly establishing Swedish horror as a sub-genre of its own. Although there’s some debate as to whether Harbor is really a horror novel. Our reviewer says it plays out as more fantasy than horror, while others find it closer to psychological thriller. I think this is only to its advantage when [...]

Everything Happens Today

Everything Happens Today

A day in the life of an academically brilliant 11th grade boy. I’ve seen Jesse Browner’s novel compared to The Catcher in the Rye and I suppose, on the surface, there’s validity to that. Teenage boy in New York City. Stream-of-consciousness. But Wes is very much a 21st century character. In fact, he’s very much a [...]

Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

Hoopla

Poking around Leanne Prain’s website, I happened upon a blog post titled Embroidered Covers. How gorgeous is this? (and it’s only one of many…) Now that I have your attention (or did I just distract you entirely?), take a look at the website for Hoopla, or the author’s website. On the former you can find [...]

The Little Bride

The Little Bride

Anna Solomon has a fun story about coming across the idea for The Little Bride. She was googling herself, and found a woman named Anna Solomon Freudenthal who was a Jewish pioneer in  the 19th century. The launch party for The Little Bride was held at the Tenement Museum. Although not found on most tourist agendas [...]

The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers

Alice Hoffman’s new novel is, overall, a departure for the popular author which nevertheless retains her favorite elements. The Dovekeepers is weighty historical fiction that features strong women and a touch of magic. It centers on the Roman siege and tragedy at Masada 2,000 years ago, told in the voices of four women who tend the doves [...]

Word Hero

Word Hero

Jay Heinrichs new book follows his first, Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion (Three Rivers, 2007). Word Hero is a colorful paperback original with a sense of humor and its own website. Heinrichs also publishes an impressive language blog, Figarospeech.com. For teens working [...]

No, But I Read the Book

The Kite Runner

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Last week I met a school librarian who was quick to announce, as soon as we’d been introduced, that I would be pleased to hear she and her colleagues have begun to collect graphic novels in the high school library. “I can’t read them, of course, but I [...]

When She Woke

When She Woke

“When she woke, she was red.” From the very first sentence, Hillary Jordan’s sophomore effort starts off strong and never lets up. Jordan debuted with Mudbound (Algonquin, 2008), winner of a 2009 Alex Award. When She Woke has even more teen appeal. In this case the protagonist, Hannah Payne, is barely past her teen years, [...]

The Night Strangers

The Night Strangers

Welcome to October, the month of Halloween and horror fiction. We begin with a ghost story by Chris Bohjalian. Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, wrote a guest review on Amazon.com. Just what is The Night Strangers? “It’s a psychological thriller. It’s a domestic drama, the story of a family coping with the aftermath of dislocation and [...]