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Review of the Day: Healing Water by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Healing Water: A Hawaiian Story By Joyce Moyer Hostetter Calkins Creek (an imprint of Boyd Mills Press) $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-514-0 Ages 10-14 On shelves now Leprosy just isn’t the hot topic of children’s historical fiction it could be. I mean, walk up to a kid and ask them what their primary associations with leprosy (today [...]

Review of the Day: Magic Trixie by Jill Thompson

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Magic Trixie By Jill Thompson Lettered by Jason Arthur Harper Collins $7.99 ISBN: 978-0-060117045-4 Ages 6-10 On shelves now You know how you’ll be prepared to dislike something and then, through no fault of your own, you are forced to take a close and in-depth look at the very thing you were trying to avoid? [...]

Review of the Day: Stella Stands Alone by A. LaFaye

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Stella Stands Alone By A. LaFaye Simon and Schuster $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-1164-7 Ages 9-14 On shelves now There is nothing in this livelong world that I hate more than a dishonest historical novel. I mean it. Thumbtack the words “dishonest historical novel” to a dartboard and watch my aim fly true. I’m sure you know [...]

Review of the Day – Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini by Aaron Frisch

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Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini By Aaron Frisch Illustrated by Gary Kelley Creative Editions $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-56846-200-4 Ages 9 and up On shelves now The picture book biographer is often a limited soul. If you are churning out biography after biography for a large company then I’m sure the job must [...]

Review of the Day: Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

Every Soul a Star By Wendy Mass Little, Brown and Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-03313-8 Ages 8-14 On shelves now Natural phenomena lend themselves to children’s literature. Picture books, for example, are filled with fireflies, rainbows, and shooting stars. Then the child readers get a little older and the phenomena get more complex. The death of [...]

Review of the Day – A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant

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A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams By Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $17.00 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5302-8 Ages 4-9 On shelves now I always feel a little bit inadequate when I review a book of poetry or a book about a poet, even if it’s for kids. [...]

Review of the Day: Boots and Pieces by Emily Ecton

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Boots and Pieces By Emily Ecton Aladdin (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6167-3 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Straight-to-paperback works of fiction do not tend to win great and prestigious literary awards. The term “paperback writer” has never been a term one strives to attain (unless you happen to find yourself in [...]

Review of the Day: Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu

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Wonder Bear By Tao Nyeu Dial Books (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3328-2 Ages 4-8 On shelves now As far as I know there are no hard and fast rules that govern an illustrator’s debut picture book. No guidelines on what to do or what to avoid are written down for easy reference. If [...]

Review of the Day: The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David Ellwand and Ruth Ellwand

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The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher By David and Ruth Ellwand Candlewick Press $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-2096-7 Ages 8 and up On shelves now Sometimes I’ll give a speech at events or conferences about children’s books that break barriers. I’ll talk about titles that don’t neatly slot into award categories and, as a result, [...]

Review of the Day: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson Simon & Schuster $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6949-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves October 21, 2008 My discovery of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains came at the best possible time. I had recently read and reviewed Steve Sheinkin’s, King George, What Was His Problem?, a book that looks at the stories behind [...]

Review of the Day: Amandina by Sergio Ruzzier

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Amandina By Sergio Ruzzier Roaring Brook Press $16.95 ISBN: 978-1596432369 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There is a very specific feeling you get from a picture book when the combination of text and image is pitch perfect. It’s a very hard thing to get, mind you. You might have a book where the words are [...]

Review of the Day: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found (The Missing: Book One) By Margaret Peterson Haddix Simon & Schuster $15.99 ISBN: 978-1416954170 Ages 8-14 On shelves now I’m a children’s librarian so I get to see a lot of children’s books pass through my hallowed public library doors. Lots. But a person can’t see everything so once in a while I like [...]

Review of the Day: Princess at Midnight by Andi Watson

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Princess at Midnight By Andi Watson Image Comics, Inc. $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-58240-928-3 Ages 8-12 On shelves now I’m always on the lookout for good kid-friendly graphic novels to stock my library’s shelves with. And I am particularly interested in publishers that don’t get as much library face time as they might since the presence of [...]

Review of the Day: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley

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Snake and Lizard By Joy Cowley Illustrated by Gavin Bishop Kane/Miller $14.95 ISBN: 978-1-933605-83-8 Ages 6-10 On shelves now I appreciate children’s books that acknowledge the bloodthirsty nature of the wild. Oh now look what I’ve gone and done. With one little sentence I’ve given you the impression that the book I’m about to discuss [...]

Review of the Day: Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka

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Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka By Jon Scieszka Viking (a Penguin imprint) $12.99 ISBN: 978-0670011384 Ages 9-12 On shelves now To adults that don’t normally wander through the shelves of children’s literature the notion of the autobiography for kids is a pretty odd beast. You write a book about [...]