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Review of the Day: Windblowne by Stephen Messer

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Windblowne By Stephen Messer Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86195-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now 2010 was not a great year for fantasies. Sure, there were plenty of books that contained small fantastical elements, but titles that plunged the reader into entirely different worlds with their own set of rules and understandings? Few and far between. [...]

Review of the Day: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt

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The Adventures of Nanny Piggins By R.A. Spratt Illustrated by Dan Santat Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-06819-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say. To heck with that, say I. When it comes to books for kids, nine times out of ten you’re going to end [...]

Review of the Day: The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby

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The Clockwork Three By Matthew Kirby Scholastic Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-20337-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I’m in a weird position. I’m tired of Steampunk, and yet if I say that word to most kids that walk into my library they’ll give me a blank stare followed by an immediate, “What’s Steampunk?” I’d explain to [...]

Review of the Day: Crunch by Leslie Connor

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Crunch By Leslie Connor Katherine Tegan Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-169229-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Leslie Connor forgive me; I sometimes forget how awesome you are. It’s nice to rely on an author. To know that you can trust them to write book after book that isn’t crap. That’s true [...]

Review of the Day: Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

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Sugar and Ice By Kate Messner Walker & Company (a division of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2081-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves December 9th They say to write what you know. We’ve all heard that line. It’s bounced about countless writing groups. But there’s an unspoken rule amongst children that’s as pervasive as it is harmful: Read [...]

Review of the Day: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

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Mockingbird By Kathryn Erskine Philomel (a division of Penguin) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25264-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Children’s librarians read quite a few books for kids and the result is that we tend to want to discuss them with one another. Unlucky librarians are surrounded solely by people who agree with their opinions. You’re much [...]

Review of the Day: Departure Time by Truus Matti

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Departure Time By Truus Matti Translated by Nancy Forest-Flier namelos $18.95 ISBN: 978-1-60898-009-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Translated children’s novels have a tough row to hoe. In my experience as a children’s librarian I’ll often find that folks react to them in a variety of different ways. Sometimes they like them, but often they’ll [...]

Review of the Day: The Body Thief by Stephen M. Giles

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The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom: The Body Thief By Stephen M. Giles Sourcebooks Jabberwocky $12.99 ISBN: 978- 1-4022-4090-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Mysterious Benedict Society. If those words are mere gobblety-gook to you and don’t mean a thing, don’t worry. You can rectify that [...]

Review of the Day: Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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Where the Streets Had a Name By Randa Abdel-Fattah Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-17292-9 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2010 When I was a child I had a very vague sense of global conflicts in other countries. Because of my Bloom County comics I knew a bit about apartheid in South Africa. Later [...]

Review of the Day: Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

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Bamboo People By Mitali Perkins Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-58089-328-2 Ages 10-14 On shelves now. There is a perception that many children acquire over the course of their education that learning and fun are mutually exclusive ideas. If a book has so much as a smidgen of a fact in it then it’s no good to [...]

Review of the Day – Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

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Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze By Alan Silberberg Aladdin (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-0988-0 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 14, 2010 “It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid if the mom died.” BAM! Now that’s grabby, ain’t it? If I were a Hollywood executive I suppose that might be how I’d [...]

Review of the Day – The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

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The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling By Maryrose Wood Illustrated by Jon Klassen Balzer & Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-179105-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When you’re a parent or a librarian or a teacher or a bookseller who reads a lot of children’s books, you sometimes wish [...]

Review of the Day: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cosmic By Frank Cottrell Boyce Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-183683-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves January 19th Close your eyes. Lean back. Take a breath. Now think. Think about the books you read when you were a child. Think about the ones you loved. The ones you still think about [...]