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Review of the Day: Henry and the Incredibly Incorrigible, Inconveniently Intelligent Smart Human by Lynn Messina

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Henry and the Incredibly Incorrigible, Inconveniently Intelligent Smart Human By Lynn Messina Tater Tot Books $7.99 ISBN: 978-0984901845 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Every year I swear to myself that I’ll review at least one self-published book written for kids. And every year I manage to do it, but only after sifting through countless manuscripts. [...]

Review of the Day: Pickle by Kim Baker

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Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School By Kim Baker Illustrated by Tim Probert Roaring Brook Press (a division of Macmillan) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-765-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now When I was in college I took a course in journalism to fulfill an English credit. I had no real desire to [...]

Review of the Day: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom By Christopher Healy Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-211743-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Since when did fairytales become the realm of the girly? I blame Disney. Back in the days of Grimm your average everyday fairytale might contain princesses and pretty gowns [...]

Review of the Day: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

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Splendors and Glooms By Laura Amy Schlitz Candlewick Press $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5380-4 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. Do you remember that moment in the film version of The Princess Bride where the grandfather is trying to convince his stubborn grandson that the book he’s about to read is fantastic? He lures the kid [...]

Review of the Day: The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey

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The Vengekeep Prophecies By Brian Farrey Illustrated by Brett Helquist Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-204928-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Let’s talk lazy fantasy writing. It exists. It’s out there. And when you find yourself reading some 30+ middle grade fantasies in a given year there are certain tropes and themes that appear so often [...]

Review of the Day: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

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Goblin Secrets By William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-442434523 Ages 9-12 On shelves now I think it is time to declare the birth of the clockwork children’s novel. If you have been watching the literary trends over the last decade or so, you will note that [...]

Review of the Day – All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket

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All the Wrong Questions: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” By Lemony Snicket Illustrated by Seth Little, Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-12308-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 24th Last year I was running a bookgroup for kids, ages 9-12, when the subject of children’s books adapted into films came up. We talked about [...]

Review of the Day: A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat By Dave Shelton $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-75248-0 Ages 9 and up On shelves now First off, I like it. I think it’s important to make that note right upfront. Particularly since I’m probably going to break out terms like “bizarre”, “peculiar”, “odd”, “weird”, and “eerily strange” (or “strangely [...]

Review of the Day: Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

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Liar & Spy By Rebecca Stead $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-73743-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Rebecca Stead is the M. Night Shyamalan of children’s literature, and I mean that in a good Sixth Sense way, not a lame The Happening one. It’s funny, but when I try to compare her other authors I find myself tongue-tied. [...]

Review of the Day: Robin Hood by David Calcutt

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Robin Hood By David Calcutt Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith Barefoot Books $12.99 ISBN 978-1-84686-799-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves October 1st Robin Hood has, for years now, been the bane of my existence. And yes, I’m well aware that this statement makes me sound like nothing so much as the Sheriff of Nottingham. That [...]

Review of the Day: Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton

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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe By Lutricia Clifton Holiday House $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-8234-2367-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Realistic fiction for kids has more baggage than other fictional genres for that age group. Fantasies and comedies and science fiction get to rely on the extraordinary to weave their tales. Historical fiction, meanwhile, has the nice veil [...]

Review of the Day: Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Summer of the Gypsy Moths By Sara Pennypacker Balzer & Bray (an imprint of Harper Collins) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-196420-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Spoiler Alert – I am giving away every little detail about this book in this review. You have been warned. As a librarian I’m always on the lookout for good middle [...]

Review of the Day: Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

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Starry River of the Sky By Grace Lin Little, Brown and Company $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-316-12595-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 2, 2012 I remember when Grace Lin first started writing chapter books for kids. She’d been doing picture books (mostly for others) for years and when at last she started creating small semi-fictionalized memoirs based [...]

Review of the Day: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Three Times Lucky By Sheila Turnage Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3670-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 10th The Southern Girl Novel. It’s pretty much a genre in and of itself in the children’s literary world. Some years produce more of them than others but they all tend to follow the same format. [...]

Review of the Day: Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

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Eye of the Storm By Kate Messner Walker (a division of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2313-0 Ages 9-14 On shelves now Pity the science geeks, the math geeks, and other kids that love a ripping yarn with a grounding in something other than fantasy. When I troll the shelves of the children’s room in my local [...]