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Review of the Day: Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Jefferson’s Sons By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3499-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 15th When I was in high school I started reading Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved on my own. At the time, my mother said something about the book that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever [...]

Fusenews: Hand me my smelling salts! I think I have the vapors!

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There was a kerfuffle this weekend.  Did you notice?  It was a YA kerfuffle, which I generally tend to avoid, but sometimes inanity makes for good blogging.  And nothing was quite as inane as the recent Wall Street Journal article Darkness Too Visible.  The gist: My goodness, my gracious, have you seen what kids are [...]

Review of the Day: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

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Dead End in Norvelt By Jack Gantos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (an imprint of Macmillan) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-37993-3 Ages 10-14 On shelves September 13, 2011 What makes Jack Gantos tick? It’s a question that haunts every book he writes, from the simplest Rotten Ralph to his own YA autobiography Hole in My Life. It’s a [...]

Review of the Day: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again By Thanhha Lai Harper Collins $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-196278-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Thinking about the most memorable of children’s novels, one trait in all of them has to ring true in order for them to click with their readers. The books must contain some kind of “meaning”. Even the [...]

Review of the Day: Eliza’s Freedom Road by Jerdine Nolen

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Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary By Jerdine Nolen A Paula Wiseman Book (Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-5814-7 Ages 7-11 On shelves now Name me all the films you can that involve slaves escaping via The Underground Railroad. No? Okay then, I’ll make it easy on you. Name me a single film, just [...]

Review of the Day: Thunder from the Sea by Jeff Weigel

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Thunder from the Sea: Adventure On Board the HMS Defender By Jeff Weigel G.P. Putnam’s Sons (a division of Penguin) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-2509-7 Ages 8 and up. On shelves now Kids don’t pretend to be sailors anymore. Did they ever? I think so. There must have been a time when the lure of seaside battles [...]

Fusenews: Chicken pox for the soul

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We begin today with a mild pet peeve of mine.  Here we go.  You see this lovely new paperback edition cover of the book Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me?  Well I had great affection for the original story, though I was relatively lukewarm on its first cover.  [...]

Review of the Day – Wiff and Dirty George: The Z.E.B.R.A. Incident by Stephen Swinburne

Wiff and Dirty George: The Z.E.B.R.A. Incident By Stephen Swinburne Boyd Mills Press $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-755-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Once in a great while I get a little bored with the usual children’s book tropes. Another new kid in school who meets a seeming outcast and bonds with them? Whoopie. A foster kid [...]

Review of the Day: The (Mostly) True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

The (Mostly) True Adventures of Homer P. Figg By Rodman Philbrick Blue Sky Press (a Scholastic imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-439-66818-7 Ages 9 and up On shelves now Ah, the inveterate child liar. The chronic juvenile dissembler. Is there any more classic character you can name? Whether it’s The Artful Dodger, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, The [...]

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: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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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: Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse

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Brooklyn Bridge By Karen Hesse Feiwel and Friends $16.95 ISBN: 978-0-312-37886-8 Ages 12 and up On shelves September 2nd.  Yeah, I know.  Sorry ’bout that.  I’ve been trying to be better about doing books too far in advance but . . . I’m just so gosh-darned excited about this one. Cause Karen Hesse is back, [...]

Review of the Day – Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm

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Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow By James Sturm Illustrated by Rich Tommaso Jump at the Sun (Hyperion imprint) The Center for Cartoon Studies ISBN: 978-0786839018 $9.99 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. Graphic novel biographies are touch-and-go affairs.  For example, Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi did little for [...]