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Review of the Day: The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker

The Luck of the Buttons By Anne Ylvisaker Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5066-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. There are kids out there that like historical fiction. I know that there are. I’ve met them. They come into my library and curl their lips in disgust at the covers with the shiny dragons and sparkly […]

Review of the Day: The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

The Trouble with May Amelia By Jennifer L. Holm Illustrated by Adam Gustavson Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-1373-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Reviewing a Jennifer L. Holm book is a bit redundant. Telling anyone that the woman can write is like pointing out that the sky is blue. It’s […]

Review of the Day: The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone

The Romeo and Juliet Code By Phoebe Stone Arthur A. Levine (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-21511-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now It seems unfair that my attention was first drawn to The Romeo and Juliet Code because of its cover. No book deserves to be held responsible for its misleading jacket and Phoebe […]

Review of the Day: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick


Wonderstruck By Brian Selznick Scholastic Press $29.99 ISBN: 978-0545027892 Ages 9 and up On shelves September 13, 2011 Hype. What’s the point? A publisher believes that a book is going to be big so they crank up the old hype machine and do everything in their power to draw attention to it long before its […]

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 […]

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


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: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt


Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt Clarion Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-15260-8 Ages 10-14 On shelves April 18th There are three kinds of literary sequels for kids out there. First, you have the sequel that is so intricately tied into the plot of the first book that not a […]

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


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


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 […]

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


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: 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: The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

The Rock and the River By Kekla Magoon Aladdin (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-7582-3 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I have a variety of different bugaboos that I’ll periodically remove from my bag of standard complaints and shout about for long periods of time. They’re comforting. They bring me […]

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: Stella Stands Alone by A. LaFaye


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 […]