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Review of the Day: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

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Breadcrumbs By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-06-201505-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 27, 2011 Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen is, let’s admit it, the world’s greatest puberty metaphor. A boy and girl are friends. Something happens and he grows cold [...]

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: 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: The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

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The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang By Amy Ignatow Amulet Books (an imprint of Abrams) $15.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-8421-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now There are good and bad results that occur when a book like Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits the stratosphere. On [...]

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 [...]