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A Fuse #8 Production
Inside A Fuse #8 Production

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Today I shall begin by ripping out your heart and stomping it into tiny shreds upon the floor.  You may be aware that for years I have worked with the real Winnie-the-Pooh toys at NYPL.  You may also know that the real Christopher Robin had a serious falling out with his father about the books.  [...]

Review of the Day: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

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Flora and Ulysses By Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by K.G. Campbell Candlewick Press ISBN: 978-0-7636-6742-5 $17.99 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 24th I like a bit of subtlety with my “meaning”. What I mean by that is that when I pick up a book for kids, it’s tough on me, as a reader, to go through [...]

Review of the Day: The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

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The Water Castle By Megan Frazer Blakemore Illustrated by Jim Kay Walker Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-2839-5 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Where does fantasy stop and science fiction begin? Is it possible to ever draw a distinct line in the sand between the two? A book with a [...]

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: 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 [...]

Review of the Day: The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody

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The Dead Gentleman By Matthew Cody Alfred A. Knopf $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85596-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Steampunk will never supplant some of the better known genres out there in the hearts and minds of children. Kids walk into my library every day asking for fantasy, mysteries, funny books, scary books, and what have you. [...]

Review of the Day: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales By Chris Van Allsburg and more Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $24.99 ISBN: 978-0547548104 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 25, 2011 Chris Van Allsburg has always been the Rod Serling of the children’s literary world. Of that there can be no question. With no other author, [...]

Review of the Day: The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout

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The Boy at the End of the World By Greg van Eekhout Bloomsbury Children’s Books $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59990-524-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves June 21, 2011 For all that dystopias are now the #1 hot genre amongst children and teens (having supplanted vampires for the moment) I’ve yet to have a kid actually ask me for [...]

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: Raiders’ Ransom by Emily Diamand

Raiders’ Ransom By Emily Diamand Scholastic $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-14297-7 Ages 10 and up On shelves now Sometimes you just want to read a book that starts off with a bang and then proceeds to run its legs off. A book that’s able to work realistic emotions and characters into a narrative, while also advertising high-concept [...]

Review of the Day: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (Random House imprint) $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-73742-5 Ages 11-14 I’ve been struggling over how to begin this review. I want to get it exactly right. I want to convey to you precisely what it is that I mean to say. If you’ve read any of my [...]

Review of the Day: Boots and Pieces by Emily Ecton

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Boots and Pieces By Emily Ecton Aladdin (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6167-3 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Straight-to-paperback works of fiction do not tend to win great and prestigious literary awards. The term “paperback writer” has never been a term one strives to attain (unless you happen to find yourself in [...]

Review of the Day: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found (The Missing: Book One) By Margaret Peterson Haddix Simon & Schuster $15.99 ISBN: 978-1416954170 Ages 8-14 On shelves now I’m a children’s librarian so I get to see a lot of children’s books pass through my hallowed public library doors. Lots. But a person can’t see everything so once in a while I like [...]