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My First Re-Review: The Qwikpick Papers – Poop Fountain by Tom Angleberger

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Here’s something I’ve never done before.  For years I’ve been waiting for the moment when a book I loved and reviewed dipped out of print only to come back again.  Since I’ve only been doing this gig since 2006 I wasn’t sure what that first book would be.  Then, this year, I got my answer.  [...]

Review of the Day: brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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brown girl dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978- 0399252518 Ages 9-12 On shelves August 28th What does a memoir owe its readers? For that matter, what does a fictionalized memoir written with a child audience in mind owe its readers? Kids come into public libraries every day [...]

Review of the Day: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

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The Great Greene Heist By Varian Johnson Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-52552-7 Ages 10 and up On shelves May 27th What is the ultimate child fantasy? I’m not talking bubble gum sheets or wizards that tell you you’re “the chosen one”. Let’s think a little more realistically here. When [...]

Review of the Day: The Other Side of Free by Krista Russell

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The Other Side of Free By Krista Russell Peachtree Publishers $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-56145-710-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Have you ever read the adult book How I Became a Famous Novelist? Bear with me for a second here, I know what I’m doing. You see, in the title the author decides that he wants to become [...]

2014 Kids of Color: Things Are Looking Up

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You know why I’m looking forward to 2014?  It’s not the fresh start that comes with every turn of the globe.  It’s not the incipient birth of my second child (I lie . . . it is that, but for the purposes of this piece we’re going to pretend that it’s not).  It’s not the [...]

Review of the Day: Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry

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Written in Stone By Rosanne Parry Random House $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86971-6 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Finding books of historical fiction for kids about Native Americans is an oddly limited proposition. Basically, it boils down to Pilgrims, the Trail of Tears, the occasional 1900s storyline (thank God for Louise Erdrich), and . . . yeah, [...]

Review of the Day: A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar

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A Song for Bijou By Josh Farrar Walker Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Bloomsbury) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8027-3394-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Now let us discuss the middle school book. It is, arguably, the most forgotten book of its kind on a library and/or bookstore shelf. The book written for your average everyday [...]

Review of the Day: A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk

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A Girl Called Problem By Katie Quirk Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $8.00 ISBN: 97800-8028-5404-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Who says that mystery novels for kids all have to include the same tropes and settings? I tell you, half the time when a kid comes up to a reference desk asking for a mystery [...]

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: The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone By Christopher Paul Curtis Wendy Lamb Books $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-73491-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. *Spoilers Included!* Fact: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a new book from Christopher Paul Curtis is a great good thing. Fact: There is a new book out there. It is by Christopher Paul Curtis. [...]

Review of the Day: Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

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Ghetto Cowboy By G. Neri Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson Candlewick Press $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4922-7 Ages 10 and up. On shelves now. Fun Fact: Parents these days speak in code. As a New York children’s librarian I had to learn this the hard way. Let’s say they want a folktale about a girl outwitting a [...]

Review of the Day: Hidden by Helen Frost

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Hidden By Helen Frost Frances Foster Books (Farrar Straus & Giroux) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-38221-6 Ages 10 and up On shelves now. If poems had been introduced to me as a child as puzzles, maybe I would have taken to them a little more. A poem is a kind of puzzle, isn’t it? Depending on the [...]

Review of the Day: Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

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Words in the Dust By Trend Reedy Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-26125-8 Ages 11 and up. On shelves now. A children’s book, written by a soldier about an Afghani girl, set in the recent past. That’s a toughie. There are a lot of easier books out there to review [...]

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 [...]