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Top 100 books by Indigenous Masters

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Everyone loves a good list but finding lists that reflect the intelligence of experts in a given field can sometimes be tricky.  Consider, if you will, books about American Indians for the kiddos.  I can’t tell you how many summer reading lists I see every year that have The Indian in the Cupboard, The Matchlock [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fusenews: Newbery Fallout

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Oh sure, it may seem like everyone’s all smiles and happiness after the recent announcements of the ALA Media awards, but don’t be fooled.  There’s definitely a deep discord of discontent out there.  Funny thing is, it has nothing to do with the books and everything to do with the day after the awards.  For [...]

Fusenews: The broken motel sign adds a nice touch too

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Oh man.  Sometimes I just don’t manage to keep up with all the news.  Lightning fast round today, folks!  Keep up if you can. A show of hands.  How many of you knew that the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU was hosting, in conjunction with the Institute of African American Affairs, a [...]

Review of the Day: Joha Makes a Wish by Eric A. Kimmel

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Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale By Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Omar Rayyan Marshall Cavendish $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5599-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There was a time, best beloved, when folktales and fairytales were common. Every other season they filled the publishers’ lists and librarians bought such books in droves. My own [...]

Review of the Day: Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Big Red Lollipop By Rukhsana Khan Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Viking (a division of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-670-06287-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. Yeah, I have a little sister. Have since I was six. And like most older siblings I had the usual older sis/younger sis relationship with her you might imagine. We older siblings [...]

Columbus Day Review: A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King

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A Coyote Columbus Story By Thomas King Illustrated by William Kent Monkman Groundwood Books $6.95 978-0-88899-830-9 Ages 5 and up On shelves now Happy Fiorello H. LaGuardia Day!* One of the perks that came with attending the Kidlitosphere Conference was free goodies.  For example, Ellen Klages was kind enough to hand me The Coyote Road: [...]

Review of the Day: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton By Christopher Paul Curtis Scholastic Books $16.99 For ages 10 and up. Before I begin I’d just like to make the note that this is a review from the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. My copy does not have the final text that will appear in the Author’s Note (a fact [...]