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Newbery / Caldecott / Etc. 2012: Post Awards Edition

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Since it’s apparently football season (or at least that’s what the trending topics on Twitter seem to imply) think of this as a kind of post-game recap of what went on yesterday in the land of ALA Media Awards.  Each year I like to look at what I got right, what I got wrong, what [...]

A Fuse #8 Prediction: Newbery / Caldecott 2012

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When you consider the fact that whole hoards of librarians will be traipsing Texas-ward this week so as to attend the Midwinter American Library Association Conference, this post is pretty much coming in at the last possible moment.  Even as we speak committee members are girding their loins (or whatever it is committee members gird) [...]

Review of the Day: Toys Come Home by Emily Jenkins

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Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic By Emily Jenkins Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Schwartz & Wade $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86200-7 Ages 5-10 On shelves now I’m feeling tetchy. Let’s set out some rules when it comes to prequels of children’s books [...]

Review of the Day: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-5559-4 Ages 11 and up On shelves now I don’t mind metaphors as much as I might. I think that generally I’m supposed to hate them when they show up in children’s literature. I [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2012: The Fall Prediction Edition

*sniff sniff* Smell that?  That’s the sweet scent of an upcoming award season.  It’s already beginning to drift our way from the future.  Things are clearly heating up since we’re seeing two award-based blogs up and running.  For Newbery fans Heavy Medal has already come out of the gate swinging.  Between the inevitable comparison between [...]

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: 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: 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 [...]

Newbery/Caldecott 2012: Mid-Year Projections/Predictions

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Normally I’d do this kind of post for June 15th but there’s a possibility that I might be a bit busy on that date, so we’ll do it now for kicks.  It’s time for our mid-year Newbery/Caldecott querying.  I’ve already indulged in some Spring Predictions, but I prefer the Summer ones because at this point [...]

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

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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 [...]

Newbery / Caldecott 2012: The Spring Prediction Edition

I know some of you just hate it when award talk starts too early. And certainly ten months before the awards in question. . . well that’s the very definition of early, is it not? But I’ve been doing these for three years now and I rather enjoy them. This is also the first year [...]

Review of the Day: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette By Jeanne Birdsall Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85851-2 Ages 7-12 On shelves May 10th When Jeanne Birdsall’s first middle grade novel The Penderwicks was published in 2005 it committed a crime. A crime shared, I might add, by books written by authors like Dr. Seuss, J.K. [...]

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

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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: Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Candace Fleming Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84198-9 Ages 10 and up On shelves February 8, 2011 When I was growing up my schoolroom classes would routinely learn about the great unsolved mysteries of the world. How they made Stonehenge. [...]