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Review of the Day: The Meaning of Life… And Other Stuff by Jimmy Gownley

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The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff By Jimmy Gownley Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-8613-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Sometimes it feels to me that when it comes to realistic stories about learning and growing the comic strip world for kids used to have some serious advantages over the [...]

Review of the Day: Trapped by Marc Aronson

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Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert By Marc Aronson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1416913979 Ages 10 and up On shelves August 30, 2011 The notion that history is always happening isn’t necessarily obvious to a kid. I remember [...]

Review of the Day: I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal

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I Must Have Bobo! By Eileen Rosenthal Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-4424-0377-2 For ages 4-8 On shelves now Picture books in which beloved toys go astray are the heart and soul of the industry. The reasons are infinitely clear. When dealing with a four-year-old reader, you [...]

Librarian Preview: Simon & Schuster (Spring 2011)

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Did you get the new Simon & Schuster catalog the other day in the mail?  If you did, did you feel the cover?  It’s a strange thing to ask, I know, but I did.  I felt that cover.  I felt it because there was something new going on there.  It has a thick comfortable texture [...]

Review of the Day: Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson

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Cats’ Night Out By Caroline Stutson Illustrated by J. Klassen Simon & Schuster (A Paula Wiseman Book) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-4005-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Cats that go out to dance at night. I know I’ve seen this trope done before, but it’s hard to remember where. I suppose The Alley Cat’s Meow by Kathi [...]

Review of the Day: Stella Stands Alone by A. LaFaye

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Stella Stands Alone By A. LaFaye Simon and Schuster $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-1164-7 Ages 9-14 On shelves now There is nothing in this livelong world that I hate more than a dishonest historical novel. I mean it. Thumbtack the words “dishonest historical novel” to a dartboard and watch my aim fly true. I’m sure you know [...]

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: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson Simon & Schuster $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-6949-5 Ages 10 and up On shelves October 21, 2008 My discovery of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains came at the best possible time. I had recently read and reviewed Steve Sheinkin’s, King George, What Was His Problem?, a book that looks at the stories behind [...]

Review of the Day: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By Gris Grimly Atheneum (S&S imprint) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1416906254 Ages 5 and up On shelves now You ever get that feeling where a book comes out and your immediate reaction is, “WELL, IT’S ABOUT BLOODY TIME!”? I tend to get this feeling only about books that it never would have [...]

Review of the Day: Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan

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Let It Shine By Ashley Bryan Atheneum (Simon & Schuster imprint) ISBN: 9780689847325 $16.99 Ages 4-8 On shelves now You could take the amount that I know about African-American spirituals and fit it into the hollow of the ear of a flea with room to spare, I think. Put bluntly, I don’t know much. As [...]

Review of the Day: Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

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Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf By Jennifer L. Holm Illustrated by Elicia Castaldi Comics by Matthew Holm Ginee Seo Books, (Simon & Schuster) $12.99 Ages 9 and up On shelves now I remember being 13 or so and talking with a much older cousin of mine. When he asked me what grade I was [...]

Labor Day Recommendations (Part One)

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Oh, you can’t scare me I’m sticking to the union… I’m sticking to the union… I’m sticking to the union… Yep.  It’s Labor Day and you know what that means.  Time to roll out the awesome Labor Day books and give three cheers to our unions.  More specifically, those children’s books that refer to them [...]