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Review: Hereville

Esther Keller

Since its release Hereville by Barry Deutsch has received many accolades, from rave reviews to a Sydney Taylor Book Award in 2011. The book has an interesting blend of fantasy, girl power, and a window to another world. Robin Brenner and I sat down to discuss this book from our two different worlds.

Comics Showcased at NYC School Librarian Conference

Esther Keller

Book Expo, Comic Con, ALA Annual. If you’re a librarian, book seller or publisher, you’ve probably heard of one if not all of these conferences. Chances are, unless you are a NYC School Librarian, you haven’t heard of the NYC School Librarian’s Fall Conference. Each fall, NYC School librarians gather for a mini conference. There’s a keynote speaker, exhibitors, and many breakout sessions. (Keep in mind that NYC Schools service over 1 million students. There is no exact number of how many librarians there are, but there are a lot!)

Archie Everlasting

Esther Keller

“I have the answer to your question,” Morgan told me the other day. It took me a moment to remember what question I had asked her, but glancing down at the 3 comic books she was returning, all Archie Double Digests, I remembered. I had asked her to tell me why she enjoyed the Archie comics so much.

Review: Papercutz Slices

Esther Keller

Not everyone understands the art of satire and often the humor hurts and well… slices to the core.  Which is exactly what the folks at Papercutz attempted to do. They’ve taken the most popular series and using the sly, wry, and hysterical humor of satire poked fun at today’s pop culture.

Review: Good Vs. Evil

Esther Keller

Deceivingly slim and simple these little comics can be read, understood, and enjoyed in multiple ways.

Review: Page by Paige

Esther Keller
page by paige

Moving to a new city in the middle of high school and mid-year is a challenge for any teen. For Paige Turner it’s an opportunity to discover herself.

Roundtable: Americus

Esther Keller

Each year the American Library Association sets one week aside to celebrate the freedom to read which has become known as Banned Books Week. Librarians are often at the forefront of censorship battles. But they are not the only ones affected. Most often it is children and ordinary citizens that suffer when their freedom to read is compromised. This year, just in time for Banned Books Week, First Second Publishers released a graphic novel that grapples with these topics. Originally serialized at Americus is now a published graphic novel .

Review: Wonderstruck

Esther Keller

Fans of The Invention of Hugo Cabaret have long waited to see what author/illustrator Brian Selznick would do next with his ground breaking format. Could he meet or exceed reader’s expectations? Finally, his latest release has been released and will it receive the same accolades as before

Interview: Carla Jablonski

Esther Keller

It was sometime last year that Resistance by Carla Jablonski landed in my mailbox. To be honest, I fell into the old cliché… don’t judge a book by its cover. I just didn’t want to read it. For whatever reason, this didn’t appeal. I’m so glad I got over myself, because I would have missed a fabulous story. Then to my delight, I found out that Resistance wasn’t a one volume story. It was slated to be a trilogy. Part 2, Defiance, was released in July.

Hurricane Preparedness

Esther Keller

What a week for mother nature! First an earthquake that was felt all the way to New York City, prompting the evacuation of City Hall and many other buildings throughout the city. Now Hurricane Irene is baring down on the East Coast. A hurricane, which forecasters say, will match the characteristics of both hurricane Gloria (1985) and Floyd (1999).