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Review: GO

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GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd. Workman Publishing. 2013. Library copy. YALSA Nonfiction Finalist. It’s About: A book about graphic design, designed in such a way to both show and tell what graphic design is. The Good: To be honest, the nonfiction titles on the YALSA Nonfiction Finalist that are about history are [...]

Flashback: February 2011

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A look back at what I reviewed in February 2011. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta. From my review: “The Piper’s Son left me breathless with heart pounding — it is a beautifully written love song about the flaws and strengths of family and the long journey of grief, about the love and laughter and disappointments that tie [...]

Review: Imprisoned

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Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler. Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury. 2013. Review copy from publisher. YALSA Nonfiction Finalist. It’s About: The United States entered World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The history of the Japanese [...]

Review: Courage Has No Color

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Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick Press. 2013. Library copy. YALSA Nonfiction Finalist. It’s About: During World War II, the US Armed Forces were segregated. This discrimination also included what roles African American men were, and weren’t, allowed. Combat? No. Cleaning? [...]

Review: Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets

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Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2013. Personal copy. Morris shortlist. The Plot: James Whitcomb, sixteen, has nicknames for his parents: the Brute and the Banshee. That may be all you need to know about his home life. But here’s some more: his parents threw his older sister out [...]

Review: The Nazi Hunters

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The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. 2013. Library copy. YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist. It’s About: In 1960, a group of Israeli spies and operatives captured the Nazi fugitive, Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann had been in [...]

Review: The President Has Been Shot

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The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson. Scholastic. 2013. YALSA Nonfiction Award Shortlist. It’s About: The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.  The Good: The past November — the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK — I watched a lot of specials and documentaries about [...]

Review: Belle Epoque

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Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. Delacorte Press, Random House. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Morris shortlist. The Plot: Paris, France. 1888/1889. Maud Pichon, 16, had big dreams when she ran away from her small village in Brittany and an arranged marriage. Her dreams have changed to one thing: survival. The money she took from her father [...]

Review: Charm and Strange

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Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Library copy. Morris Shortlist. The Plot: Win, 16, is at a New England boarding school, physically distanced from his family in Virginia, emotionally distanced from his classmates. Flashbacks show him as an angry child, Drew, sometimes violent. Win has secrets. Secrets about who he was; [...]

Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Amulet Books. 2013. Library copy. Morris Shortlist. The Plot: 1918. Mary Shelley Black, 16, has fled Portland, Oregon following her father’s arrest for treason. She is going to stay with her aunt, Eva, in San Diego. San Diego has changed since the last time she was there, [...]