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Review: Yummy

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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Lee & Low. 2010. Graphic Novel. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: A fictionalized account of the life and death of eleven year old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. The Good: Yummy’s story was brought to national attention in a 1994 Time […]

Review: The Education of Bet

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The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Houghton Mifflin. 2010. Copy provided by review. The Plot: Nineteenth Century England. Elizabeth “Bet” Smith and Will Gardener are sixteen. Will is the nephew and heir of wealthy Paul Gardener, and Uncle Paul wants Will to the the education befitting his station in life. All Will wants is adventure — […]

Review: Spies of Mississippi

Spies of Mississippi:  The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers. National Geographic Society (2010). Copy provided by friend. It’s About: In 1956, the Governor of Mississippi, J.P. Coleman, signed the executive order to create the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. The Commission was “a special […]

Review: They Called Themselves The K.K.K.

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti,  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2010).  Copy from a friend. Nominated for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. It’s About: “Boys, let us get up a club.” In May, 1866, six Confederate soldiers started a “social club.” Bartoletti […]

Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Lish McBride. Henry Holt & Co. 2010. Copy borrowed from friend. The Plot: Sam is your typical slacker — college drop out, working at a fast food restaurant to pay the bills for his tiny apartment, hanging out with his friends. Until the day he accidentally breaks the headlight on a Mercedes while playing potato hockey […]

Review: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel. Amulet Books, 2010. Copy borrowed from a friend. About: Janis Joplin, rock ‘n’ roll singer, perhaps best known for Me and Bobby McGee. This details Joplin’s life, from her teen years in Port Arthur, Texas up to her 1970 death at age 27 from a heroin overdose. […]

Review: Every Bone Tells a Story

Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw, published by Charlesbridge (2010). Review copy from publishers. About: The discoveries of Turkana Boy (Kenya, 1984), Lapedo Child (Portugal, 1998), Kennewick Man (Washington State, 1996) and the Iceman (Italy, 1991) are examined, from discovery to scientific analysis and debate. […]

Review: The Freak Observer

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The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston. Carolrhoda Lab. 2010. Reviewed from uncorrected proof from publisher. The Plot: Loa Lindgren has had a year of heartbreak and loss. Her younger sister died; one friend left town, another was killed in an accident. Her family is shattered first by the loss of a beloved child and next […]

Review: Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool

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Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool by Odo Hirsch. Kane Miller. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: The Bell family did some great things generations ago; they received the Bell House and the surrounding land. In exchange, every twenty-five years a Gift must be made. Cornelius Bell gave the first Gift: an enormous marble […]

Review: The Curse of the Wendigo

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 The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2010. Personal copy. Sequel to The Monstrumologist. The Plot: 1888, New England. Will Henry and his guardian/employer, monstrumologist Pellinore Warthrop, are pulled into another hunt for monsters, this time, the Wendigo. The thing is — Warthrop doesn’t believe in the […]