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Flashback: November 2011

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A look back at what I reviewed in November 2011. Also, how can it be November already? Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. From my review: “Saigon, 1975. Ha is ten, the youngest (and only daughter) in her family. While the war has touched her life — her parents fled North Vietnam years ago; her father […]

Flashback October 2006

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And now, a look back at what I reviewed in October 2006! Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamel Akib. From my review: “The story is framed by the Hindu holiday Rakhi, a holiday that is about brothers and sisters. Arun wishes he had a sister so that he could celebrate Rakhi. A few months later, he […]

Flashback October 2008

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A look at what I reviewed in October 2008: Beyond Leveled Books: Supporting Early and Transitional Readers in Grades K-5 by Karen Szymusiak, Franki Sibberson, and Lisa Koch. From my review: “I’d further suggest it to parents who are trying to understand what is going on in their child’s classroom and what is happening with their child’s […]

Flashback October 2009

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A look back at what I reviewed in October 2009: The Haunting of Derek Stone: City of the Dead (The Haunting of Derek Stone, Book 1) by Tony Abbott. From my review: “It all started when Derek and his family were in a horrible train wreck; his father’s and brother’s bodies aren’t found. Weeks later, a miracle. […]

Flashback October 2011

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And now, a look back to what I reviewed in October 2011. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King. From my review: “I enjoy Stephen King’s books; when I  compare books I read to him, it’s a very big complement. If I had to pick only one author that would still be read a hundred years from […]

Flashback September 2006

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A look back at what I reviewed in September 2006! I’m Going To… Reviews of I’m Going To New York To Visit The Lions illustrated by Tanya Roitman, text copyright by Harriet Ziefert Inc. From my review: “Isn’t it obvious? Road Trip to NYC” and I’m Going To Boston To Visit The Ducks, same, “Road trip to […]

Flashback September 2008

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What was I reading in September 2008? The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff. From my review: “Phaedrus looks exactly like the missing Midir. Why not put him on the throne instead, and remove Liadhan from power? So Phaedrus pretends to be Midir — pretends to be King — and gets more than […]

Flashback September 2009

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And now, a look back at what I reviewed in September 2009: The Squirrel’s Birthday by Toon Tellegen. Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. From my review: “Simple stories with the logic of childhood. Squirrel has a birthday; he invites people by writing invitations on beech bark. The wind delivers the invitations and the acceptances.” Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon […]

Flashback September 2011

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And now, a look back to what I reviewed in September 2011! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffee and Annie Barrows. From my review: “London, 1946. Author Juliet Ashton, thirtysomething, is looking for an idea for a new book when she gets a letter from Dawsey Adams, a farmer from Guernsey […]

Flashback August 2006

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Time to take a look at what I reviewed in August 2006! Cheating At Solitaire by Ally Carter. From my review: “Julia James is a famous self-help writer. Her area of expertise? Being single — and being happy and fulfilled being single. She’s written such books with titles like Table for One, Spaghetti and Meatball: Meals for the Single […]