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Review: Flesh and Blood So Cheap

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Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin. Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. 2011. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, that resulted in the deaths of 146 women. Marrin places the Fire within the context of the immigration [...]

Review: Written In Bone

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Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker. Carolrhoda Books. 2009. Personal copy. It’s About: Skeletons from the colonial era reveal details of the past; not just how people died, but how they lived. Walker follows the excavation of several graves, along with the study and research that accompanies [...]

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: 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. [...]

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

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The finalists for the 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults have been announced! The winner will be announced at ALA Midwinter. The five titles are: Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel, published by Amulet/Abrams (2010). From YALSA: “Janis Joplin, a true “fish out of water” in Port Arthur, TX, [...]

Review: From Cover to Cover

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From Cover to Cover (revised edition): Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books by Kathleen T. Horning. HarperCollins. 2010. Personal copy. It’s About: Evaluating and reviewing children’s books. Lordy, but subtitles make my job easy. The Good: From Cover to Cover was published in 1997. Thirteen years later, yes, a lot has changed in publishing and children’s [...]

Review: Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens

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Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens: A Reading Journal for Young Adult Book Lovers by Rachelle Rogers Knight. Sourcebooks. 2010. Copy from publisher. Also by the author: Read, Remember, Recommend: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers It’s About: A book journal for teens that includes a substantial amount of reference material on teen reading: awards, lists, [...]