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Children in the Holocaust | Mini-Reviews

Maurice and His Dictionary

Two graphic novels about children in the Holocaust provide an introduction to the topic that’s appropriate for young readers.

Halloween in July | Books in Brief

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, so why not Halloween in July? Who doesn’t like a good spooky story, or a story filled with magical powers all year round? Here’s a taste of a few titles I’ve read that are an excellent Halloween fit

HiLo Vol. 7 | Review

Book Cover HiLo 7

n Hilo, vol. 7, Gina takes center stage with a new story arc, but the characters and events of the previous volumes are not forgotten. That’s a long time to wait! My 9-year-old daughter had the same reaction!

Review: White Bird

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R.J. Palacio’s ‘White Bird’ needs to be read, says Esther Keller, and it’s a natural pick for fans of her novel ‘Wonder’

2019 Eisner Nominations

While I was on Spring Break, the Eisner nominations were announced. The Eisner Awards, which is in its 31st year, are named for famed graphic novelist/artist Will Eisner.

Review: Mech Cadet Yu

Though I read these volumes out of order, I really enjoyed the stories. This series is quite different than my “normal” reading, but I’m always thrilled when I can enjoy a title that will be a perfect fit for the boys who come to the library. (And girls too… But this will be an easy sell to the boys.)

Books in Brief: A Hodgepodge

Share Your Smile: Raina's Guide to Telling Your Own Story

I’ve been reading such a Hodge Podge of books. There’s no rhyme or reason to what I’m reading. There are review copies coming to my doorstep that interest me and books arriving in new shipments and books I hear about finally available at the library. So here’s a few random titles…

Books in Brief: Early Spring-Cleaning Edition

Some quick reviews of spring releases.

Books in Brief: Unicorns, Bears, and Indian Wool (Pashminas)

Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson ISBN 978-1-4494-7791-2 $9.99 pbk Amp Kids, c2016 Unicorn Crossing: Another Phoebe and her Unicorn Adventure ISBN 978-1-4494-8357-9 $9.99 pbk Amp Kids, c2017 If young readers haven’t found Phoebe and her best friend the Unicorn, they have been missing out. Snarky, glib, and just plain fun, Phoebe and her best […]

Books in Brief: Sand, Swine, and Shadows

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel ISBN 978-1-101-93586-6 $18.99 hc Random House, c2017 The first in a presumably five-part series, Sand Warrior creates a unique and colorful world. Oona’s sister was destined to light the ancient beacon to restore their planet and make it healthy again, but Oona is unable to control her […]