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Sleeping Beauty Grows up in E.K. Johnston’s YA Novel, Spindle

Spindle by E.K. Johnston, Hyperion, New York, NY, 2016. “The little rose was only five years old when her parents ruined my mother and brought ruination to my own life. I can tell the story like I was there, though … Continue reading

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Award Winning Hawk a Cautionary Tale for Earth Day

Hawk by Jennifer Dance, Dundurn Publishers Toronto, Ontario, 2016 “Less than an hour ago, I was Adam, the long-distance runner. Now I’m Adam, the boy who…I can’t even bring myself to say it.” The young adult novel, Hawk, begins from … Continue reading

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Midnight Teacher a Suspenseful Non-Fiction Choice

Midnight Teacher Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by London Ladd. Lee & Low Books Inc., New York, NY 2018. “From a young age, Lilly Ann Eliza Cox believed the path to freedom was through … Continue reading

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Three New Picture Books Make Great Gifts

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (or even if you have-there’s always room for books, right?) here’s three delightful picture books for the younger set that were just published in 2017. Spring Hare by Eugene Yelchin. Henry Holt and … Continue reading

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One Wolf’s Fascinating Journey will Delight and Educate Young Readers

JOURNEY Based on the True Story of OR7 The Most Famous Wolf in the West by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Robin James. Little Bigfoot, imprint of Sasquatch Books, Seattle WA, 2016. When a young girl, Abby, hears that a … Continue reading

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Stunning Picture Book is Perfect for this Season

The Gold Leaf by Kirsten Hall, illustrations by Matthew Forsythe. Enchanted Lion Books, Brooklyn New York, 2017. Breathtaking. That was my first response when I came across this beautifully illustrated book. My granddaughter received it for her birthday and with … Continue reading

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Mari’s Hope a Suspenseful Conclusion to the Trilogy

Mari’s Hope by Sandy Brehl. Crickhollow Books/Crispin Books, Milwaukee, WI 2017. “Suddenly the door to the main house flew open. Two soldiers burst out, tumbling off the steps and shouting at each other. She crouched beside the hedge, shivering as … Continue reading

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