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About stephanielowden

I am the author of two middle grade novels: Time of the Eagle, published by Blue Horse Books, and Jingo Fever, published by Crickhollow Books. Time of the Eagle is a survival story and takes place during the fur trade era in the Lake Superior region. Jingo Fever takes place during WWI and deals with bullying amidst an anti-immigrant atmosphere.

“A Green Place To Be” is Perfect Non-fiction To Ignite Young Reader’s Curiosity

A Green Place To Be, The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani. Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, 2016, 2019. “Central Park in Manhattan is green and growing and full of life. It’s a vibrant jewel at the heart of … Continue reading

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“Out of School” a Perfect Non-Fiction Read for Earth Day

Out of School and Into Nature, the Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Jessica Lanan. Sleeping Bear Press Ann Arbor Michigan, 2017. “From the time she was no higher than a daisy, Anna was wild about nature.” Out … Continue reading

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Irish Novels Celebrate the Immigrant Experience

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I re-read two novels that I had purchased at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest in 2008. These stories depict the immigrant experience in all it’s joys and sorrows. An interview with the author follows. The … Continue reading


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Susan Jeffers Creates a Nutcracker for All Ages

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers. Harper Collins New York, NY 2007. When I look for a picture book, I look for the pictures. That may seem obvious, but all picture books are not created equal. I want the illustrations to … Continue reading

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Stunning Hawk’s Rising will Inspire Many a Young Birder

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari, pictures by Brian Floca. Roaring Brook Press, New York, NY, 2018. “Father Hawk stretches wide his wings. You stretch your arms as Mars rises red in the sky.” Hawk Rising begins and ends with both … Continue reading

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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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