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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.

One Last Book for Summer Reading

Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens. Aladdin, Simon and Schuster, New York, NY 2016 “You don’t expect your life to change because of a toothbrush. But that’s really how my summer of lost and found started, with one … Continue reading

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Tricia Clasen Skillfully Handles the Subject of Grief for Young Readers

The Haunted House Project, by Tricia Clasen. Sky Pony Press, New York, NY, 2016 “I stop outside my dad’s bedroom door. Sometimes I think I can still smell her here. Right now, I’d love even a hint of the stuff … Continue reading

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The Perfect Book for Exploring Nature with a Grandchild

Grandma is a Slowpoke by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Michele Coxon. Star Bright Books, Cambridge Massachusetts, 2015. Being four-years-old apparently means inventing “games,” in which my granddaughter and I have different names and parts to play. Many times these games … Continue reading

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History Comes Alive in Civil Rights Books

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this month I’m reviewing two books that articulate the importance of non-violent direct action to the civil rights movement. These books are not just for young people. Everyone interested in the civil rights … Continue reading

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Unlikely Friendship at the Heart of A Handful of Stars

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord. Scholastic Press, New York, NY, 2015. When Lucky, Lily’s blind dog, races across a blueberry barren, a young girl catches him by offering him her peanut butter sandwich. When Lily meets Salma Santiago, … Continue reading

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Fast Moving Sequel Keeps Reader Enthralled – (Don’t Miss the Book Give-A-Way!)

Bjorn’s Gift by Sandy Brehl. Crispin Books, an imprint of Crickhollow Books, Milwaukee, WI, 2016. “Mari knew that writing to her brother could never happen with Germans in control. They read everyone’s mail, listened to phone calls, followed people in … Continue reading

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The Thing About Jellyfish

      The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, 2015. “Mrs. Turton says that if you lived to be eighty years old, your heart would beat three billion times.” Suzy Swanson is … Continue reading

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This Hero Soars in Middle Grade Novel

Soar by Joan Bauer. Viking, New York, NY 2016. Middle Grade, 297 pages. “I’m probably twelve years old; that’s what the doctor’s think.” Jeremiah was left in the snack room of a Computer firm. He was in his baby chair … Continue reading

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Animal Teachers Invite a Fun Parent Child Dialog

Animal Teachers by Janet Halfmann illustrations by Katy Hudson. Blue Apple Books, Maplewood, NJ 07040. “Did you ever try to bite your toes?” It’s the question asked after explaining how baby chicks peck at everything, including their toes. A young … Continue reading

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One Plastic Bag, the Story of a Village and the Women Who Saved it.

One Plastic Bag, Isatou Ceesay and the recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul, illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon, Millbrook Press, Minneapolis, MN 2015  “Isatou walks with her chin frozen. Fat raindrops pelt her bare arms. Her face hides in … Continue reading

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