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March, by John Lewis: a Graphic Memoir for Our Time

March Books One, Two, and Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.  Top Shelf Productions, Marietta, GA, 2013, 2015, 2016. With the death of John Lewis and recent demonstrations in support of criminal justice reform, I thought I … Continue reading

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Unique Picture Book a Rare Find for Any Age

A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch! By Janet Halfmann, Illustrated by Abira Das. Pen It! Publications LLC United States 2020. “In a forest clearing of eastern Australia, a little grey kangaroo practiced diving into his mum’s pouch. It seemed easy…until he … Continue reading

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Young Adult Novel, Swing, Serves Up Both Laughter and Tears

Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess. Published by Blink, Grand Rapids Michigan, 2018. “While I’m waiting by the flagpole baking beneath sun hot as the equator, someone walks up behind me, covers my eyes, and whispers in a … Continue reading

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YA Book treats an Important Subject With Sensitivity

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Simon and Shuster Children’s Publishing Division, New York, NY, 2012. “The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea.” Aristotle Mendoza is fifteen. One … Continue reading

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Biography A Welcome Addition to Teach a Difficult Subject

The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls by Janet Halfmann, illustrations by Duane Smith. Lee and Low Books Inc., New York, 2020. (Grades 3-7) The story of Robert Smalls is most likely not known by many. Born to a … Continue reading

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When You Are Brave Helps Kids Through Hard Times

When You Are Brave by Pat Zietlow Miller, Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. Little Brown & Company, New York and Boston, 2019. “Some days, when everything around you seems scary…you have to be brave.” When You are Brave is the story … Continue reading

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In All the Walls of Belfast two teens struggle with the past in order to change their futures.

All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah J. Carlson. Turner Publishing Co. Nashville, TN, 2018. This young adult novel begins with seventeen-year-old Fiona on her way to Ireland to meet her father. Her mother fled Ireland for America when Fiona … Continue reading

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“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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