May 25, 2017

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Shut up, Rihanna

I guess the phrase “last night on TV” has been rendered obsolete, but last night on TV we watched the fourth episode of the second season of The Path, a Hulu series starring Hugh Dancy, Michelle Monaghan, and Aaron Paul about people in a cult–true believers, skeptics, and apostates (sometimes all in the same character, as […]

Shut up, Rihanna

I guess the phrase “last night on TV” has been rendered obsolete, but last night on TV we watched the fourth episode of the second season of The Path, a Hulu series starring Hugh Dancy, Michelle Monaghan, and Aaron Paul about people in a cult–true believers, skeptics, and apostates (sometimes all in the same character, as […]

Book Review: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Publisher’s description Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances.   One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain […]

Top 10 Music | 2016

Must-have albums from 2016, destined to get toes tapping, selected by ClefNotes columnist, Veronica DeFazio.

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New Music from The Okee Dokee Brothers | ClefNotes

Reviews of recent children’s music albums.

Diana Panton & Sonia De Los Santos | ClefNotes

Diana Panton’s debut album for children and families; Sonia de Los Santos’s gorgeous, Spanish-language songs; the latest from The Not-Its.

Book Review: The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens

Publisher’s description Sixteen-year-old Austin is always messing up and then joking his way out of tough spots. The sudden appearance of his allegedly dead father, who happens to be the very-much-alive rock star Shane Tyler, stops him cold. Austin—a talented musician himself—is sucked into his newfound father’s alluring music-biz orbit, pulling his true love, Josephine, […]

Laurie Berkner, Lisa Loeb, & Rolie Polie Guacamole | ClefNotes

Reviews of recent albums for children.

Best Children’s Album Grammy Nominees | ClefNotes

Reviews of the GRAMMY Award nominees for the Best Children’s Album, and more.

Book Review: This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

Publisher’s description Ramona fell for Sam the moment she met him. It was like she had known him forever. He’s one of the few constants in her life, and their friendship is just too important to risk for a kiss. Though she really wants to kiss him… Sam loves Ramona, but he would never expect […]

One-on-one with the legendary Raffi | ClefNotes

In the first installment of ClefNotes, SLJ‘s new music column, Veronica De Fazio interviews children’s music legend Raffi about his advocacy work and his new album.