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December 18, 2014

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10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014

10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014

You never know how these preview things are going to turn out. Sometimes there’s a bunch of lesser-known books that jump out, other times it’s stuff that’s already been building some buzz. Today is more latter than former. What follows are 10 books for the summer season that look promising. Picture Books Peanut Butter and [...]

Pick of the Day: The Caged Graves

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A suspenseful mystery set in 1867 Pennsylvania

Pick of the Day: Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?

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a small green duck frets unnecessarily about some “misplaced” socks

Pick of the Day: Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey

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GOLIO, Gary. Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey. illus. by Rudy Gutierrez. 48p. bibliog. discography. further reading. websites. Clarion. 2012. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-547-23994-1.
Gr 4-6–
A well-conceived marriage of art and text breathes life and passion into this picture biography. Swirling strokes of vibrant colors give the book an almost cinematic quality, animating Coltrane’s passionate journey from a joyous, nurturing early childhood with a loving extended family to the despair of losing too many loved ones in a short time. The [...]

Interview: Gary Golio Talks About ‘Spirit Seeker’

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Gary Golio speaks to SLJ about his latest picture book, Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey (Clarion, 2012), which deals with the tumultuous life of the legendary jazz musician.