September 27, 2016

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Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story

 Steamboat School: Inspired by  a True Story Written by Deborah Hopkinson      Illustrated by Ron Husband Published in 2016 by Disney-  Hyperion Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-142312196-1 Book Review “I always thought being brave was for grown-up heroes doing big, daring deeds. But Mama says that sometimes courage is just an ordinary boy like me […]

The Gallery

 The Gallery Written by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN #978-0-525-42865-7 Grades 5 and up Book Review It’s said that what happened to the once vibrant, brazen heiress “Wild Rose” Pritchard is “What happens to most girls . . . She got married. She settled, eventually. And then—” But […]

Review of the Day: Makoons by Louise Edrich

Makoons By Louise Erdrich Harper Collins $16.99 ISBN: 9780060577933 Ages 7-12 On shelves now They say these days you can’t sell a novel for kids anymore without the book having some kind of “sequel potential”. That’s not really true, but there are a heck of a lot of series titles out there for the 7 […]

Adam Gidwitz’s Illuminating Medieval Adventure | Under the Covers

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Gidwitz, author of the popular “Tale Dark and Grimm” series, discusses his latest work, an ambitious and well-crafted historical adventure set in medieval France.

Gold & Old: Sports and Historical Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

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You’ll find something to entice your teen readers, whether they can’t tear themselves away from coverage of the Olympics are jonesing for an immersive historical read.

Review: ‘Compass South’

The worst part of this book? That I already finished. After all, when I first noticed it was 224 pages, I thought, even in comic form this might keep me busy for a little while—but before I knew it the book was done and I wanted more! The good news? There are three more planned […]

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz | SLJ Review

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Gidwitz, Adam. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog. illus. by Hatem Aly. 384p. Dutton. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525426165.
Gr 5-10–What is a miracle? Is a miracle what happens when, faced with murderous bandits, a teenage monk rips a leg off his donkey, beats them to death with it, then restores the donkey’s leg? Or is it a miracle when a cranky innkeeper is so moved by a little girl’s friendliness that he risks his […]

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Written by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis Vallejo
Published by Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN # 978-0763669546

Grades 3 and up

Book Review

The year was 1958, and jazz music was everywhere in full for…

Diana’s White House Garden

Diana’s White House Garden Written by Elisa Carbone and Illustrated by Jen Hill Published by Viking in 2016 ISBN 978-0-670-01649-5 Grades PK – 6 Book Review The year is 1943; America is at war and the inhabitants of the White House include President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his wife Eleanor, and a spunky ten year old […]

Diana’s White House Garden

Diana’s White House Garden

Written by Elisa Carbone and Illustrated by Jen Hill

Published by Viking in 2016

ISBN 978-0-670-01649-5

Grades PK – 6

Book Review

The year is 1943; America is at war and the inhabitants of
the White House i…

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket Written by Deborah Hopkinson Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6 Grades 4-8 Book Review “These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an American, New York City-born. And why not? Because, in a way, I was born here.” Rocco Zaccaro is ripped away from […]

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The
Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Written by Deborah Hopkinson

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6

Grades 4-8

Book Review

“These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an Ameri…

True Dystopia: Three New Wartime Novels for Tweens | The Upper Deck

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These three recent historical novels about wartime survival should appeal to upper middle graders and teens.

Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale Written by Kate DiCamillo Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-8117-3 Grades 4-8 Book Review  “The world went on. People left and people died and people went to memorial services and put orange blocks of cheese into their purses. People confessed to you that they were hungry all the time. And then you […]

American Girls | Historical Fiction Featuring Feisty Females

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Looking for strong female characters in stories steeped in period detail to recommend for Women’s History Month? Share these exciting new young adult novels and short stories with your patrons.

Why “The Hired Girl” Won the 2016 O’Dell Award

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The win strikes a chord of redemption for supporters of the controversial book following a wide-ranging discussion over the main character’s prejudiced outlooks.

The 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

The 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz, published by Candlewick Press. When Joan’s father burns her beloved books as an undeserved punishment for shirking her housework, the put-upon fourteen-year-old makes a reckless gambit for freedom, running away to Baltimore in search of paid work. There […]

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Sort of historical

I have just realized that we’ve reviewed a lot of historical fiction this year. Karyn was talking about a strong year for fantasy, but I’m over here impressed by historical fiction in 2015. Or our sort-of-historicals, as is the case for one of these. This week, we’ve got two past winners, and both authors provide […]

Show and Prove

Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero Knopf Books for Young Readers, July 2015 Reviewed from a ARC Karyn started out the week gushing about what a banner year for fantasy it is. I’m a little closer to Joy’s wavelength because I’ve got some (historical) realistic fiction to cover in this post. Joy also talked about SIGNIFICANCE […]

Ordinary Kids, Extraordinary Circumstances: World War II Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

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Set against a backdrop of dramatic world events, three engrossing and vividly written novels provide glimpses at history from the relatable perspectives of their young narrators.