November 17, 2017

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Blast from the (Recent) Past: 13 Great Middle Grade and YA

Set between 1969 and 2010, these works of historical fiction take readers back to a time that seems at once modern and long ago

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Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder | SLJ Review

CROWDER, Melanie. Three Pennies. 192p. ebook available. S. & S./Atheneum. May 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481471879.

Gr 4-6 –Eleven-year-old Marin knows how to stay under the radar. Having been in the foster system since she was four, she knows a thing or two about getting by and has just three rules for survival. The third rule is the most important: “Never, under any circumstances, tell anyone that you’re waiting for your mother to come back for you.” Marin travels […]

Audacity

  Audacity by Melanie Crowder Penguin/Philomel, January 2015 Reviewed from ARC I have a copy all marked up with post its; Audacity is full of lovely language, creatively placed text (srsly, such nice design), and strong recurring images, and I want to put lots of quotes in for oooh-ing and aww-ing purposes. However, I GUESS […]

Breathing New Life into Old Tales | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

There’s plenty to engage teen readers this month, from a creative retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s spine-tingling, gothic tale “The Fall of the House of Usher,” told from the perspective of Madeline Usher, as well as Audacity, Melanie Crowder’s look at Clara Lemlich, a 19th-century activist for workers rights.

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