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February 11, 2016

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Review: Is Mommy? by Victoria Chang

Is Mommy? By Victoria Chang Illustrated by Marla Frazee Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781481402927 $15.99 Grades PreK-1 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Rarely do I read something and think, “Wait. You can do that in a picture book?” But that was exactly my experience reading Is […]

Thumper’s Dad (A Roundup)

Once upon a time ago, over on Heavy Medal, Jonathan very boldly (and wittily) ran a post with just a title and the cover of the book. His point was that sometimes you just don’t have anything good to say about a book, so why say anything at all? I’m not nearly as bold, nor […]

Double Trouble

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest Scholastic, May 2015 Reviewed from a final copy Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasaak-Lowy Simon & Schuster, April 2015 Reviewed from an ARC And hey! It’s a twofer Friday to balance out our start to the week. We’ve got two […]

Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB Award; “Selma for Students” | News Bites

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Lee & Low Wins INDIEFAB’s Publisher of the Year Award; Paramount will give a “Selma” DVD to all U.S. high schools; ParentSquare CEO receives Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award; and more industry news.

From Medieval England to the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire

From Medieval England to the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire

Two exciting and very different historical novels today. First, a medieval murder mystery set in 1350 England. A 17-year-old is called home to run his family’s Manor after his brothers and fathers are killed by the plague. That’s hard enough, but then a young girl is murdered. We are not the only ones singing the praises […]

The Sweetheart

The Sweetheart

Here is a great debut novel that brings universal themes to a unique and unusual story. The Sweetheart is a coming of age story set in the world of women wrestlers in 1950s Florida. I found an interesting review on a site titled Pro Wrestling Books, by a professional wrestling journalist, John Lister, who finds the […]

Before and After the Apocalypse

Before and After the Apocalypse

Two science fiction thrillers on review today, from two new Simon & Schuster imprints that highlight speculative fiction: Saga Press and Simon451. Lee Kelly‘s debut, City of Savages, could easily have been published YA. It alternates two YA narrators, sisters, as they survive post-WWIII Manhattan. This is a good post-apocalyptic novel, and readers experience the war itself […]

100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles, Andrew Smith Simon & Schuster, September 2014 Reviewed from final copy If you were a teenager who spent at least one long night with friends discussing the future, destiny, and the fear that you can’t control the course of your life, 100 Sideways Miles probably reminded you of those moments. Finn Easton, the novel’s […]

The Gospel of Winter

The Gospel of Winter

The Gospel of Winter, Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster), January 2014 Reviewed from ARC It’s so hard when a book is completely admirable and worthy of discussion and yet I just can’t like it. Because now I’m torn between wanting lots of discussion on this and also wanting to move on to […]

Afterworlds

afterworlds

Three stars! Two plots for the price of one! Paranormal romance WITH commentary on the paranormal romance genre! A book for book lovers! Publishing trivia sprinkled throughout! Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is a door stopper of a book with a lot to say — about the intricacies of publishing, the craft of writing, the art […]

Halloween Reading

Halloween Reading

The days grow shorter. The evenings grow darker. You’re trying to figure out a costume to wear to school next Friday. In the spirit of the season, we review three new novels for those seeking a thrill this Halloween. Edgar Cantero’s first book in English, The Supernatural Enhancements, is a secret society mystery/haunted house gothic […]

Noggin

noggin

Noggin, John Corey Whaley Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 2014 Reviewed from ARC I need to be up front about something. I loved Where Things Come Back. I know it wasn’t a favorite ’round these parts, but I was impressed with the nuance and ambition in its debut author’s writing. John Corey Whaley’s Printz-winning novel […]

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Review: Draw! by Raúl Colón

Draw! By Raúl Colón Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442494923 $17.99 Grades K-3 Out Now Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Bullish times for wordless picture books, eh? Whereas in the past it seemed there were illustrators who focused specifically on books without words (Barbara Lehman comes to mind), now more than ever it […]

Little Blue Lies

Little Blue Lies

Little Blue Lies, Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster, March 2014 Reviewed from ARC Printz Honor Book author Chris Lynch’s latest novel is a brief, quirky tale of two teens who aren’t meant to be together. No, they’re not star-crossed lovers, rather Oliver and Junie’s relationship is too glib and shallow to ever have been the […]

A Whole Lotta Secrets

A Whole Lotta Secrets

Today we begin with a psychological mystery then highlight two thrillers, one suspense-filled, another action-packed. I am excited to recommend Tana French’s new Dublin Murder Squad novel to teen readers. I have enjoyed French’s novels since her 2007 debut, In the Woods. She is among the finest literary crime novelists writing today, and in The […]

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Dork Diaries was by far the most requested series in my library this year, maybe only second to The Hunger Games and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The diary format, the illustrated novel, and the humor make this series a surefire hit. Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star By Rachel Renee Russell […]

Children’s Book Author and Toymaker Tim Kehoe Dies at 43

Tim Kehoe

Timothy Kehoe, author of The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow and its sequel The Top Secret Toys died unexpectedly in St. Paul, Minnesota at age 43 on February 27, reports the Star Tribune.

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

Nonfiction Monday: The Scraps Book by Lois Elhert

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life By Lois Ehlert Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781442435711 $17.99 Grades K-5 In Stores Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library If you’re thinking of challenging an illustrator to an autobiography-off, just don’t. Oh, you already did it? Look, there’s no shame in bending […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2014

Book hope springs eternal. It’s time to take a look at ten titles that I’m excited about for spring. Picture Books Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet May 13, 2014 | Candlewick Press | Grades PreK-1 I’m a sucker for inventive picture books and Hervé Tullet is the master of this realm. This […]

Roundup: All the Books

Roundup: All the Books

Okay, not all the books, but three books for the price of one post: The Golden Day, Winger, and The Midnight Dress. (It was going to be four books, because I stayed up way too late reading More Than This the other night, but I think I need to sit on that for another day […]