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3L : Language, Linguistics, Literature     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
@nalyses     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
A Cor das Letras     Open Access  
a/b : Auto/Biography Studies : Journal of The Autobiography Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Abgadiyat     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Abril : Revista do Núcleo de Estudos de Literatura Portuguesa e Africana da UFF     Open Access  
Abusões     Open Access  
Ação Midiática : Estudos em Comunicação, Sociedade e Cultura     Open Access  
ACME : Annali della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici dell'Università degli Studi di Milano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acquisition et interaction en langue étrangère     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Baltico-Slavica     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Literaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Neophilologica     Open Access  
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aksara     Open Access  
Alea : Estudos Neolatinos     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aletria : Revista de Estudos de Literatura     Open Access  
Algazarra : Revista do Centro de Pesquisa Comunicação e Cultura : Barroco e Mestiçagem     Open Access  
Alpha (Osorno)     Open Access  
American Book Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
American Journal of Philology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
American Literary Realism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Anagramas : Rumbos y Sentidos de la Comunicación     Open Access  
Anales Galdosianos     Full-text available via subscription  
Âncora : Revista Latino-Americana de Jornalismo     Open Access  
andererseits : Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Aniki : Revista Portuguesa da Imagem em Movimento     Open Access  
ANTARES (Letras e Humanidades)     Open Access  
Anuari de Filologia. Llengües i Literatures Modernes     Open Access  
Anuário de Literatura     Open Access  
Anuario Lope de Vega. Texto, literatura, cultura     Open Access  
Appalachian Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Arabia     Open Access  
Arbitrium     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Arcadia - International Journal for Literary Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Arethusa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Ars Aeterna     Open Access  
Artelogie     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Arthuriana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Artl@s Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arts et Savoirs     Open Access  
Asia Minor Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Atalanta : Revista de las Letras Barrocas     Open Access  
Atalaya     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australian Journal of French Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Australian Literary Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Babel     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Balkanologie : Revue d'Études Pluridisciplinaires     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication     Open Access  
Barnboken : Journal of Children's Literature Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Between     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Beyond Words     Open Access  
Biblioteca Escolar em Revista     Open Access  
Biography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Black Camera     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Boletim de Pesquisa NELIC     Open Access  
Book History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 130)
Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
boundary 2     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Brazilian Journalism Research     Open Access  
Bronte Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Financial Services     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Brumal. Revista de investigación sobre lo Fantástico     Open Access  
Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Bunron : Zeitschrift für literaturwissenschaftliche Japanforschung     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Byron Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Byzantinische Zeitschrift     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Byzantion Nea Hellás     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Caderno de Letras     Open Access  
Caderno Seminal     Open Access  
Cadernos de Letras da UFF     Open Access  
Cahiers Balkaniques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Cahiers de civilisation espagnole contemporaine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers de littérature orale     Open Access  
Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cahiers du Monde Russe     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Cahiers d’études italiennes     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cahiers franco-canadiens de l'Ouest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Callaloo     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Cambridge Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Carnets : Revue électronique d'études françaises     Open Access  
Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana     Open Access  
CELEHIS : Revista del Centro de Letras Hispanoamericanas     Open Access  
Cervantes : Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Chasqui. Revista Latinoamericana de Comunicación     Open Access  
Children's Literature Association Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Chloe: Beihefte zum Daphnis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Chrétiens et sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cipango     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cipango - French Journal of Japanese Studies. English Selection     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
CLCWeb : Comparative Literature and Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
CLEaR     Open Access  
Cognitive Studies : Études cognitives     Open Access  
College Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Colorado Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Comparative Critical Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Comparative Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
Comparative Literature Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
Comparative Mythology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Comunicação & Sociedade     Open Access  
Configurations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Conradiana     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Contemporary Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Contemporary Pacific     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Contemporary Women's Writing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
COnTEXTES     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CR : The New Centennial Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Criticism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Criticón     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Cuadernos AISPI     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Ilustración y Romanticismo     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Rusística Española     Open Access  
Cuadernos LIRICO : Revista de la Red Interuniversitaria de Estudios sobre las Literaturas Rioplatenses Contemporáneas en Francia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuban Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Cultures et conflits     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Narratives     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Writing : Text and Reception in Southern Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
De Signos y Sentidos     Open Access  
De Zeventiende Eeuw. Cultuur in de Nederlanden in interdisciplinair perspectief     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Yearbook     Hybrid Journal  
Dialektika : Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia     Open Access  
Diálogos Latinoamericanos     Open Access  
Dicenda. Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica     Open Access  
Dickens Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Diegesis : Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung     Open Access  
DIGILEC : Revista Internacional de Lenguas y Culturas     Open Access  
Discours     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dix-Neuf     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Drammaturgia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Dublin James Joyce Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
e-Journal of Linguistics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
E-rea     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
e-Scripta Romanica     Open Access  
e-Spania     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
e-TEALS     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 39)
Ecotone     Full-text available via subscription  
Ecozon@ : European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
EDGE - A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Educação & Linguagem     Open Access  
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
El Hilo de la Fabula     Open Access  
ELH     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
ELOPE : English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries     Open Access  
Emily Dickinson Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
English in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
English in Aotearoa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
English in Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
English in Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
English Literature in Transition 1880-1920     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
English Studies in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
English Text Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
English: Journal of the English Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Enthymema     Open Access  
Entrelaces     Open Access  
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ESC: English Studies in Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Escritura e Imagen     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Eslavística Complutense     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Essays in Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Essays in French Literature and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Estudios de Literatura Colombiana     Open Access  
Estudios de Teoría Literaria - Revista digital: artes, letras y humanidades     Open Access  
Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense     Open Access  
Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular / Studies in Oral Folk Literature     Open Access  
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Études Épistémè     Open Access  
Études françaises     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Études littéraires     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Eugene O’Neill Review     Full-text available via subscription  
European Journal of Life Writing     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
European Romantic Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
ExELL : Explorations in English Language and Linguistics     Open Access  
Exercices de Rhétorique     Open Access  
Figurationen     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Fólio : Revista de Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
French Forum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
French Studies in Southern Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
FronteiraZ. Revista do Programa de Estudos Pós-Graduados em Literatura e Crítica Literária     Open Access  
Genre     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Genre & histoire     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
George Herbert Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 27)

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   ISSN (Print) 0008-9036 - ISSN (Online) 1558-6766
   Published by Johns Hopkins University Press Homepage  [23 journals]
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez (review)
    • Abstract: Julia is fifteen when her older sister, Olga, dies in an accident, and it devastates the family; Olga was the perfect Mexican-American daughter, caring for nothing but family and living at home in her twenties. Julia, however, is abrasive and rebellious, chafing against her conservative mother’s restrictions and expectations (“What kind of woman are you going to be if you can’t even make a tortilla'”), dreaming of leaving their Chicago neighborhood for college, and hoping to become a writer. As Julia works through her anger and maturation, though, she begins to realize that nobody, not her domestic sister, not her worried mother, not her quiet father, is as uncomplicated as they seem. What could ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott (review)
    • Abstract: School is out in Cape Cod and eleven-year-old Owen could not be more excited to spend his summer go-karting, playing baseball, and hanging out with his best friend, Sean. Then Sean’s single mother lands a much-needed job in a nearby town and, to the boys’ chagrin, hires a babysitter, Paul, to look after Sean. When Sean begins telling Owen about things Paul secretly makes him do—acts that make Owen’s skin crawl and his stomach turn—Owen knows he cannot remain silent; when Sean tells him that he will kill himself if Owen tells anyone what he’s shared, Owen finds himself forced to make one of the toughest decisions of his life. This heartbreaking book does not sugarcoat the details or trauma of sexual assault ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Wicker King by K. Ancrum (review)
    • Abstract: August and his friend Jack share dysfunctional family experiences and they’ve practically raised themselves. It’s taken its toll, however: August has become addicted to setting fires, while Jack is showing signs of a serious mental illness. August resists getting medical help for Jack; his plan is to help his friend by believing in the world Jack is hallucinating, thinking that if he can help Jack complete his imaginary quest the visions will resolve themselves. As the boys drift farther away from their other friends and into Jack’s delusions, August’s pyromania becomes part of the quest scenario, and the boys end up hurt, arrested, and in a psychiatric ward. There, Jack gets the help he needs, while ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood (review)
    • Abstract: Violet’s got a secret that would trash her reputation at school; athletic, charming Paul hides his love for LARPing for fear of losing his popularity; Ashley’s flirtations with other girls could damage her conservative politician father’s career; Dylan doesn’t want his parents to know he goes full goth at school; and Gretchen’s not really concealing anything, she’s just angry about nearly everything. The five seniors are brought together on a field trip to the infamous Boulder House, a sprawling estate turned museum built years ago by Maxwell Cartwright, Jr., a now-deceased local legend known for his eccentricity and maliciousness. The house is rumored to be haunted, and the teens find out just how real ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Player King by Avi (review)
    • Abstract: The jury is still out on the true identity of Lambert Simnel, the fifteenth-century claimant to the British throne, crowned in Dublin Cathedral and shortly thereafter defeated in battle by the forces of Henry VII. Whatever the merits of rival arguments, it’s a juicy tale upon which to construct a work of historical fiction, and Avi imbues fictionalized Lambert—an orphaned tavern boy who bore a convincing resemblance to the nephew of King Edward IV, and who was seized on by adults as a possible way to power—with the anonymity, intelligence, and ambition to convince readers that this is how it could have all gone down. The complex tale is deftly crafted for readers who care more about a rousing story than a ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh
           Bardugo (review)
    • Abstract: In these six short stories, Bardugo gives readers a look at the folk and fairy tales that populate the setting of her Grisha trilogy (Shadow and Bone, BCCB 7/12) and the Six of Crows duology (Six of Crows, BCCB 11/15 and Crooked Kingdom, BCCB 10/16). In one story, a girl selected as a sacrifice chooses to be a beast; in another, a clever fox is outmaneuvered with near-fatal results; elsewhere, a town is abandoned when the duke’s daughter falls for a river spirit. In Bardugo’s hands these folkloric stories become elegantly crafted contemplations on loneliness, focusing not on the despair but on the power of solitude. Kipin’s stylishly intricate illustrations frame each story, beginning with one small element ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse by Mac Barnett (review)
    • Abstract: Poor Mouse thinks it’s the end of everything when he’s gobbled by a wolf, but he’s stunned to find a duck cozily set up in the wolf’s belly, with comfy furniture and freedom from worry (“When I was outside, ” the duck explains, “I was afraid every day wolves would swallow me up”). As the mouse and duck party down, the wolf unsurprisingly gets a tummy ache; when a hunter pursues the incapacitated wolf, the mouse and duck emerge from the wolf’s gullet determined to “ride to defend our home, ” and scare off the thoroughly freaked-out hunter. The ending has a touch of pourquoi tale (the reason the wolf howls at the moon is because he’s got some serious indigestion), while the rest of the story has the ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Lumberjack’s Beard by Duncan Beedie (review)
    • Abstract: Big Jim Hickory, the big-shouldered, -bellied, -bearded lumberjack, is just doing his bit for the lumber industry, but every day another forest creature shows up at his door, complaining of displacement. A bird shrieks he’s lost his new nest in a tree Jim chopped down; a porcupine nags about the pine needles and leaves that Jim burned in a bonfire; and a beaver laments the dam that was destroyed by Jim floating logs down the river to the mill. Jim’s a reasonable, even hospitable guy, and he invites each arrival to make a home in his commodious beard. Any child who’s heard or read “The Mitten” will testify there are only so many critters you can pack into one container, and Jim is eventually forced to shave ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla (review)
    • Abstract: Sixteen-year-old Krista’s most recent obsession is driving her new black and yellow VW beetle past the house at 758, the house of the boy she holds responsible for her mother’s death. What exactly she hopes to accomplish during these drivebys is unclear, but what is clear is that only a year and a half after the tragic event, everyone seems to have moved swiftly on—with or without her. Krista didn’t ask for her father’s annoying new girlfriend (and her part-time children) to move in, she isn’t interested in Jake, the only kid in school (besides her best friend) who refuses to see her as “the girl whose mom died, ” and she definitely didn’t anticipate collecting and later writing her family’s Holocaust story ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt (review)
    • Abstract: Louis knows that his father cries because he drinks too much, and he knows that his father’s alcoholism is why Louis, his brother, Truffle, and his mother had to move to the city. When he visits his dad in the country, he’s haunted by his father’s sad, romantic visions of idealized lost love. This is part of the reason why he can’t bring himself to talk to Billie, the girl of his dreams; if love never works out, what’s the point' His father tries to give up drinking and draw the family back together, and it almost works, but he relapses. Britt pulls no punches here as she charts the effects parental alcoholism might have on a sensitive young boy; as he watches his father enter the detox center, Louis says ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea (review)
    • Abstract: Lake View Middle School is undergoing major changes this year, most notably the heightened preparations for dreaded standardized tests. Teachers like Mrs. Woods, an old-school educator who plans to bring back “the magic of a read-aloud, ” and free-spirited Mrs. Magenta, math and science instructor and founder of a community service crew, attempt to protect learning spaces where any child can thrive. When even time for the community service group is hijacked in order to give kids even more test prep, the Recruits, a motley crew of sixth-graders, hatch a plan to get the scores the school wants and the motivation the students need. Buyea, author of the Mr. Terupt books, here tackles the question of what you ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (review)
    • Abstract: As a little girl, Asha lured dragons out to play at night by telling them the forbidden old stories—until one of the creatures turned on her, leaving her terribly burned and much of the kingdom in ashes. For her penance, she became the Iskari, a feared dragonslayer who now eight years later brings the heads of dragons home as trophies to the king, her father. When the king promises Asha that he will end her betrothal to a cruel man if she kills the dragon known as the Old One, now the symbol of a brewing slave rebellion, she eagerly takes her chance. Her hunt, however, uncovers terrible truths about her past and brings her close to Torwin, one of the slaves, and raises her sympathy for the revolt. Ciccarelli ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve-year-old best friends Zed and Brock think their dreams have come true when they’re both chosen for the guilds they’d hoped to join—until the mysterious and dangerous Adventurers Guild claims Zed from the Mages Guild, and Brock naturally gives up his spot in the Merchants Guild to go with him. Made up of misfits and outcasts, the Adventurers Guild keeps the city of Freestone safe from the Dangers outside the walls, but the rest of Freestone would rather pretend that neither Dangers nor Adventurers exist. Along with fellow apprentices Liza and Jett, the boys discover that the magical wards that protect Freestone have begun to weaken, and it seems that someone inside the city may be undermining them. ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (review)
    • Abstract: Xifeng’s aunt, Guma, read her niece’s destiny in the cards when Xifeng was a small child: she was to rise far above her impoverished childhood in a tiny village in the empire of Feng Lu, maybe as high as the role of empress itself. Now at eighteen, Xifeng is determined to escape her abusive aunt, who wants to share in Xifeng’s glorious destiny, and become Empress without her aunt’s help. She runs away with her lover and soon manipulates her way to a position among the Empress’s ladies-in-waiting, where she schemes to catch the young Emperor’s eye and supplant his aging wife. Along the way, the dark magic Xifeng learned from Guma grows in its influence over her, pushing her to ever more brutal acts. Readers ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies (review)
    • Abstract: Nature writer Davies turns now to the topic of biodiversity: “So far, human beings have found and counted almost two million different kinds of living things.” The text illuminates the many different places living things can get discovered, whether they be trees in forests or microbes in a lake, noting that “thousands of new species are found every year.” The book effectively concretizes a complicated and abstract subject and thoughtfully links it to human degradation of the environment (“All over the world, human beings are destroying pieces of the pattern”). As is usual for Davies’ early biology, smaller text gives more information on some pages; for additional factual value, many of the species are ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Blood and Ink by Stephen Davies (review)
    • Abstract: It’s 2012, and the Defenders of Faith, a militant Islamic group, are eager to impose a stricter practice of sharia in the Malian city of Timbuktu. For Ali, fifteen-year-old jihadist and Defender, this is holy work; he understands that people will rebel against the new regime at first, but they will soon realize that music, unveiled women, and silly idolatry of dead scholars’ manuscripts are doing nothing but keeping them filthy with sin. Then there’s Kadija—a clever and cheeky Sufi Muslim girl, singer, and soon-to-be Guardian of the city’s priceless manuscripts. She knows that there is power in the city’s songs, culture, and written stories of ancient scholars, and she organizes resistance. Sharing nothing ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sit by Deborah Ellis (review)
    • Abstract: Take a seat. That’s an easy order, sure, but for the kids in Ellis’ eleven short stories, sitting on a chair (or a bench, a fence, or in one case, a toilet) is not a simple thing. For the seven-year-old girl banished to the pink plastic chair in the corner, it’s a place of punishment but also an opportunity to plot her escape from her mother’s controlling ways. A plain wood fence in the early hours of the morning comforts a young boy before he and the members of his community go to tear down the school in which his sister was killed in a mass shooting. Noosala sits back to back in a cramped apartment with eighteen other Afghani refugees in Uzbekistan. While some stories tilt toward the preachy, the thematic ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn
           Erskine (review)
    • Abstract: In a career that withstood apartheid in South Africa, Miriam Makeba put her vocal talent to work supporting her fellow black citizens (and, after 1970 legislation, more correctly “non-citizens”) and advocating for other nations to bring pressure to bear on the South African government to end discrimination. The mission launched her to global fame, but it exacted the price of exile from her own country, where she would not return until after apartheid was dismantled. Erskine writes with pride and passion of Makeba’s accomplishments, and Palmer’s densely brushed paintings exude the strength and persistence of peoples immovably rooted to their homeland. In a thoughtful author’s note, Erskine speaks of her own ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Ann Foley (review)
    • Abstract: When Wendy Boychuck’s father was arrested for brutally abusing his power as a Chicago police officer, Boychuck became a household name shellacked with shame. At first, high school junior Wendy depended on Alexis, her quiet, studious best friend, to help her through the public humiliation, but when Wendy was savagely beaten by a classmate, she dumped Alexis for Kenzie, the meanest girl in school, and the protection she offered. Now Wendy overlooks Kenzie’s faults and relies on being friends with the girl nobody challenges—but when Alexis unexpectedly fights back against Kenzie’s bullying, what will Wendy do' Foley creates narrative intimacy through a textured mix of high school drama, family dynamics ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George (review)
    • Abstract: Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing bears up uncannily well in this richly imagined and well-researched relocation into a 1920s Prohibition setting. Beatrice is a seventeen-year-old engine-and-gun-savvy feminist, while Benedick is a smooth-talking, wealthy teen trying to escape his overbearing father’s plans for him. When Beatrice is kicked out of boarding school, she is welcomed into her uncle Leo’s home and befriended immediately by her sweetly sexy cousin, Hero, and just as immediately drawn into a sparring relationship with Benedick. With Leo, Hero runs a speakeasy in the basement of their home, which headlines Maggie, a girl who aspires to sing at the Cotton Club. Liquor and finances are secured by ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein (review)
    • Abstract: Early one morning, a boy looks out to the ocean and spots a struggling whale; he and his father jump into the fishing boat to discover the animal caught in their fishing net. When Papa cries, “I hope we can save it!” he means the precious net, on which their livelihood depends; however, young Abelardo, who remembers the terror of being tangled in the net himself (“I almost drowned”), hopes instead to save the whale. When Papa returns to land to find a replacement net, the boy defiantly heads out on his own, hacking bit by bit at the huge net and persisting through exhaustion to finally free the creature. What could be just a pleasing animal rescue story takes on additional resonance with Gerstein’s ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill (review)
    • Abstract: Willow Jane and her younger sister, Devon, have been plagued with bad dreams since the murder of their father, but Willow’s sassy friends Siobhan and Kelly are determined to make her sixteenth birthday a happy one. Little do they know that Willow is descended from the witches of nearby Salem and she’s coming into her legacy as an interdimensional being with supernatural powers; the family heirlooms she has hocked to pay the rent link her to a deeply malevolent presence, who keeps the thumbs of her victims as trophies and is bent on claiming Willow’s powers for herself. Fortunately, Harken, an enslaved familiar with his own scores to settle, arrives to help her fight their common enemy; the battle is bloody ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Breathless by Tara Goedjen (review)
    • Abstract: In the year since her sister Roxanne’s death, Mae Cole has quietly mourned, while her father seeks Cage, Roxanne’s boyfriend and alleged murderer, to kill him. It’s a lucky break for Cage, then, that Mae answers the door when he shows up on the steps of the Coles’ decaying family manor, looking for Roxanne. His sudden appearance and his insistence that he has no memory of Roxanne’s death or the year since gives at least some substance to Mae’s belief that her sister’s untimely demise might have been due to Roxanne’s obsession with an old family spellbook. Focus shifts between Mae and Cage, while interspersed portions told by an unseen and likely ghostly narrator chronicle the creation of the spellbook over a ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! by K. L. Going (review)
    • Abstract: Two grinning children take a wagon out with a bumpety-bump, toss pebbles in a pond with a dunkety-dunk, and gather berries in a bucket with a plunkety-plunk. Inside, the berries are transformed into pies and the children go dunkety-dunk into the bath before they get in bed for stories (snuggled up in a lumpety-lump). Shin’s illustrations, simple shapes with a block-print feel, evoke the sights, sounds, tastes, and textures of the text’s onomatopoetic rhyme in textured earth tones accented with pops of primary color in the kids’ red wagon and yellow rain boots. The simply drawn characters are expressive in their whole bodies, grinning as they cart berries inside and splash exuberantly in the sink and tub. The ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin (review)
    • Abstract: When Luisa’s synesthesia kicks in during her interview for a fellowship with Thomas Bell, a giant in the tech world, Bell soundly dismisses her. Her personal disappointment, however, is soon eclipsed by a growing epidemic that takes the life of her best friend and sickens her father. When she is sent a mysterious message implying that she may already be in possession of a cure, Luisa heads out to California with friends, hoping someone from the massive volunteer effort there can clue her in to the messenger’s meaning. What makes Griffin’s world particularly frightening is its similarity to our own—Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are still musical powerhouses, but deadly global terrorist attacks have upped policing ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (review)
    • Abstract: Since socialite Holly Chase failed to repent her Scrooge-like attitude even after a visit from the three spirits of Christmas, she sealed her doom; she died within the year and was sentenced to join Project Scrooge to serve as one of the ghosts. After five years of playing the Ghost of Christmas Past Holly is nearly resigned to her fate, but then comes young, healthy, and handsome Ethan, who is Project Scrooge’s next target. Holly knows he’s a good kid turned awful by a tragic accident, a trajectory of events that is painfully familiar to Holly, and she sees in him a kindred spirit. Now she’s breaking the rules and reaching out to Ethan in the mortal world, but whether she’s trying to save his soul or ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins (review)
    • Abstract: Outspoken Ruby is always up for an adventure, which is how she ends up at a community service camp for kids who’ve committed minor offenses. On the other hand, timid Olivia ends up at the camp because she took the blame for her shoplifting twin. Their service project has Ruby and Olivia cleaning an old mansion, and when the two girls hear music that no one else can, they decide they have to overcome their differences and tackle the mystery together. As they start their research, Ruby discovers Olivia’s quiet sense of humor, and Olivia begins to appreciate Ruby’s boldness as she starts to figure out who she is apart from her sister. While the girls’ notion that their chipper camp director has nefarious ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bear and Chicken by Jannie Ho (review)
    • Abstract: Out for a winter stroll, Bear discovers the unconscious Chicken and her hobo pack in the snow. Bear carries Chicken back to his cottage, and after she recovers, wrapped in a blanket by the cozy fire, Bear begins preparations for lunch. Awakening to the sight of Bear’s sharp teeth makes Chicken understandably cautious, and as Bear consults his cookbook, preps the veggies (“CHOP CHOP”), and gets the water boiling in a chicken-sized pot, Chicken loses her nerve and bolts back out into the snow: “Chicken zig-zagged through the trees, but soon Bear closed in on her.” Bear, however, was only trying to return her pole and bundle; he invites her to share rather than to be lunch, and the pair of unlikely best buddies ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (review)
    • Abstract: Anjali is ten years old in 1942 India when her mother heeds Gandhi’s call, quits her job as secretary and translator for a British captain, and dedicates herself to improving the lives of the Untouchables, whom Gandhi calls Harijan, or children of God. Anjali follows her mother’s lead, but the pair promptly discovers that good intentions don’t go far in solving entrenched problems and that as members of the Brahmin caste, they are met with skepticism, even derision, by those they seek to help. Kelkar necessarily tackles multiple weighty historical themes to do justice to this complex period: Hindu-Muslim rioting; the caste system and socioeconomic tensions; self identification among the Untouchables; ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall (review)
    • Abstract: With four siblings, middle-schooler Josie often feels a little lost in her family, and her increasing height is wreaking havoc with her gymnastics abilities, both because of the physical changes it presents and the serious self-consciousness it causes her. When older brother, Tom, brings home a runt piglet he has rescued from a farm near his college, animal-loving Josie finds a new focus—trying to convince her parents to keep “Hamlet.” It’s a tricky prospect in their urban townhouse-style apartment, and as Hamlet grows rapidly the challenges increase, until finally an encounter with a neighbor results in a visit from the police, who inform the family that they have eight days to get the pig out. Although the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Things Owen Wrote by Jessica Scott Kerrin (review)
    • Abstract: When Owen accompanies his grandfather, Pops, to Iceland to donate research on the Icelandic-Canadian poet Stephan G. Stephansson to an archive there, he’s got two problems. First, he’s got to grab the notebook of his that Pops accidentally sent to the archive a few weeks ago, a notebook that contains secrets Owen would rather his family not know. Second, he’s got to figure out why his grandfather has been acting so strange lately, forgetting things and sometimes seeming unaware of his surroundings. This is a love letter to the geography and culture of Iceland as well as a brief biography of real-life poet Stephansson. Unfortunately, the factual expositions are unsubtly and awkwardly inserted into the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs by J. Patrick Lewis (review)
    • Abstract: Elegiac tombstone inscriptions have long been targets for good-natured skewering (think Disney’s Haunted Mansion) and even sharper-edged satire, and the idea of R.I.P.s directed at deceased dinos is promising. Execution doesn’t match concept here, though, as Lewis and Yolen present a variety of verse that’s more often miss than hit. The poems, neatly arranged chronologically from the Paleozoic through Cenozoic Eras (with specific periods noted as well), are seldom the concise tributes with startling punchlines that readers will probably expect, and few would fit on a tombstone. Instead the content is a grab bag of general comments on the featured creatures accompanied by a few italicized lines of scientific ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Shadow Girl by Liana Liu (review)
    • Abstract: Upon arriving at the Morisons’ vacation home on Arrow Island to tutor their young daughter, eighteen-year-old Mei discovers their summer “house” is really a sprawling mansion; however, the Morisons’ marriage is floundering, their son’s in academic trouble, and Mei’s charge, Ella, is quiet and sullen. Unflappable Mei gets out her lesson plans, but Ella is only interested in talking about the ghost girl she insists haunts her room. Mei indulges Ella’s fantasy if only to get her to open up, but soon Mei is seeing a dark figure in the hallways and having horrible, blood-filled nightmares. Mei is a no-nonsense, practical girl, and her narration has an almost cold straightforwardness as she navigates the Morisons’ ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (review)
    • Abstract: Jess Wong is in unrequited love with her best friend, Angie. When Angie starts dating Margot, Jess is wary, not only because she’s jealous but also because Margot and her circle of private-school friends have a reputation for mean pranks. Abandoned by Angie at a party, drunk, and angry, Jess gets into a fight with a girl named Ryan; when Ryan goes missing after a party and later ends up dead near the hiding place, the narration switches from Jess’ first-person account to a mix of third-person and police reports. The various plot threads hang together loosely through Jess’ feelings about Angie, making Ryan’s murder seem almost incidental and unrelated to anything else, at least until the twist at the end ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (review)
    • Abstract: Despite the objections of her German-born Jewish grandfather, sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum joins her class on their trip to Germany. While they’re visiting the Berlin Wall Memorial, a red balloon randomly floats by, and when Ellie impulsively grabs it, she suddenly finds herself transported to the dark streets of 1988 East Germany. Fortunately for her, Kai, a Roma boy who’s member of an underground resistance group, finds her before the Volkspolizei do. Kai’s a Runner, sending desperate people over the Wall on the strings of balloons enchanted by the Schöpfers to make their passengers invisible—the balloons, though, have only ever transported people from place to place, not through time. Until Kai’s ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi (review)
    • Abstract: As a mordeshoor, thirteen-year-old Laylee washes and prepares the dead for the afterlife. The job is killing her in both body and spirit, since the magic she must wield steals her strength and disgusts the residents of Whichwood, who bring her their dead without payment or compassion. Alice and Oliver have been tasked by the elders of Ferenwood, a neighboring kingdom, to help Laylee, but why or how, neither Alice or Oliver know. Laylee’s not particularly keen on other people’s charity and she’s pretty much resigned to dying alone, but Alice and Oliver’s persistent kindness has her reconsidering her fate. Now the friends must find a way to heal Laylee before her death unleashes the spirits of the unwashed ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Someday, Narwhal by Lisa Mantchev (review)
    • Abstract: “Red front door. Potted plant. Umbrella stand. Piano.” These things make up the majority of the little narwhal’s view as she swims around her unmoving fishbowl. There’s also the window, though, and the whale dreams of traveling through the world beyond it. On second thought, it might be a little cold, a little too big, and how would she walk anywhere, anyway' Her young owner apparently knows her wishes and fears, and he brings a fanciful set of friends to help her take a trip into the outside world, with the penguin pulling the bowl in a wagon, the giraffe navigating the way, and the bat checking the weather. Some nice repetition makes this useful both as a storytime pick or a readalone, and the playful text ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • We Are Party People by Leslie Margolis (review)
    • Abstract: “Be anonymous and safe” is the motto of twelve-year-old Pixie, which goes against the family grain: as adventurous extroverts and owners of the legendary party business “We Are Party People, ” her parents are the polar opposites of their daughter. Now Pixie’s mother is away tending to an ill relative and Pixie is unhappily having to do more work in the business, including, potentially, appearing as a mermaid at a kids’ party. Meanwhile, her new friend Sophie is also pushing Pixie out of her comfort zone as Sophie runs for president of student council against the popular girls. Pixie is utterly plausible as the wannabe wallflower who can’t even bring herself to wear the t-shirt supporting her friend’s ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (review)
    • Abstract: The diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy is actually a relief to Sasha; it’s clear to her now that her heart is not her own but that of her twin sister Shanna—whom Sasha absorbed in the womb seventeen years ago, a fact that Sasha has only recently found out. Sasha takes the faulty heart to metaphorical levels, insisting that it was Shanna’s heart that made good girl Sasha lose her virginity to bad boy Isaac, Shanna’s heart that made her cheat on her boyfriend, and Shanna’s heart that made her eventually throw herself out a window in pursuit of Isaac. Readers will recognize early on that straitlaced, perfect Sasha is acting out her less than perfect impulses and then placing the blame on Shanna, but whether ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Zack and the Turkey Attack! by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (review)
    • Abstract: Zach likes the fact that his family’s move brings them close to his grandparents’ farm, where he spends most weekends helping with chores or just goofing off in time-honored farm ways. What he doesn’t like is the big tom turkey who chases after Zack with savage pecks every time the two meet; Zack therefore decides, with the help of new friends, to build a turkey-scaring device. Meanwhile, valuable objects are going missing—can the friends find the solution to the mystery as well as to the turkey bully' Naylor writes this well-crafted story with her usual smooth accessibility and plausibility. The turkey’s attacks really are scary, if not all that dangerous, and it’s utterly believable that Zack the tinkerer ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott (review)
    • Abstract: Every resident of Wildewell, Maine, knows there’s treasure on Gray Wolf Island, and they also know that trying to find it leaves people dead, maimed, or disappointed to the point of madness. Nonetheless, Ruby’s twin on her deathbed begs seventeen-year-old Ruby to find the treasure. A year passes and finally Ruby decides to honor her sister’s wish when she discovers a poem in an old copy of Treasure Island that seems to reference Gray Wolf Island. Soon she finds herself joined by four other teens with pasts cloaked in rumor and mystery in her effort to find the loot. The island is full of dangers both physical and emotional, with booby traps leading to near deaths and wind-whispered demands that the Ruby and ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Bone Thief by Alyson Noël (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve-year-old Grimsly Summerfield is the odd one out in Quiver Hollows as a kid with no magical powers or supernatural qualities, things that literally every single other resident possesses. One best friend can levitate and the other can bend two hundred spoons with his mind in sixty seconds, while Grimsly’s greatest talent is giving excellent sermons at the pet funeral home he runs. One day, though, things in town start to be, well, normal: the waterfalls simply fall rather than loop, dogs whelp puppies rather than purple piglets, and not a single spoon will be bent. Folks turn on Grimsly, saying his normalcy is infectious, but Grimsly won’t give up on his beloved town, especially when he learns that he ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Polaris by Michael Northrop (review)
    • Abstract: Six young crew members aboard the armed merchantman Polaris, on an 1830 mission of exploration, are locked inside the captain’s quarters as an uprising takes place and the mutineers flee on the longboat after setting charges to blow up the ship. The kids escape their confines and defuse the explosives, but they are flummoxed as to the cause of the mutiny and how they will sail themselves to safety. They sense this has to do with a disastrous shore party that returned from the Amazon forest with only half its members, one of whom was suffering from an unnamed malady, but that isn’t much of a clue for the kids to go on. The matter soon becomes clear, though, when amid their struggles to manage the undermanned ... Read More
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  • Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor (review)
    • Abstract: American-born Nigerian Sunny Nwazue is far from your typical thirteen-year-old. Between being a bicultural albino in the superstitious, witch-fearing nation of Nigeria, and living a double life as part of the magic-wielding, super-secret Leopard Society, she draws a lot of attention—not necessarily in a good way. In the Leopard world, Sunny’s albinism translates into the ability to move between the spirit and physical worlds, which for most would almost guarantee death. When Sunny and her Leopard friends Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha realize that they must once again take on Ekwensu, the terrifying spirit determined to bring the world to an apocalyptic end, it’s time for Sunny to fulfill her destiny as a warrior ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (review)
    • Abstract: Taj is a gifted aki—a person who can to eat the sins the Mages call forth from whoever is able to pay them to restore their purity and sometimes their health. The sins emerge as dangerous shadow animals that must be fought and killed before they can be ingested; the painful process results in the appearance of a tattoo of the beast on the aki’s skin. While one might think that the aki would be revered for this service, they are instead reviled and underpaid, separated from their families, operating at the behest of the corrupt Mages, and all too often dying young at the talons or teeth of a particularly dangerous sin beast. Taj’s skill catches the eye of the royal family; they bring him to the palace as ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson (review)
    • Abstract: In 1961 Cuba, Batista has been ousted and Premier Fidel Castro calls for a campaign to raise the nation’s standards of living, beginning with the goal of eradicating illiteracy within a year. The call goes out for volunteer tutors who will be trained in pedagogy and sent out to remote farms and plantations to work alongside their students by day and teach them to read and write in the evenings. Revolutionary spirit and optimism appeal to thousands of adolescents and young adults, among them thirteen-year-old Havana resident Lora, who wears down her parents to gain their permission to enlist, trades her school uniform for military-style gear, and heads off into the mountains to live with small farmers Luis ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Lock and Key: The Downward Spiral by Ridley Pearson (review)
    • Abstract: Moria Moriarty, sister of the later-to-be-infamous James, returns to her story of family mysteries and the siblings’ involvement with classmate Sherlock Holmes, picking up weeks after the previous title, The Initiation (BCCB 9/16). Following their father’s death'/murder', the Moriartys have reason to be uncertain about which of the family’s retainers can be trusted, and as they creep ever closer to solving this elemental problem, their father’s reputation suffers considerable tarnish. The legacy of Moriarty connections to a secret Baskerville Academy society traces its roots far back to the inception of the family business, and as James becomes increasingly burdened with his expected participation in the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Poe: Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (review)
    • Abstract: The stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe have always had textual appeal; in this graphic treatment of four adapted and abridged stories and three poems, Hinds explores their visual potential as well. Beginning with “The Masque of the Red Death, ” he gives readers a gruesome visual understanding of how the Red Death disease got its name before chronicling the protagonist prince’s frenzied and ultimately futile attempts to ward off death with antic displays of life. The vaults of “The Cask of Amontillado” are imagined through a visual invocation of the cata-combs of Paris, while the grisly imagery of “The Tell-Tale Heart” is both powerfully evoked and effectively restrained. Though the art retains the poem’s ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef (review)
    • Abstract: Victorian: soot-covered street gamins, florid wallpaper, colonialism, tight corsets, and stiff crinolines. Victoria' Whereas the period conjures its own distinct imagery, it’s likely that many readers will have few images and scant background on the queen herself. As Reef demonstrates in this fluidly narrated biography, Victoria started as a headstrong child struggling against her mother’s constraints and bad advice and grew into a headstrong adult pushing against many conventions and so wary of bad advice that she often missed the good counsel. This is no scandal tell-all, but it doesn’t require any extra sensationalism to pique reader interest in the queen and her court. Victoria’s mother’s involvement ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl (review)
    • Abstract: With his beloved father in prison for financial misdealing, Martin and his sister join their film-director mother on location in Chenonceaux, France, where Martin, on the high-functioning side of the autistic spectrum, will attend a local high school, purely for socialization purposes and to practice his French. A fan of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, he is immediately smitten with a girl he takes for Proust’s Gilberte, but she and the other friends he makes turn out to be what his neuro-diverse friend from home calls “moths”—people attracted to the glittering light of his mother’s fame. Martin is hurt, but his own experiences with having a brain that doesn’t work like other people’s allow him to accept ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker (review)
    • Abstract: It’s that season again—time to get Santa’s sleigh spiffed up for its annual run. This year it’s in extraordinarily bad shape, and the elves suspect Santa had a mishap he didn’t ’fess up to. Since they have to do extensive refurbishing anyway, why not have themselves a design and build-off contest, and let Santa pick the winner as his new ride' Team One produces a dragster: “How’s this for high-speed Christmas cheer'!/That reindeer thing is so last year./Just pop this baby into gear!” Team Two goes with a “BIG RIG: MOUNTAIN SIZED!/A tricked-out semitruck that flies, ” but wonders whether the rooftops will hold it. When all twelve entries—terrestrial, aeronautic, and aquatic—are assembled, Santa is ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin (review)
    • Abstract: Had architect and designer Maya Lin done nothing beyond her Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., she would have merited attention and acclaim. Lin, however, resists being typecast as a memorial builder, and in this accessible architectural overview, Rubin introduces young readers to the breadth of her work. Lin’s career unfolds across nine chronologically organized chapters, each anchored by a particular construction and titled by a medium or theme, beginning with “Clay, ” which Lin first used as a child exploring art forms; on to “Granite” and her breakout college project, The Wall; “Water” that provided the symbolic element in her Civil Rights Memorial; “Earth” for Lin’s wave fields, and so ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster (review)
    • Abstract: Eight years ago, Sev’s mother betrayed her fortified city by bringing the plague that ravaged the world a century ago inside its walls, thus condemning her daughter to a lifetime of illness, hard labor, and “reeducation.” Now, at sixteen, all Sev wants is to prove that she’s not like her mother and deserves a place inside the city walls—even the slums of the Third Quarter are better than the wilds Outside. No matter how she tries, Sev is marked as a traitor, as much by the distinctive birthmark on her face that matches her mother’s as the brand burned into her hand. When she’s accused of setting the bomb that nearly killed her and her friend Tai-ge, the son of the prominent military family assigned to ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say (review)
    • Abstract: James Castle is the classic American outsider artist; born profoundly deaf, likely autistic, and probably dyslexic (he never learned to read) in rural Idaho in 1899, he loved art ever since childhood, and, after failing at school, devoted himself solely to his self-taught creations for the rest of his life. He was discovered by the art world late in life, and now his work hangs in museums across the globe. Say writes Castle’s fictionalized biography in the voice of the man’s nephew, which lends an air of wistful intimacy to the story of a life with family who called the boy who couldn’t communicate “Dummy” and “Crazy Jimmy.” The still, thoughtful text traces Castle’s life, but it’s really the art that speaks ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Plague Land by Alex Scarrow (review)
    • Abstract: Seventeen-year-old Leon has ongoing stress-related headaches, which are exacerbated by his neurotic paranoia over seemingly anything. In most cases his twelve-year-old sister Grace is right—he’s got to stop overthinking. In his defense, however, the past year hasn’t been a walk in the park. Leon and Grace’s parents’ messy divorce has left them with a depressed and withdrawn shell of a mother, which led to their relocation from New York to Great Britain; as if things couldn’t possibly get any worse, a globally spreading plague that Leon prayed was just conspiracy news brings about a rapidly spreading apocalypse that destroys the vast majority of organic species—great. Leon, his mother and sister move through ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote by Judy Sierra (review)
    • Abstract: It’s hard to imagine, but once there was a world without Dr. Seuss’ lively beginning readers. Sierra’s brisk text takes contemporary youngsters back to that literarily impoverished time to describe how the established picture-book creator tackled the challenge of restricted vocabulary (rejecting both a zebra and a bird as protagonists when it turned out those words didn’t appear on the list of words he was allowed to use), ramped up the readability to the max with rhyme, comic art, and cliffhanging page turns, and created “a fantastic book using only 236 different words.” (He followed up with Green Eggs and Ham, which uses only fifty different words.) The clear, occasionally playful text focuses entirely on ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon (review)
    • Abstract: Almost any kid who pulls on uniform and/or gear and heads to a field is at some point drawn into a “Who was the greatest'” smackdown discussion of old timers: Babe Ruth' Muhammad Ali' Nadia Comaneci' Tiger Woods' Michael Jordan' Then there’s the name Pelé, the Brazilian footballer from way, way back in grandpa’s (great-grandpa’s') era, and a good chance for agreement. While many kids know about his rise from poverty in Brazil to professional play at fifteen and to his first World Cup at seventeen, fewer know what happened in between those spectacular plays cited in evidence of his domination of the sport. Simon’s graphic novel import, translated from his 2016 Le roi Pelé: L’homme et la légende, presents a ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (review)
    • Abstract: In November 2013, one Oakland teenager on the 57 bus put a lighter to another kid’s skirt, which then went up in flames, leaving the victim with second and third-degree burns. The offender, Richard, was a black male, from a public high school and a low-income single-parent family; the victim, Sasha, was white and agender, from a private high school and middle-class family. Slater, who wrote about the incident for the New York Times, draws on interviews and primary-source information for this thoughtful and creative book-length treatment; compact one to three-page chapters incorporate narrative prose, text exchanges and Tumblrs, bullet-pointed lists of facts, and brief swatches of free-verse poetry. The ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland (review)
    • Abstract: Esther Solar firmly believes that her family is under a curse to suffer from debilitating fears of the things that will ultimately kill them. Their father has become agoraphobic after a stroke, their mother insists on wards, rituals, and animal familiars to protect her luck, and her brother Eugene keeps the house ablaze with light at all times to hold his demons at bay. Esther herself maintains a long list of things she fears, and Jonah, an old friend, wants to help her overcome those fears one by one through a process of exposure that he will film so that she can see her progress. Though wildly reluctant, Esther faces what she thinks are her worst nightmares, gradually coming to realize that her fears are a ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power by Mariko Tamaki (review)
    • Abstract: The popular comic-book series Lumberjanes becomes middle-grade fiction in this novel when Lumberjanes April, Molly, Mal, Jo, and Ripley find a wandering and clearly lost unicorn in the woods surrounding Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types. As eternally helpful campers, especially when it comes to anything supernatural, they responsibly return the unicorn to its herd. April’s also ambitious, working her way toward a sash (maybe two!) full of badges, and when she discovers that there’s an Extraordinary Explorers medal, she immediately knows that the strange and somewhat creepy mountain in the unicorn valley is the place to earn her prize. Her friends happily join ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Calling My Name by Liara Tamani (review)
    • Abstract: This episodic novel follows Taja as she grows from middle school to high school graduation in Houston in the 1990s. The daughter of conservative, churchgoing African-American parents, devout Taja has religious questions she feels she’d be wrong to ask, and she’s troubled by the hypocritical difference between the attitudes towards male and female sexuality. Even when she finds love with boyfriend Andre, she’s conflicted between her physical and spiritual desires—and between his wish to keep her with him and her plans to spread her wings and fly come college time. Each chapter is really just a quick, fluid impression of an event or moment, usually only four or five pages long, and sometimes it touches on a ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lake is accustomed to moving around, and now, thanks to a dream and “the spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder, ” her mother has relocated the family to Walnut Grove so she can write a Laura-inspired novel about a pioneer girl. Her twin brother Freddy’s defection from quiet loner and half of the tight Charlotte-Freddy unit to a happy part of a group of boys devastates Charlotte’s security, as does their mom’s depressive writer’s block and her half-sister Rose’s eventual meltdown about the distance of her dad. Driven by fear, Charlotte makes some hefty mistakes with her new friends and with her family, but with work she, her family, and her friendships manage to pull through the rough spots ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Gertie Milk & the Keeper of Lost Things by Simon Van Booy (review)
    • Abstract: Gertie Milk—or at least that’s who she assumes she is from the tag inside her sodden gown—awakes on a beach on an apparently deserted island, but her presence is quickly noted by a threatening worm, a flock of flightless birds, and eventually, a man named Kolt, who is not as surprised to see her as she might expect. She is another of his kind, destined to be a Keeper of Lost Things, whose job it is to take the commands of the Big Dusty Book Upstairs and return disappeared items to their owners in various time periods. The store rooms of are overflowing, and as lost limbs and misplaced sporting equipment escape their designated areas and create havoc, the lack of KOLT personnel is getting critical. Gertie’s ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Small Walt by Elizabeth Verdick (review)
    • Abstract: Night falls. Snow falls. It’s time to call plows into action, and the big burly drivers claim the big burly vehicles first, leaving Gus quite happily in charge of Walt, the smallest plow on the lot. Once his engine is revving, dot-eyed Walt manifests eyebrows slanted in determination and emanates lightning squiggles, vrooms and shrugga ruggas, and clouds of gray exhaust as he prepares to hit the road. Icy bridges, dicey ramps, a motorist-stranding blizzard—all in a night’s work. No hill is too steep (although scaling it takes two tries), and no incline is too perilous (although it’s good to have a bigger rig following to widen the path.) Best of all, when dawn arrives and the plows pull back onto the lot ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sven Carter and the Trashmouth Effect by Rob Vlock (review)
    • Abstract: Sven and Will, the biggest outcasts in school, at least have each other, even if others seem apprehensive when it comes to their peculiarities—Sven has a compulsion to taste anything (the filthier, the better) and his best friend has a significant case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Their wits are tested when they witness the impossible: Sven’s arm falls off, picks itself up, and reattaches to his shoulder. This leads them to the discovery that Sven (originally “Seven”) is really a “Tick, ” a synthetic humanoid (not totally robot, not quite human) created by a mad cyborg to serve as a bioweapon who could wipe out human life by sneezing everyone to death. With the help of Alicia, a schoolmate with a dark ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg by Quvenzhané Wallis (review)
    • Abstract: Third-grader Shai is certain she’s the best actor in the Sweet Auburn School for the Performing Arts, but her confidence takes a hit when snobby Hollywood transplant Gabby swoops in and steals the leading role in the school’s upcoming musical. Although Gabby has even starred in a commercial, as she haughtily informs Shai, it turns out that being a singing tooth in an ad for toothpaste doesn’t quite translate to an onstage presence as Gabby struggles with the choreography and music. When the teacher asks Shai to help Gabby out, Shai’s unsure, but with the encouragement of her family and best friend Emmie, Shai takes the high road, tutoring Gabby in her performance and gaining friendship as well. There’s ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Behind the Song ed. by K. M. Walton, (review)
    • Abstract: Following an editorial introduction and a somewhat cliché-ridden preface about the power of music, fourteen writers offer eleven short stories and three personal essays inspired by popular rock and folk songs from various decades. The authors include such literary notables as Ellen Oh, James Howe, Beth Kephart, David Arnold and Ellen Hopkins, and others known more for their musical accomplishments, such as Ameriie, Donn T, and G. Love, and the pieces themselves show some diversity in terms of prose genres, including memoirs, stories behind the lyrics, and realistic, magical realist, and speculative fiction. While most of the inspirational songs are mainstream MTV and Grammy favorites, interfering with the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Girl in a Bad Place by Kaitlin Ward (review)
    • Abstract: Mailee has a devoted boyfriend and happy parents, while her friend Cara is dealing with relationship dysfunction and grief for the loss of her younger sister. Cara seems naturally organized and sensible while Mailee is scattered and emotional, but she fails to see that Cara’s need for structure is a symptom of a deeper vulnerability. When Cara becomes attracted to a cult, Mailee misses the signs until it’s nearly too late. The underlying character psychology gets it right, even though Mailee’s narration does no more than skim the surface with her talky, self-centered worries over losing her long-term best friend and her craving for experiences that will expand her emotional range. This lack of deep insights ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten (review)
    • Abstract: Just as Sasha is about to tell her best friend Xavier that she’s falling for him, Xavier’s cheating ex, Ivy, shows up and immediately has Xavier wrapped around her little finger. Sasha therefore convinces herself she’s doing Xavier a favor when she creates a fake social media account under the name Jake to see if she can tempt Ivy into betraying Xavier again and prove what an awful person Ivy really is. Of course, it doesn’t quite work out that way: after texting with Ivy as “Jake” for weeks, Sasha finds Ivy dead in the forest with Xavier as a possible suspect, and her own guilt at bringing about the situation eats away at her until she takes drastic measures. Initially, this seems a stock premise with stock ... Read More
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  • Gum by Nancy Willard (review)
    • Abstract: James rustles his sleeping parents up at six in the morning to collect his week’s allowance—five quarters, one of which is a Canadian coin that his bleary-eyed mother assures him is lucky. “Lucky, ” as in now-please-go-away. After school he and pal Danny head to Mr. Wright’s store, where they take turns inserting their entire net worth into a gumball machine in the hope of getting the little silver racer that never wants to drop down the chute. Each quarter earns six gumballs, or at best a cheesy ring or, surprisingly, a little wheel. (“‘But this machine doesn’t give wheels, ’ says James. ‘It does now, ’ says Danny.”) James is resolved to save his last lucky quarter, but when he tests the Canadian coin ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Water in May by Ismée Williams (review)
    • Abstract: “Angelo is like rainwater in May. He’s what we needed when we needed it most.” So says sixteen-year-old Mari, paraphrasing her Dominican grandmother about the baby Mari’s carrying, which has given Mari great joy and eased her relationship with Abuela, with whom she lives. However, it turns out that Angelo has a serious cardiac defect—HLHS, or hypoplastic left heart syndrome—which leaves him with functionally half a heart. Since the chances of his survival are small and his medical needs will be great, Mari’s family pressures her to have an abortion, but Mari throws her considerable force of character into protecting her Angelo. Teen pregnancy isn’t an uncommon YA topic, but this is an unusual slant on it ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Professional Connections: Resources for Teachers and Librarians
    • Abstract: Dennison, Robyn. “‘Who are you doing this for'’ Narrating Sexual Violence in Kirsty Eagar’s Raw Blue.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 42, no. 3 (2017): 308–325. Hubler, Angela E. “It Is Not Enough to Speak: Toward a Coalitional Consciousness in the Young Adult Rape Novel.” Children’s Literature 45 (2017): 114–137. Hubler and Dennison separately examine representation of rape in young adult literature, focusing on how the use of first-person narration can create an intimate experience with the reader but also presents problematic issues in representation. Dennison interrogates the way first-person narration in Anderson’s Speak (1999) and Luna’s Brave New Girl (2001) adheres to a linear ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
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  • Subject and Use Index
    • Abstract: Keyed to The Bulletin’s alphabetical arrangement by author, this index, which appears in each issue, can be used in three ways. Entries in regular type refer to subjects; entries in bold type refer to curricular or other uses; entries in ALL-CAPS refer to genres and appeals. In the case of subject headings, the subhead “stories” refers to books for the readaloud audience; “fiction, ” to those books intended for independent reading. Actors and acting–fiction: Wallis ADVENTURE: Clark; Dao; Gill; Neithercott; Northrop; Tamaki; Van Booy; Vlock Africa: Erskine Africa–fiction: Davies, S.; Okorafor African Americans–fiction: Okorafor; Tamani; Wallis ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Uncanny by Sarah Fine (review)
    • Abstract: The year is 2069, the location is Washington, D.C. Hannah Dietrich has been murdered in the family home. In attempts to uncover what exactly transpired on the night of Hannah’s death, an advanced therapeutic canny, an evolved and advanced form of artificial intelligence, has been assigned to Cora, Hannah’s stepsister. Known for her attractiveness, popularity, and enthusiasm for her new sister, Hannah surely couldn’t have done anything to provoke quiet and socially inept Cora. In hopes of solving the mystery, Rafiq, an attractive and “fully functioning” human canny, has been tasked by Dr. Dietrich to find out what happened the night Hannah died, by any means possible. Chapters move between Cora’s narration ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange (review)
    • Abstract: It’s just after the end of World War I when twelve-year-old Henrietta moves with her parents and baby sister to ramshackle country manor Hope House. Henrietta finds little hope there, though, as her father swiftly departs the family for work abroad and her mother, fragile and grief-stricken since the death of Henrietta’s older brother, is drugged up and locked into her room under the guidance of manipulative Dr. Hardy. Henrietta’s only ally is Moth, a mysterious, even witch-like woman who lives in the nearby wood, who offers Henrietta succor and who seems to have a strange connection to Hope House. Will that be enough to help Henrietta save her family and herself' What looks like a ghost story turns into an ... Read More
      Keywords: Mothers and daughters; Best friends; Haunted houses; Simnel, Lambert; Magic; Boys; Interpersonal relations; Dragons; Monsters; Empresses; Islamic fundamentalism; Children; Makeba, Miriam; Teenage girls; Nightclubs; Witches; Death; Virus diseases; Bea
      PubDate: 2017-10-26T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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