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3L : Language, Linguistics, Literature     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
@nalyses     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
a/b : Auto/Biography Studies : Journal of The Autobiography Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Abgadiyat     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Abril : Revista do Núcleo de Estudos de Literatura Portuguesa e Africana da UFF     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: 1)
Acta Literaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Neophilologica     Open Access  
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Alea : Estudos Neolatinos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 5)
American Journal of Philology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
American Literary Realism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
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)
Arbitrium     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Arcadia - International Journal for Literary Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Arethusa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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: 12)
Ars Aeterna     Open Access  
Artelogie     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 1)
Atalanta : Revista de las Letras Barrocas     Open Access  
Atalaya     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australian Journal of French Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
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)
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: 113)
Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
boundary 2     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 11)
Byzantion Nea Hellás     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Caderno Seminal     Open Access  
Cahiers Balkaniques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Cahiers de civilisation espagnole contemporaine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers de littérature orale     Open Access  
Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cahiers du Monde Russe     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cahiers d’études italiennes     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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: 10)
Carnets : Revue électronique d'études françaises     Open Access  
Carte Italiane     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana     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: 1)
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: 3)
Chrétiens et sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cipango     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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: 19)
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)
Configurations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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  
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: 1)
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  
Discours     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dix-Neuf     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
DQR Studies in Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Drammaturgia     Open Access  
Dublin James Joyce Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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: 36)
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: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
El Hilo de la Fabula     Open Access  
ELH     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
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: 2)
English Text Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
English: Journal of the English Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Enthymema     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: 15)
Essays in French Literature and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Estudios de Literatura Colombiana     Open Access  
Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense     Open Access  
Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular / Studies in Oral Folk Literature     Open Access  
Estudis Romànics     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: 4)
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  
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  
Galatasaray Üniversitesi Iletişim Dergisi     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: 25)
Globe : A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication     Open Access  
Goethe Yearbook     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Hardy Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
HeLix - Dossiers zur romanischen Literaturwissenschaft     Open Access  
Hemingway Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Henry James Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Hispania     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Hispanic Research Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Hispanic Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Humanist Studies & the Digital Age     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Huntington Library Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 29)

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   ISSN (Print) 0008-9036 - ISSN (Online) 1558-6766
   Published by Johns Hopkins University Press Homepage  [23 journals]
  • The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares (review)
    • Abstract: Ray’s mom and Sasha’s dad were once married to each other but half-sisters Ray and Sasha, children of their parents’ second marriages, have never actually met. Instead, they alternate weeks with precisely timed schedules so that their stubbornly bitter parents needn’t cross paths. They feel like they know each other, though, from the shared bits and pieces of their lives over the years. When their eldest shared half-sister, Emma, announces her engagement, their other half-sisters decide that it’s time to bring the families together even if it risks an air-clearing explosion; their parents do not disappoint on the explosive part, but the air clearing comes only after a tragedy that threatens to undo them all. ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker (review)
    • Abstract: It’s the late nineteenth century, and Honorine is content with her life as hired help on the Vidalia Estate. She’s lucky to have a home and work, as her unknown parentage could have yielded her a much more dire life, but she does long for more than her quiet days dusting and cleaning. This yearning is satisfied out of the blue when Honorine is thrust into a world of airships, revenge, danger, and constellations come to life after she finds a mysterious book that is sought by two opposing forces. It’s a big jump from her old life to this new adventure, but Honorine appears to be destined for it; her parents turn out to be part of this other, much more exciting and perilous level of existence. Best to not focus too ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (review)
    • Abstract: It’s been nearly two years since eleven-year-old Flora and her little brother, Julian, were adopted into their new family, and they’ve begun to believe they might actually stay there forever. The siblings are thrown when Person (as Flora, who’s known a lot of people called Mom in various foster homes, calls their adoptive mother) reveals that she’s having a baby, and Flora and Julian believe that the baby, who will be of the same race as Person (unlike brown-skinned Flora and Julian) and who will be her biological child, will take up all her love. Their parents decide it’s time for the sibs to recover the past that their frequent moves have fragmented, so Flora, Julian, and Person go on a journey to meet with the ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by
           Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat (review)
    • Abstract: As an adult who had been one of the fifty-two children under the age of eight to be liberated from Auschwitz by Russian soldiers in 1945, Bornstein knew he had a story worth telling but also realized that any account grounded on the memory of a four-year-old is unreliable. Now, however, the convergence of accessible archival materials about his family, film footage of the liberation in which young Bornstein appears, and the willingness of surviving family members to pool their recollections results in a powerful reconstruction of family history in which twists of fortune saved many members of an extended Jewish family from extermination. In utero at the time of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Bornstein spent his ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. Frank (review)
    • Abstract: It’s the 1970s when the school districts around Laurel Canyon, California decide to offer a limited number of black students the chance to enroll in neighboring upscale schools, essentially making the students their parents’ foot soldiers in a proxy war over the national issue of desegregation. Rising sixth-grader Charlie watches helplessly as many of his friends are withdrawn from his mostly white Wonderland Avenue school, which will be accepting black students in the fall, and sent to other, wealthier schools, while his father insists Charlie will stay put because it’s the right thing to do. Meanwhile, Armstrong’s father—a stay-at-home dad who runs his house with military precision from his Korean War ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder (review)
    • Abstract: In the seven years since Marin’s mother abandoned her, Marin has perfected the art of being quiet, obedient, and nearly invisible in the hopes that when her mother returns, she’ll realize her daughter is no trouble at all and happily become her parent once more. Now, however, after being bounced through the foster care system, eleven-year-old Marin is informed that she is legally up for adoption because her mother has relinquished all rights. She figures if the state was able to locate her mother, Marin can too, and she heads out one afternoon to find her, despite being recently placed with her loving potential adoptive mother, Lucy. Much like Marin, the book is brimming with carefully restrained emotion; the focus ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Looking for Group by Rory Harrison (review)
    • Abstract: Cancer that goes from terminal to a surprise remission should be good news, but it leaves Dylan facing the reality of his chemo-racked body, his hostile mother, and his gutted life. He therefore hits the road to finally meet his best friend, Arden, a transgirl he knows from endless hours in World of Warcraft; once they meet, they’re off on the road again on a quixotic mission to California. As they go, Dylan and Arden grow even closer, and though Dylan has always known he was gay, he falls completely for Arden and they embark on a romance. Dylan’s narration, in taut paragraphs with white space between them, eloquently captures issues ranging from having a life shaped around cancer to his nerves about moving away ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Genevieve’s War by Patricia Reilly Giff (review)
    • Abstract: On impulse, thirteen-year-old Genevieve decides not to leave Alsace to go back to America in 1939, choosing instead to stay with her stern French grandmother despite the likelihood of German invasion. Soon the Germans do arrive, and Genevieve’s life becomes one of privation for the next five years as the Germans seize their farm animals and food stores; there’s also mistrust as she and her grandmother hide secrets—and an escaped resistance fighter—from the Germans and fear the spying reports of German collaborators. Alsace’s Germanic history makes it an interesting venue for a war story, and Giff keeps the focus tight and specific on Genevieve’s daily life. That specificity, however, makes this rather a blinkered ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Catawampus Cat by Jason Carter Eaton (review)
    • Abstract: The catawampus cat, aloof, unconcerned, and slanted a good 45º from the vertical, wanders through a bright, busy, and bustling town early one morning. Strolling through local establishments and canting the heads of all who sees it, the cat precipitates a restoration of the grocer’s marriage, inspires new and creative haircuts for the barber, expands the limits of thrill-seeking in the town’s daredevil, and so on. Finally, the townspeople are so deeply influenced by the catawampus cat’s different perspective that they take up an entirely catawampus way of life and name Catawampus Cat Day an annual holiday. The concept of shifting perspectives is an unusual one, and it’s effectively and humorously conveyed; lively ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano by
           Elizabeth Rusch (review)
    • Abstract: If you are a well-to-do musical enthusiast in the late seventeenth century, and you’re in the market for a new keyboard, your choices are pretty limited. Organs won’t migrate from churches to homes for another two centuries; clavichords play so softly that you won’t be able to entertain your friends; harpsichords are loud, but they lack the dynamic capability of the violin and wind families. If you can hold out for a couple of decades, though, there’s a man in Florence who’s working on the problem—Bartolomeo Cristofori—and his remarkable “pianoforte,” literally a soft-loud keyboard instrument, will take the musical world by storm.Rusch’s picture-book account of the invention of the “piano” begins with the ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Georgie’s Best Bad Day by Ruth Chan (review)
    • Abstract: Bad days—everyone has ’em. The day of Georgie, the striped grey cat, begins with his literally waking up on the wrong side of the bed (underneath) and then faceplanting on the sidewalk. He quickly finds that he is not the only one whose day has gone awry, and he convinces his woebegone friends that the best recourse to is to focus on their favorite things. Each friend has a favorite activity—making pickles, gardening, knitting, and baking—that brings more troubles than it solves until everyone finally sees the funny side. The cleverness here is the interplay between word and picture: each scene requires an inference that is clearly portrayed in the picture, including a raucous display of sequential disaster that is ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Ring Bearer by Floyd Cooper (review)
    • Abstract: Jackson is charged with being the ring bearer in his mother’s wedding to Bill, while Bill’s daughter, Sophie, will be the flower girl. Jackson’s game despite his nerves (“I don’t want to trip in front of everyone and mess it all up”), but when it’s Sophie who trips over a step as she goes up the aisle, guess who saves the day to the cheers of the whole wedding party? The present-tense text is simple and straightforward, allowing for maximum accessibility to young ring bearers and their ilk, but it’s clever at quietly connecting Jackson’s unease about his moment in the limelight with his uncertainty about his role in the new blended family. The book gets plenty of drama out of that uncertainty while surrounding it ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Get It Together, Delilah by Erin Gough (review)
    • Abstract: In this Australian import, seventeen-year-old Delilah is on her own, since both of her (divorced) parents are off finding themselves and Delilah’s been left in charge of her dad’s coffee shop. This is actually the perfect excuse avoid the bullying at school by simply ceasing to go, so she focuses instead on running the coffee shop (poorly, because she’s a teen with zero business savvy), hanging out with her complicated best friend, Charlie, and obsessing about the gorgeous Rosa, a politically minded, closeted flamenco dancer. Delilah is a hapless mess and she’s not great at anything, but her intuition about people is decent, as when she ascertains that her dad needs his globe-trotting break more than she needs him ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland by Alexis E. Fajardo (review)
    • Abstract: Picking up where The Blood-Bound Oath (BCCB 9/16) left off, this tale finds young brothers Beowulf and Grendel trekking south in search of their uncle, who has joined the Peers of Charlemagne. As with the previous entry, this graphic novel starts with a retelling of its titular source material in rhymed verse with panels depicting battle-hardened warriors in a limited color palette. It then switches to high-contrast, fully saturated comics-style art that gives more immediacy and individuality to these same warriors as well as introducing humor into the mix. While some of the episodes are easy to follow, the complex cast of characters (Beowulf and Grendel are sadly sidelined) and the switches from one scene to ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Oakwing: A Fairy’s Tale by E. J. Clarke (review)
    • Abstract: Seven years ago, Rowan’s mother vanished without a trace, and on the anniversary of her mom’s disappearance, Rowan visits London’s Hyde Park, the last place her mother was seen. She falls asleep in tears under their favorite tree, and when she wakes up, she has become very tiny and gained wings. The magic of the tree that turned her into a fairy apparently did the same to her mother, so with the help of a cantankerous talking bird, a cheerful fairy boy, and a pet swan, she sets off to find her mother. On the way she encounters fairy-eating foxes, a villainous fairy who is also searching for Rowan’s mother, and another villainous fairy who’s keeping her captive. Within a brief page count, Clarke manages some heavy ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Funny Girl ed. by Betsy Bird (review)
    • Abstract: With female comedians faring particularly well these days, Bird’s collection is timely with its twenty-eight pieces of girl-power humor for the middle-grade set. Alison DeCamp’s gem of a story follows the exchange of letters between a girl and her grandfather, with good-natured snark about font choices, grammar, and their batty relationship. Meghan McCarthy’s comic features a rogue classroom helper and a stapler, Carmen Agra Deedy details her mother’s battle with the “Godless Germ,” and Libba Bray provides a helpful PSA about periods. Other contributors include Leila Sales, Shannon Hale, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Deborah Underwood, whose pet-advice column is a running gag throughout the book. Sure, the class clown ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano (review)
    • Abstract: Emmeline was ten when her mother died; by the time she reaches her twelfth birthday, she feels like she has lost her father as well, since he has spent the last two years hidden away in the basement building a ghost machine, convinced that if he can only make it work, he can bring Emmeline’s mother back. Emmeline is the one who finally figures out how to make the machine work: an object associated with a memory will bring a ghost back for a few minutes or a few hours—but when it vanishes, the memory that fueled the machine vanishes, too. From the start, the folly of the ghost machine seems obvious to Emmeline and her friend Gully, who both argue that losing memories is too high a price to pay. When tragedy strikes ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mae: Volume One by Gene Ha (review)
    • Abstract: This action-packed comic collection volume focuses on Abbie and Mae, two sisters who have been separated for seven years. Abbie disappeared, having slipped through a portal into another world at the age of thirteen, leaving Mae behind to care for their father while longing to have her sibling back. When Abbie suddenly resurfaces with wild stories about magical other worlds and without remorse for the damage of her disappearance, teenaged Mae struggles to make sense of her own mixed feelings, as suspicion, relief, anger, and love all war within her. There isn’t a lot of time for discussion, however, as dangerous beings have come through the portal with Abbie, seeking to use the portal and claim Earth for themselves. ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (review)
    • Abstract: Molly Peskin-Suso is seventeen and never been kissed, despite having crushed on twenty-six boys, while her twin sister, Cassie, has kissed nearly every girl she’s ever liked. Now her moms are deliriously happy over the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage and are happily planning their wedding, and Cassie has found the girl of her dreams in Mina. Molly feels woefully left behind, and she is determined to make a change. As is the way of young adult romance, she has two options: Will, a charming, good-looking flirt, and Reid, a nerdy, overweight guy whom Molly can actually talk to, or rather, not stop talking to. As Molly tries to figure out the vagaries of romantic love and sisterly loyalty, she credibly flips ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Unicorn in New York: Louie Lets Loose by Rachel Hamilton (review)
    • Abstract: Story Land, where Louie the Unicorn dwells, is shiny and happy and perfect, but it’s also So. Totally. Boring. When a request comes from the New York School of Performing Arts for artsy magical creatures, Louie packs his glitter, cake, tap shoes, and super acting skills and sets off for the Big Apple, where his relentlessly cheerful obliviousness helps him maneuver the NY streets with ease (he takes annoyed carhorn honks as praise). At school, he finds himself dorming with similarly happy, determined, aspiring performers (including a troll interpretative dancer), but rest of the student population is in thrall to the very competitive Arnie the Unicorn, who is particularly perturbed by Louie’s presence. Louie could ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bug Girl by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens (review)
    • Abstract: Amanda mourns her lost friendship with Emily, who suddenly became cool before starting sixth grade, and she’s realizing that she’s low on the school social ladder, but at least the insect-loving girl has an entire world of bug fascination to keep her busy. When her mother and Emily’s mother suddenly disappear, however, and Amanda starts developing weird, distinctively insect-like physical characteristics, it seems that she may be destined for way more than quiet social isolation. It turns out that Amanda’s and Emily’s moms are a superhero pair, and now that they’ve been kidnapped, it’s up to the girls to reconnect, come into their own powers, and do all the other stuff (costumes, identities, etc.) that comes with ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Higher, Steeper, Faster: The Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies by
           Lawrence Goldstone (review)
    • Abstract: There are plenty of books about early inventors in aviation (e.g., the Wright Brothers) and about risk-embracing showmen and -women (e.g., Harriet Quimby). Here Goldstone integrates these two themes to demonstrate that the daredevils were not just reckless adventurers but genuine innovators and test pilots who proved the viability of air travel to a breathless but skeptical populace, well before the planes would be used for military use in World War I or for commercial flights. In the earliest aircraft, every pilot was a daredevil, every technological tweak a bold experiment, every flight a hazard, every advance in distance or altitude goal a new record broken, and every first sighting of a plane overhead a banner ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry (review)
    • Abstract: Eighteen-year-old June O’Donnell grew up on her late father’s stories of her ancestors’ great adventures and the magic on their family farm, a place where the veil between the physical and the spiritual world supposedly thins. As a result, she believes that associating with the Angert family is forbidden, a proscription that becomes a problem when handsome twenty-one-year-old Saul Angert returns to their small town, expresses romantic interested in June, and disregards the two families’ supposed feud. Their complicated relationship is made even more so when the Window Whites, little dandelion-like puffballs that inhabit the O’Donnell farm, start bringing the two friends/more-than-friends into visions of the past ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt (review)
    • Abstract: Stevie is thirteen when her parents are killed in an accident and she’s forced to leave her New Mexico farm home to live in Texas with the maternal grandfather she’s never met. Winston proves to be a dour man focused mainly on keeping his hotel running as cheaply as possible, but Stevie finds support in hotel staff and residents, and she begins to glean bits of her parents’ mysterious backstory from the town locals and even from Winston. When she gets a chance to stay with her paternal aunt and her lively family, she sees another dimension of her parents’ story, but where, ultimately, will she choose to make her home? The suddenly orphaned child cast on unknown relatives is a fairly well-worn plot, but Holt brings ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Gnome-A-Geddon by K. A. Holt (review)
    • Abstract: Buck knows absolutely everything about the Triumphant Gnome Syndicate books, and when he actually glimpses the author at a book release party, it’s a dream come true; then the writer’s sudden disappearance sets Buck off on an adventure that will change his life forever. Thrust along with his friend Lizzie into a world where gnomes and trolls exist, Buck realizes that the mysterious author may not have been creating fantasy but relating the truth, and the beings whose lives he’s been adapting and stealing from aren’t thrilled. Buck and Lizzie can’t get too distracted by all the amazing things that surround them in this other world, however, because Buck’s anxious little sister has ended up in this magical world as ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Against the Odds by Amy Ignatow (review)
    • Abstract: In this worthy sequel to The Mighty Odds (BCCB 7/16), the motley crew of middle-schoolers is still trying to deal with their bizarre new powers while also trying to understand how they got them, whether they are in danger now, and what’s in their future. The powers themselves are reintroduced in a smooth way, as is the personality and place within the group of each of the kids, with Cookie continuing to be the bossy leader (superpower: hearing the thoughts of others if they are thinking spatial directions), Martina still the spacey observer (superpower: changing her eye color), and Nick still in the uncertain hero (superpower: teleporting four inches to the left). The other kids’ powers are equally odd, and then ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi (review)
    • Abstract: Everybody loves a day at the beach—well, everybody except for Sukie the small dog, who is frightened of just about everything there. Sukie’s young owner, Eleanor, does her best to encourage the pup but eventually leaves Sukie at the water’s edge along with Chunka Munka the sock monkey. When a wave grabs the toy and floats it out to sea, however, Sukie conquers her fear to save Chunka Munka, and “she felt braver than the bravest dog, because even though she was very small, Chunka Munka was smaller.” The text is deftly balanced between Sukie’s italicized stream-of-consciousness worries (“and those waves were big, and they were whooshy, . . . and besides, there might be lobsters”) and her real beach experience with ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Otherwise Known as Possum by Maria D. Laso (review)
    • Abstract: After the recent death of Mama and Baby, eleven-year-old Possum and her father must learn to care for each other in new and unanticipated ways. Who will teach Possum to become a lady? Who will cook supper and rub Daddy’s back? Possum is up for her part of the challenge, but rumors that Daddy is courting the new Yankee schoolteacher leave the girl feeling betrayed and alone, so she sets out, through humorous, masterful and at times diabolical plotting, to keep Daddy from forgetting their greatly missed family members. Set in the Depression-era south, this book sensitively handles coping and adjusting to life after the passing of a loved one, acknowledging the importance of remembering while still moving forward. The ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato (review)
    • Abstract: When her brother, Tyler, is found dead of an alleged heroin overdose, Megan is unable to accept the findings of the Washington, D.C. police and begins an investigation into her brother’s death, using her skills as a collage artist to examine the bits and pieces he has left behind. She finds that touching certain objects brings searing pain and visions of Tyler handling that object, and soon she finds a man who shares that skill, but he has motives beyond helping her as he reveals their gift to be more of a curse. Megan’s psychic episodes are given a convincing provenance and historical precedence by a connection with Lincoln’s assassination, which figures tidily into the storyline. Indeed, the mystery of Tyler’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton (review)
    • Abstract: Barton has championed unlovable arachnids in I’m Trying to Love Spiders (BCCB 10/15), and now she returns to encourage détente between the unseen narrator’s “best buddy Edgar,” who is terrified of stings, and the vast world of bees, the majority of whom have no interest in stinging him. The speaker tries to awe him with the sheer number of bee species, the hierarchy of their colonies, the cool features of bee anatomy (five eyes, two stomachs, wings that “lock together for flying, then come apart for easy storage!”). No dice. They’re still potential stingers. Only when she gets around to the topic of food—honey, and the bees’ pollination service that keeps our food supply going—does Edgar begin to soften. However ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari (review)
    • Abstract: Senior Amber Sand can see people’s soulmate with just a glance into their eyes, but her magical talents are a low rung on the spell-wielding ladder. Her witchy mom is much more powerful, so it’s surprising when Mom’s powers aren’t able to locate the missing fiancée of the Chicago mayor. Charlie, the mayor’s son and the most longed-for boy at Amber’s school, approaches Amber for help, wanting to know if his stepmom is his dad’s true match—and to keep her away if she’s not. It’s baffling that even after Amber sees that Cassandra is not the mayor’s true love, Charlie and Amber continue on a quest to find her, and the plot never overcomes this logical obstacle. The quirky magical underworld they go through during their ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman (review)
    • Abstract: In this original folk-type tale (available previously only online or as an audio file), Cinnamon is a South Asian princess who is blind and mute. Her father offers treasures for anyone who can teach her to speak, but all fail until a self-proclaimed man-eating tiger appears. When he proffers love, Cinnamon speaks, and when he describes to her the lush world outside the palace, she decides that she will leave with him. A nagging aunt and the tiger himself provide wry dark humor, and the tale’s trajectory offers a fairly oblique message about disability; the tiger’s love and the promise of walking a larger world alongside a fearless companion who handily dispatches naysayers will resonate deeply with children facing ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence (review)
    • Abstract: In this exuberant graphic novel, new kid Avani just can’t muster up much excitement for the unwelcoming Flower Scouts troop. Enter Mabel, a chirpy, funny, and warm blue alien who accidentally scoops Avani up into space and then into Mabel’s group of Star Scouts, and finally, Avani has found her kind of people—aliens. Though uncomfortable with having to lie to her dad about exactly which group of scouts she’s spending time with, Avani is thrilled to attend the week-long Star Scouts campout: a breathtaking, adventure-filled week of meeting an endless variety of aliens, competing in challenges, and facing bullies in satisfying ways (apparently summer camp is riddled with meanies no matter your planet). There’s a great ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot: How to Make a Peanut Butter, Jelly & Kung
           Fu Sandwich by Jason Bays (review)
    • Abstract: Marvin’s best friend is a clumsy, chaos-causing giant robot, who knows the secrets of perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and never shies away from an epic battle. That’s great, but Kung Fu Robot is not nearly as concerned about Marvin’s long-suffering mom as his human pal is, and while it’s probably good for Marvin to go with the flow a little more, it’s also Marvin who will ultimately be held responsible for any robotic catastrophes. Enough with the human fretting, however, and on to adventure—in this volume, the two are tasked with saving all pb&j from an evil chicken who wants to make everyone miserable and chooses the lunchtime favorite as a target. Our heroes zap, dash, splat, and crunch through ninja ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold (review)
    • Abstract: “I could stop loving you at anytime,” Nina’s mother informs a fourteen-year-old Nina. “No one loves without conditions.” Several years later, Nina understand the conditions by which her boyfriend Seth loves her: have plenty of sex, give him space, and, she learns one day, to promise to be willing to die with him. When she can’t fulfill that last one, he breaks up with her, and now she is left pregnant and alone, contemplating the stories of the virginal saints she learned about while on a trip to Italy with her mother years ago and preparing for her abortion. Nina is powerful, messy, and broken, and her voice oscillates between an aloof coolness and anxious neediness; her sex with Seth (and there’s a lot) is often ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl (review)
    • Abstract: Tess da Costa didn’t think of herself as a saint, but when the voices in her head revealed secrets and warned of danger, people began to pray to her and seek her help, and she felt responsible when her six-year-old neighbor, Ana, was kidnapped. When Tess dies at seventeen, shrines are set up all around her town, and the citizens there try to have her canonized, especially after the safe return of Ana. Meanwhile, Tess’ sister Callie believes that the sainthood effort is exploitive and unfair to the sister she knew, and she sets out to prove that Ana’s recovery is no miracle and to find the kidnapper herself. The various plot threads are revealed through three narrators: Ana, who refers to herself in third person and ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman (review)
    • Abstract: Sunflowers. Stars. A severed ear. Teen readers can be expected to reach for this title armed with basic information about Vincent Van Gogh’s life, but those who have read material focused solely on the painter will view him in a new light as Heiligman reintroduces him in relation to his younger brother, Theo. Having pledged their mutual bond as young men on the brink of adulthood, each was the other’s support, challenge, critic, sounding board, annoyance, nag, and unwavering source of unconditional love. Vincent, suffering flare-ups of mental illness, depended on financial support from Theo, who truly believed in Vincent’s artistic talent and was willing to patiently nurture it into fruition. A gallery manager for ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (review)
    • Abstract: Clever as a fox, stubborn as a mule, sixteen-year-old Sage isn’t suited to become a nobleman’s wife in Demora, but her keen intellect and studious observation make her an ideal apprentice to the kingdom’s matchmaker, arranging political marriages for the good of the kingdom. Sage and Darnessa, the matchmaker, are tasked with bringing eligible girls to an epic matchmaking event, and the trip is dangerous enough to require a military escort. Captain Quinn uses the opportunity as a recon mission, trying to suss out the reason for suspicious skirmishes on the border, and soon Sage finds herself recruited by the handsome general to spy on the girls, the soldiers, and the nobles that host them along the way. Sage is a ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik (review)
    • Abstract: Chloe has always felt responsible for her older sister, Ivy, who is on the autism spectrum. Now twenty-year-old Ivy is showing signs of curiosity about boyfriends, so Chloe decides to arrange a set-up with Ethan, a cute guy in Ivy’s special needs class. Chloe’s dismayed when she finds out that Ethan’s brother is David, a generally loathed classmate of hers, especially since David and Chloe will be joining the older sibs on their date. Things go wrong, but not in the way anyone expected: Ethan falls hard for Ivy, but Ivy realizes that she’d rather spend time with, and kiss, her classmate Diana. Meanwhile, David and Chloe’s shared experience of having a sibling with special needs deepens into something more than ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz (review)
    • Abstract: Schwartz revisits the prosperous days of the Cape Breton, Nova Scotia coal industry through the eyes of a young boy in the 1950s, watching his father go off to the coal seam that extends under the sea. The boy relates the quotidian details of his day (“When I get home for lunch, it goes like this—my mother has a baloney sandwich on the table and a tall glass of milk”), often pausing to remark on what Dad is doing “deep down under that sea.” The boy’s day is filled with sunshine, a good friend, a loving home, and glittering water, yet he registers unease that manifests in recurring thoughts of his father’s work in the dark. Then there’s his grandfather’s gravestone, which he visits: “My grandfather used to say, Bury ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (review)
    • Abstract: If you’re going to be kidnapped and enslaved in imperial Rome, at least being routed to a rigorous but empowering gladiatrix school seems a better deal than most alternatives. Fallon agrees, and she’s determined to forget about her murdered beloved (seeing his death was the reason she fled and was then abducted) and learn to fight with the best of them in Caesar’s battle arenas. Fallon’s stubborn, which doesn’t make her easy to love or train, but the brooding and mysterious Cai endures all of her rebuffs and continues to fall for her. It’s easy to be swept into this ambitious novel that offers romance, ferocious battles, political intrigue, and even an appearance from Cleopatra. A complex understory about the way ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bang by Barry Lyga (review)
    • Abstract: When Sebastian was four, he picked up his father’s unattended gun and shot his baby sister dead. Now he’s fourteen, his family has never recovered from the tragedy, and he’s considering this the summer he may finally end it all. Then he meets a girl, Aneesa, who’s new in town and doesn’t know Sebastian’s history the way the rest of town does; the two become friends, embarking on a video project together, but is Sebastian counting too much on Aneesa to save him from his own demons? The childhood tragedy is a gripping hook, and though the logistics are questionable, that’s not really the point; it’s about Sebastian’s struggle to deal with an aftermath that he’s reminded of every day, whether by mention or by ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Apartment 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou (review)
    • Abstract: Callie’s a newcomer to the upscale lifestyle of her fellow New York prep-school classmates, and with Dad’s job in the financial sector on the rocks and Mom’s designer soap start-up failing to, well, start up, Callie has plenty on her mind. The seventh-grader finds a peaceful space on the school roof, but a string of tardies have put her in the administration’s crosshairs, so she decides it’s easier to skip school altogether for the week and finds herself heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of her grandmother’s favorite places. During her museum meanderings she meets Cassius, the son of a pair of nonconformist professors who allow him to explore the city, setting his own educational agenda. Though Callie ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cody and the Rules of Life by Tricia Springstubb (review)
    • Abstract: There are few clear-cut rules in life, Cody learns in the latest installment of the Cody series (Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe, BCCB 3/16, etc.). At a sleepover at her friend Pearl’s house, Cody reluctantly agrees to trade toys, swapping her beloved, battered hand-me-down Gremlin for Pearl’s pristine Arctic Fox. Meanwhile, her brother Wyatt’s fancy new bike—“the Cobra”—gets stolen when he forgets to lock it up at his girlfriend’s house. Cody is certain she knows who stole Wyatt’s bike, but it turns out nothing is as straightforward as it seems. Has Cody turned into a thief herself, and will she lose both Gremlin and Pearl? Cody’s relationship to rules will appeal to readers; she struggles to follow some ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay (review)
    • Abstract: In this haunting Australian import, the survival of an isolated village depends on the ability of small girls to find mica deep within a nearby mountain. Jena is ferociously dedicated to leading her team through treacherous, exhausting, cramped paths inside the mountain day after day, scraping out the increasingly rare mica that is all that keeps their houses warm during winter and implicitly trusting the leaders, the Mothers, with her life. Jena already knew that the Mothers are keeping young girls small by binding them and carefully controlling their food intake and bone growth, but when she realizes they are inducing labor early at great risk to mother and infant, she begins to question their wisdom. This novel ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Things to Do by Elaine Magliaro (review)
    • Abstract: In a narrative that’s termed prose on the flap copy, labeled a story in rhyme by the Library of Congress, and may work best as a collection of individual poems, personified objects and concepts ranging from rain to scissors get a lyrical to-do list. “Things to do if you’re dawn” include “shoo away night/Wash the eastern sky with light./ Wake the sleeping sun”; “Things to do if you are a honeybee” begin “Flit among flowers/Sip nectar for hours.” The bookends of dawn and the moon suggests an arc to the thirteen to-dos, but they can be happily read on their own or in any order; rhymes both end and internal, deft alliteration, and clever turns of phrase (erasers should “be pliable and pink”) make these little odes ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (review)
    • Abstract: The summer before senior year, Lucy’s life takes more than a few hits: her mom’s cancer returns, her boyfriend puts their relationship on “pause,” and her parents ask her to be a counselor at Camp Daybreak instead of spending the summer with them at her Christian pastor father’s summer retreat. Camp Daybreak, dubbed the “hippie camp” by Lucy and her friends, is a place for kids struggling with various issues, such as teen pregnancy, bullying, sexual identity, anger, etc. Lucy’s certain she’s going to hate it, but she finds surprising acceptance and commiseration among kids who have their own emotional baggage, and she makes particular connections with trans Anna, tough as nails Simmons, and grieving Jones. The book ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • 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.Abandonment–fiction: CrowderAbuse–fiction: Oseman; ZarrAccidents–fiction: ZentnerAdoption–fiction: Carter; CrowderADVENTURE: Bays; Becker; Fajardo; Ha; Harper; Holt, K. A.; Ignatow; Lawrence; ZhangAfrican Americans–fiction: Frank; WatsonAfrican Americans–stories: CooperAfterlife–fiction: ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Shawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley (review)
    • Abstract: To say Shawn loves sharks is an understatement; obsession or mania might be better terms. When he’s not drawing sharks or reading about sharks or watching shark movies, he’s channeling sharks and terrorizing kids on the playground with his CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP-ing. There’s trouble in the waters, though, when his teacher announces a project on predators, and Shawn is assigned the topic of leopard seals; even worse, his frequent playground victim, Stacy, gets the great white shark. She won’t trade, she can’t be bribed with cookies, and she soon revels in the delicious information that sharks prey on leopard seals. Game on. Stacy the shark now chases Shawn around the playground until he makes the nasty observation that ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Our Very Own Dog by Amanda McCardie (review)
    • Abstract: When the narrator was four, her family got Sophie the dog from an animal shelter, and that’s how the girl learned about dogs. In a format familiar from natural history books such as Nicola Davies’ Just Ducks (BCCB 4/12), the main text describes our heroine’s adventures with Sophie (“Sophie could move quickly when she wanted to, as we found out when she first smelled sausages”) while smaller-font text gives information about dogs and good dog ownership (“A dog’s sense of smell is one to ten thousand times more sensitive than a person’s”). While the dog-show ending is forced and unnecessary, the rest of the book provides an effective blend of you-are-there pet companionship and informative details about man’s best ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Caroline’s Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully (review)
    • Abstract: Her growth stunted by typhus and her face marred by smallpox scars, Caroline Herschel was deemed unmarriageable by her eighteenth-century family and looked forward to spending her years as housekeeper and knitter-in-chief to her father’s household, and later to that of her older brother William. A musician, William saw other possibilities for Caroline, and besides running his household in England, she learned to sing soprano in aid of his career. When William turned his talents to astronomy, Caroline was there at the ready as helpmate yet again, making manure molds for his telescope mirror, learning the math for his celestial observations, and ultimately making her own mark in astronomy as a skilled comet hunter ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy (review)
    • Abstract: Camp So-and-So is a surprise to the twenty-five campers who arrive there expecting the usual outdoor summer camp (to which they’ve all been granted scholarships). The girls are divided into five cabins, and each cabin has a mystery to solve (involving supernatural elements, weird background stories, and a requirement to work together effectively or face mortal peril). There are very few grownups around and even more oddness than it initially appears, so it’s lucky that the girls have deep reserves of pluck and smarts to draw from that will keep them out of the hands of the soul-sucking beings for whom they are entertainment. Add in some clear references to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a subplot about a missing ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (review)
    • Abstract: Twin sisters Cass and Becca know the limits of their four-mile cell where their whole community lives and works and where they’re all under the rule of The United. When Becca disappears, the local Provost tries to deny anything suspicious is afoot, but Cass won’t let her twin be erased and embarks on a quest to save Becca. It turns out that Becca has been taken to a horrifying prison where the prisoners die either at one another’s hands or by public execution, so she’s on borrowed time. Three different narrative voices are employed: Becca’s defiant, Cass is anxious but determined, and then a third-person perspective offers context for this complex, altered United States. The world building is choppy, but by the end ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (review)
    • Abstract: Budding creative writer Carver fears that he will always be best known only for the two sentences of a text that were the last things his best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake, saw before they were all killed in a horrific accident likely caused by the driver’s attempt to text back. Carver can’t help feeling responsible; Mars’s father, an imposing judge, agrees and presses for an investigation. Beset by panic attacks, Carver takes his older sister’s advice to see a therapist, and between talks with his wise doctor, a growing friendship with Eli’s girlfriend, Jessmyn, and a somewhat forced playfulness with his sister, he begins a stop-and-start grieving process. Through Carver’s memories, readers get to know this ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mother Goose Refigured: A Critical Translation of Charles Perrault’s
           Fairy Tales by Christine A. Jones, and Eight Children in Narnia: The
           Making of a Children’s Story by Jared Lobdell-Gainer (review)
    • Abstract: Jones, Christine A. Mother Goose Refigured: A Critical Translation of Charles Perrault’s Fairy Tales. Wayne State University Press, 2016 216p illus. with photographsPaper ed. ISBN 978-0-8143-3892-6 $31.99E-book ed. ISBN 978-0-8143-3893-3 $24.99Jones, a French professor who specializes in seventeenth and eighteenth century France, introduces her book with an exploration of gender politics, presenting a more conceptual translation of femaleness in the stories and the modernization of gender roles within the form’s conventions. A following section makes note of various interpretations and translations, as well as focusing on the scholarly movement to analyze classic fairy tales before they became classics (and were ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Blue Ethel by Jennifer Black Reinhardt (review)
    • Abstract: Ethel the cat is an fat, old black and white cat who’s the surveyor of her kingdom (the backyard), monitor of weather, and chaser of villains (mostly bugs). One day, however, her special sleepytime spot on the sidewalk has been chalked blue, and after a good stretch and roll, Ethel’s a cerulean shade as well. An unhappy Ethel hides inside until she notices Fluffy, “a young, and slim, and usually white” kitty who has turned himself pink in solidarity with Ethel’s new look and who invites Ethel outside for her daily routine. There is a gentle humor to Ethel’s story, with a cozy, rhythmic text that moves the readers along in a steady but soft pace. Ethel, with her rotund, scratchily lined figure, lumbers through ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Revenge of the Star Survivors by Michael Merschel (review)
    • Abstract: In this zany, clever story, an inveterate fanboy must blend into his new harsh surroundings, otherwise known as Festus Middle School, after a midyear move takes him out of his comfortable old life. Geeks, nerds, sci fi buffs, and likely any social outsider will find an amusing and/or poignant point of reference here, as Clark looks through a sci-fi lens at his normal life in his new school. There he must deal with a tyrannical ex-military principal (whose bluster hides the fact that he falsified his military background), a wide variety of bullies, and seemingly no allies to be found anywhere other than the snarky, fearless librarian, but it turns out his compatriots are just adept at hiding. Once he’s assembled ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs by Carol Murray (review)
    • Abstract: Bugs in the popular sense of the term are the topic in this collection of twentynine brief poems. Crickets and cicadas, dung beetles and flies all feature in rhymed verse rarely more than ten lines in length, supported by a prose paragraph of a few sentences that gives a more factual take on the insect. The poems are slight but chirpy, sometimes slipping in information about an insect’s behavior, sometimes about its popular perception; the factual paragraphs are inclined to be choppy and disjointed but they add some heft to the entries. Sweet’s illustrations are the real glory here; her familiar blend of delicacy and quirky character, with watercolor and soft lines contrasting with clipped bits of collage, is ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (review)
    • Abstract: Three years ago, a devastating event known as the Spill altered the world; while the book doesn’t specify what that event was, the effects are clear in the photographs that Addison takes. Addison just wants to care for her younger sister, Lexa (silent since the Spill), who spends most of her time with a creepy doll, so Addison takes pictures in the Spill Zone and lets a dealer sell them off to collectors. When one collector tracks Addison down and offers her an extraordinary amount of money to retrieve an object from the Spill Zone instead of just taking a pic, the decision to do so may change everything about her and her sister’s life. There’s a lot of setup in this first entry in a graphic novel series, but the ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ugly Cat & Pablo by Isabel Quintero (review)
    • Abstract: The prospect of a sweet snack will always get Pablo the mouse and his pal Ugly Cat moving, and the festival in the park today offers all sorts of delicious prospects. When the two pals sight “The Cart” offering mouthwatering paletas, Ugly Cat nearly faints with desire: “If I don’t get one, I will surely die. . . . Ahhh! I’m dying, Pablo!” The two come up with a foolproof plan that involves Pablo scaring the bejeezus out of a little girl, causing her to drop her paleta (and a few chicharrones) and leaving the animal friends to their feast. The plan goes completely awry, with a series of wacky events leading Pablo to believe that Ugly wants to eat him (not true), and thus causing an understandable rift in their ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • House of Furies by Madeleine Roux (review)
    • Abstract: When young Louisa is offered the chance to get off the streets of nineteenth-century England and work as a maid in Coldthistle House, she jumps at it, even though the lady offering it to her is straight up creepy and the house is even creepier. It turns out that Coldthistle House is no ordinary house but a place where justice is meted out to the sinful and where the staff kills the guests, who have all been compelled here to meet their maker. Louisa wants no part of Coldthistle’s operation, especially when she becomes attached to Lee, a nice young male guest, but every effort to escape lands her back at Coldthistle along with a sneaking suspicion that she does indeed belong there. Shadows with gnashing teeth ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (review)
    • Abstract: Frances Janvier is doing everything she thinks she needs to do to get into Cambridge and nothing she doesn’t, such as spending time with friends and enjoying herself. She does have one non-school-related creative outlet, and that is drawing fan art for an obscure serial podcast punningly named Universe City. When she discovers that the anonymous creator of the podcast is her neighbor, Aled, brother to Carys, a girl on whom she once had a crush, Frances begins a long overdue education in what it means to be and to have a friend. Like the protagonist of the author’s Solitaire (BCCB 5/15), Frances has a biting intelligence and a skewed self-image, but in this book it’s Aled who’s in real trouble. Emotionally abused by ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli by James Parks
           and Ben Costa (review)
    • Abstract: This clever graphic novel introduces teen readers to a memorable pair of protagonists—Rickety Stitch, the irrepressible skeleton bard with little memory of who he actually used to be, and his best friend and constant companion, a cube of blue jello-type substance known as Goo. After Rickety gets booted from his job for essentially being a terrible skeleton (most are soulless collections of bones that work tirelessly, while Rickety prefers napping, chatting, and trying to remember the lyrics to a song that plays out on the edges of his memory), the two pals get wrapped up in a dangerous quest involving imps, gnomes, unicorns, a lich, and the ever-persistent question of who Rickety used to be and where his destiny ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket (review)
    • Abstract: As the result of an easily inferred turn of events, “Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in a bowl on the dresser in a boy’s room.” Lonely with no one to talk to, he floats (belly up, of course) out the window and to various stops in the seaside town. However, neither the noisy gulls at the pier, the families at the beach, nor even the ghostly fish are the right fit for him (“It can be hard to find the company you are looking for”). Finally he’s invited into the lighthouse (that “everyone said was haunted”) by the ghost of the lighthouse keeper, and the two make a happy haunted home together. The tone of the measured text perfects this odd story: confident, quiet, and slightly formal, it’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff (review)
    • Abstract: The illegitimate product of a one-night stand between his cash-strapped white mother and a black sailor in 1907 Liverpool, Beck is orphaned at eleven. He ends up at a Christian Brothers school in Ontario, where is he raped by one of the brothers, and he’s then shipped off to farm, whose owners overwork and under-feed him. Running away from the farm, he finds temporary respite with Bone, a black man who runs rum across the Canadian border into Detroit, and his woman Irma, who involve him in the illegal operation but also offer him a first glimpse of what a stable home and a loving relationship can look like. A deal gone deadly wrong, however, puts Beck back on the road headed toward Vancouver, only to be sidetracked ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Reaper by Kyra Leigh (review)
    • Abstract: Apparently the road to afterlife paradise requires the reaping of three souls, a fact that fifteen-year-old Rosie has just found out after dying in a car crash and landing in some sort of spiritual limbo. The thought of bringing death to someone turns her stomach, but she’s willing to complete her task with the hope that she will meet her father, who died of cancer the year before, in the next spiritual realm. Reaping has all sorts of rules, though, and Rosie manages to break the most important one—don’t befriend anyone, ever—on day one, making pals of hottie Kyle and his cute little sister. Rule-breaking comes with punishment, and Rosie’s final assignment brings her a terrible choice. Rosie is most sympathetic in ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon (review)
    • Abstract: Be patient and quiet, and Hel will tell you herself how she landed in the underworld as Queen of the Dead. She’ll describe her heartbreaking childhood with her horrible brothers, Fenrir and Jormungand, wolf and snake, and the occasional visits from her father, Loki. She’ll let you in on her first love, her deepest secret hopes for herself that she covers with a sardonic veneer, and how she slowly moves to acceptance of herself, decaying legs, lonely heart, and all. This clever novel, first published in the UK, wastes no time diving into Hel’s story and as it’s all told in her own angry, jaded voice, there’s not a moment where we aren’t engaging with this peppery offspring of a giantess and a god. The descriptions ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Wish Granter by C. J Redwine (review)
    • Abstract: In this loosely associated companion novel to The Shadow Queen, illegitimate twins must step into royal roles after their father, the king, dies. Ari doesn’t know it at first, but her brother, Thad, has made a horrifying deal with a fae Wish Granter, Teague, who is known for his contracts that trick and trap despite seeming to grant what one wants. Once Ari figures out what’s going on with her brooding, guilty brother, she decides she’ll save him and the whole kingdom from Teague. Along the way she acquires a man, the moody and defensive and damaged Sebastian, who wears his life trauma like armor, and decides she’ll fix him as well. Teague is a brilliant villain, callous in his fae disregard for humanity even while ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Love, Ish by Karen Rivers (review)
    • Abstract: Ish really wants to go to Mars, and she’s got the research, multiple failed applications for the Mars Now project, and single-minded determination to prove it. When increasing headaches reveal a malignant brain tumor, it becomes jarringly clear to the seventh-grader that she may not even see adulthood, let alone ever embark on a space adventure. Suddenly her lists of all the things she would miss when she left Earth become poignant, even tragic, and a whole new list of stuff she probably won’t ever get to do just adds to the heartbreak of her life, narrated in a series of monologues that don’t pull off the scientific distance she thinks she has. Luckily, she is nowhere near as alone as she believes, and those who ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ready, Set . . . Baby! by Elizabeth Rusch (review)
    • Abstract: Books about the arrival of a new sibling are a dime a dozen, but Rusch brings new energy to the topic with this frank, funny, and helpful guide to coexisting with a baby. After a fairly standard intro about Mom’s pregnancy, our protagonists, Anna and Oliver, describe the experience in both main text and speech balloons. There’s helping Dad with diaper changes (“It’s like being the copilot, handing stuff like wipes, washcloths, and these funny T-shirts called onesies”), the truth about the entertainment value of a new baby (“Playing with a new baby is like playing with a loaf of bread”), and a helpful list of “What to Do While Everyone Stares at the Baby.” Ultimately there’s a blend of genuinely useful tips and good ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (review)
    • Abstract: Arturo lives alone in a makeshift community of shacks made of packing crates and sheet metal on the outskirts of Juárez, Mexico. His former best friend Faustino has joined a gang and transferred his spiritual allegiance from Cristo Rey to Santa Muerte (Saint Death), and he has stolen from his boss to pay coyotes to get his girlfriend and their baby across the border; he wants Arturo, with his skill at cards, to win money to cover the theft. Arturo ends up in debt himself, and his search for cash leads him to the father he thought was dead but who has joined the cartel—and to a fatal choice. Sedgwick’s literary craftsmanship is the only light in the unrelenting darkness of this all-too-realistic story. Faustino and ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith
           (review)
    • Abstract: A young girl delights in following her father, the castle falconer, as he takes a hawk and hound out on a hunt. Her semi-cumulative, partially rhymed verse, set in large font, supplies a narrative accessible to a young audience, while boxed insets in smaller italicized font provide scene-by-scene descriptions and explanations of the sport of falconry and how trained birds bring down their prey. Ibatoulline’s lush, painterly spreads work in harmony with the text, tantalizing viewers with visual details of the garb and accouterments (both bird’s and falconer’s) of the sport, and immediately supplying answers as quickly as a listener can formulate a question. The delicate, feathered object that engrosses the girl’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder (review)
    • Abstract: In the first half of this four-chapter book, brothers Charlie and Mouse are up early for their neighborhood party, and after they drag their bleary-eyed parents out of bed, the quartet heads out for some local fun. Along the way, they’re joined by a few friends until a parade of kiddos marches along the sidewalk to the apparent site of the party: an empty playground perfect for the kids to claim for the day for “the best party ever!” The third chapter sees Charlie and Mouse attempting to earn some money by selling rocks, and the concluding part of the book has the two brothers insisting on a banana bedtime treat. The money-making scheme offers the most humor, as the boys’ plan to get rid of rocks ends up with them ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires (review)
    • Abstract: Lou is no shrinking violet. She tears around the neighborhood with her friends on their imaginative adventures, building mattress forts, rescuing wild (stuffed) animals, playing pirates . . . Well, not so fast on that pirate thing. Her friends have decided that a tree will make the perfect pirate ship, and after they’ve all shinnied up into the branches, Lou is left on the ground running through a list of excuses why she won’t be joining them. Of course the real reason is she can’t climb the tree. She finally musters the moxie to give it a try, but “THUD!” Nope. She has great friends, though, who pick a new game, playing castle on the playground equipment, and she’ll try again tomorrow; maybe she’ll make it this ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Who Broke the Vase? by Jeffrey Turner (review)
    • Abstract: “Who broke the vase?” booms a glaring yellow sentence in a turquoise speech bubble afloat in ominous deep purple space. A small dog—all black silhouette with ping-pong ball eyes—launches his fast-talking litany of accusations: “An elephant walked through the room and accidentally bumped into the vase with his trunk.” That one evidently won’t fly, but there’s another hot on its heels: “Did I say an elephant? I meant a mouse.” On it goes, with the prevaricating pup getting ever more panicky and the imaginary scenarios of the mishap playing out across the spread. Even when an intervening grownup speech bubble catches him in a fib (“We don’t have a baby”), the dog is undeterred, but finally ’fesses up when directly ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (review)
    • Abstract: Being a black scholarship student at majority white private school St. Francis has been a mixed experience for Jade, and it’s only the promise of funding for university that convinces her to participate in the Woman to Woman mentorship program for African-American girls. Her mentor, recent college graduate Maxine, is young and flaky, bailing on program activities to fight with her boyfriend, but she’s also smart and interested in Jade and her potential as a collage artist. As Jade negotiates the class differences between Maxine and her and between St. Francis and home, she also navigates the rocky terrain of friendship with a white fellow scholarship student, Sam, who doesn’t seem to see the racism that Jade faces. ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler (review)
    • Abstract: “What is this tangle of stuff? It looks like a pile of spaghetti,” says the text about the photograph of black-spotted, jelly-like squiggles creeping over the gutter from the recto spread that is surely enigmatic and even a bit creepy. A page turn reveals that the spots are embryos, thousands of them encased in each jelly string, and a single little egg “would just fit inside this o.” The book updates every few days the progress of the eggs as they hatch into tadpoles, bringing readers along with large close-up photos, enhanced by insets and labels, that make it easy to view each new anatomical bit discussed in the text. In his closing notes Wechsler addresses how he captured his photographs both in the wild and ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (review)
    • Abstract: Gem used to be the caregiver for her younger sister, Dixie, but now Dixie has grown into a rebellious fourteen-year-old who doesn’t need her sister’s help and even occasionally scores oxy for their mom, while Gem has become a solitary, disaffected seventeen-year-old. When her father reappears in their lives after years of no contact, Gem and her mother know better than to trust him, but Dixie still holds out hope. When Gem finds a backpack full of cash hidden by their father under her bed, she takes the money and convinces Dixie to join her for a few days away from their parents so that their reactions will reveal to Dixie what they really care about. While the story is focalized through Gem, Dixie’s perspective is ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Say Hello, Sophie! by Rosemary Wells (review)
    • Abstract: In this new entry in the Sophie series, the little mouse is having trouble saying a “Big Girl Hello” and “Big Girl Thank You.” Every time one of her parents tells her to say “hello,” “goodbye,” or “thank you” to another adult, “it was just too embarrassing for Sophie to say those grown-up words.” Luckily, Sophie’s grandmother comes to the rescue, getting a convenient toothache just outside the ice cream parlor: “Brave girl, take charge!” Granny tells Sophie, sending her inside to order. Without any adults to tell her what to say, Sophie finally overcomes her shyness. This sympathetic portrayal of a child’s difficulty speaking to and in front of adults will resonate both parents and little listeners. Sophie’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang (review)
    • Abstract: Mia is excited to spend a month in China with her free-spirited aunt Lin (and her brother and mom), reconnecting with Chinese family and exploring the nearby areas. When an old acquaintance of her aunt’s comes around, asking odd questions about an ancient, missing treasure that he and her aunt used to search for, Mia is suspicious, and when her aunt goes missing the next day, Mia knows Lin is in danger. Fortunately, Mia’s got some clues about what might have happened, and her cleverness, paired with her brother’s reluctant but loyal help, helps her determine the location of the long sought after treasure and her missing aunt. There are a few too many lucky circumstances and discoveries that aid the kids, but ... Read More
      Keywords: Interpersonal relations; Bornstein, Michael,; Race relations; Cats; Cristofori, Bartolomeo,; Lesbian youth; Beowulf,; Syed, Anoosha,; Air pilots; Grief; Brothers and sisters; Human-alien encounters; Robots; Sisters; Gogh, Vincent van,; Caesar, Julius
      PubDate: 2017-03-27T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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