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3L : Language, Linguistics, Literature     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
@nalyses     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
a/b : Auto/Biography Studies : Journal of The Autobiography Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Abgadiyat     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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: 6)
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: 23)
Anagramas : Rumbos y Sentidos de la Comunicación     Open Access  
Anales Galdosianos     Full-text available via subscription  
Âncora : Revista Latino-Americana de Jornalismo     Open Access  
andererseits : Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Aniki : Revista Portuguesa da Imagem em Movimento     Open Access  
ANTARES (Letras e Humanidades)     Open Access  
Anuari de Filologia. Llengües i Literatures Modernes     Open Access  
Anuário de Literatura     Open Access  
Anuario Lope de Vega. Texto, literatura, cultura     Open Access  
Appalachian Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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)
Biblioteca Escolar em Revista     Open Access  
Biography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Black Camera     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Boletim de Pesquisa NELIC     Open Access  
Book History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 116)
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  
Cadernos de Letras da UFF     Open Access  
Cahiers Balkaniques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
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  
CELEHIS : Revista del Centro de Letras Hispanoamericanas     Open Access  
Cervantes : Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Chasqui. Revista Latinoamericana de Comunicación     Open Access  
Children's Literature Association Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Chloe: Beihefte zum Daphnis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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: 20)
Comparative Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
Comparative Literature Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
Comparative Mythology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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: 2)
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  
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: 4)
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: 37)
Ecotone     Full-text available via subscription  
Ecozon@ : European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
EDGE - A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Educação & Linguagem     Open Access  
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 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: 1)
English Text Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
English: Journal of the English Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Enthymema     Open Access  
Entrelaces     Open Access  
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ESC: English Studies in Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Escritura e Imagen     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Eslavística Complutense     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Essays in Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Essays in French Literature and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Estudios de Literatura Colombiana     Open Access  
Estudios de Teoría Literaria - Revista digital: artes, letras y humanidades     Open Access  
Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense     Open Access  
Estudis de Literatura Oral Popular / Studies in Oral Folk Literature     Open Access  
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: 5)
European Romantic Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
ExELL : Explorations in English Language and Linguistics     Open Access  
Exercices de Rhétorique     Open Access  
Figurationen     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Fólio : Revista de Letras     Open Access  
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   (Followers: 1)
Goethe Yearbook     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
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)

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   ISSN (Print) 0008-9036 - ISSN (Online) 1558-6766
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  • The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey (review)
    • Abstract: Eddie is a tiny green bug who lives with his extended family in among human fourth-graders in their classroom at Ferny Creek Elementary. When his aunt Min disappears, he braves spiders, vacuum cleaners, and kids’ careless footsteps to find her in the school library; there the two overhear the new librarian, Ms. Visch, plotting to turn the library into a testing center. Eddie’s determined to save the day, so he embarks on a campaign of messages he writes in blueberry juice on sticky notes and places around the library. Eddie’s bug’s-eye view renders the familiar environs of the elementary school hilariously strange and thrilling. Bookworms (book bugs?) will instantly recognize themselves in Eddie, whose ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Posted by John David Anderson (review)
    • Abstract: Eric, whose nickname has been Frost since he won a poetry contest, is fortunate to find middle-school friends in three other guys whose outsider status binds them into a tightknit, supportive group: J.J., called Bench because he warms that seat for every team he’s on, Advik, called DeeDee because of his fondness for Dungeons & Dragons, and Morgan, called Wolf in honor of fellow piano prodigy Mozart. They are joined at their lunch table by new girl Rose, whose large size invites ridicule, but whose confidence and physical strength are more than a match for the bullies whose venom against Wolf, who is gay, turns nasty. The main conflict focuses on the students’ response to the banning of cell phones in school ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (review)
    • Abstract: Janna’s a sophomore when Farooq, the cousin of her best friend, sexually assaults her. Since Janna’s close-knit Muslim community sees Farooq, who has memorized the entire Quran, as the exemplar of piety, Janna keeps quiet in the assumption that no one will believe her. She focuses on her illicit crush on non-Muslim Jeremy, but Farooq even manages to ruin that by lying to Jeremy about his relationship with Janna. When she fails miserably at her part in a regional quiz competition due to Farooq’s lurking presence, she realizes she needs to find a way to bring the truth to light. Janna is a highly sympathetic narrator and authentic teen, and the book is believable in making her reaction to Farooq’s assault part ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Exit Strategy by Lauren Allbright (review)
    • Abstract: Ross Stevens hasn’t even enrolled in his new middle school, but already he’s planning the epic performance that will signal his departure from it. The son of a single mom who is a bassoonist with a traveling theatrical company, Ross is accustomed to school hopping, and he is perfecting his skills at making a grand exit from Number Twelve with a memorable, suspension-worthy stunt—believing he won’t be around to serve the suspension. His grandfather takes a fall, though, and needs Mom’s help, so Ross is stuck in academic limbo longer than he anticipated. Since he has to deal with a science fair requirement, he chooses to investigate the concept of Funny, in practical preparation for his inevitable release. The ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander (review)
    • Abstract: Eleven-year-old Rosa Díaz is surprised when her mother—one of the most talented ghost appeasers around—moves them to Ingot, the world’s only unhaunted town. Meanwhile, Jasper knows that ghosts flock the rest of the world, but he’s happy with his ghostless existence in Ingot. Things change, though, when an angry, otherworldly creature stampedes its way through Jasper’s parents’ renaissance fair; Rosa is thrilled to put the skills she has learned from her mother (whose grief over her husband’s death has driven her to give up appeasing and therefore led her to Ingot) to the test, while Jasper is both stoked and terrified to come along from the ride. The monstrous spirit makes its appearance early, setting the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner (review)
    • Abstract: Sometimes you can tell a book has a lot going for it right away; the pieces come together to make a distinctive whole, and describing each aspect of the book demands critical rigor to avoid simply gushing, mash-note style, about what the author has accomplished. Such is the experience with this hilarious French graphic novel about a male fox who becomes a mother to an unusual trio. The Big Bad Fox may not be quite the intimidating force he’d like to be, but he’s got high hopes that one of these times he’ll leave the farm with something more delicious than root vegetables. When he joins forces with a wolf who seems to have big and bad well in hand, it appears that Fox’s luck may have changed as he ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Special Ones by Em Bailey (review)
    • Abstract: As one of the Special Ones, sixteen-year-old Esther lives a simple tech-free life on a remote farm with three other teens, all chosen by a mysterious leader who then forces them to give “spiritual guidance” to followers through chat rooms and an online store. One step out of line, though—not fixing the meal correctly, darning a sock wrong, or, the worst infraction, getting too close to another Special One — and the offender disappears from their midst, replaced by a new kidnapped teen. When Esther’s friend Harry gets his renewal notice, the two make a plan to escape, but their leader isn’t about to let them go easily. This is a deeply creepy and taut thriller, with the early chapters focusing on Esther and ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (review)
    • Abstract: Among her immortal Amazon sisters on the island of Themyscira, Diana is somewhat of a runt, untested in battle and untrusted to be the next queen. When she saves a mortal from an explosion at sea by secretly bringing the girl to the island against the rules, the effects are immediate and devastating, with the island shaking with earthquakes and fever spreading. The Oracle tells Diana that she must get Alia away from their home and that if Diana follows the girl into the mortal world, she’ll either find great glory or death. Desperate to win her sisters’ respect, she goes with Alia only to realize her she’s leapt from the frying pan into the fire: Alia is a Warbringer, a descendent of Helen of Troy, and upon ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry (review)
    • Abstract: Begonia is a girl in search of a cow, Key’s a boy in search of an adventure, and the emperor, who is far from his kingdom with only an ostrich for company, just wants to get back home but there are dramatic political forces conspiring against him. Once the cow and ostrich fall in love, the three humans’ lives are intertwined. Since the emperor is under a spell that prevents him from revealing his true identity, Key and Begonia know him only as Lumi, the arrogant, spoiled, helpless man who orders them around. Soon Begonia is deeply embroiled in an entertaining and somewhat perilous effort to save Lumi (who is, in a clever coup attempt, imprisoned and falsely charged with killing the emperor), especially now ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • 14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop (review)
    • Abstract: The night of the sixth-grade dance, everything changes for Maddie, but not in the way she’d hoped. She was supposed to dance with, and maybe kiss, her male friend Avery, but instead, Avery asks new girl Gabriella to dance—and a freak tornado rips through their Massachusetts town. The tornado destroys both Maddie and Avery’s homes, and they find themselves living together for the summer in a neighbor’s large home while their families rebuild. Despite its first-romance setup, the emotional impact of this coming-of-age novel lies in its sensitive exploration of Maddie’s changing friendships in the transition from elementary school to junior high. No one her age other than Avery can really understand what it’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury (review)
    • Abstract: Ram, an eleven-year-old street boy in the Indian city of Chandigarh, finds himself in a whirlwind of trouble when, in his usual routine of playing gilli, a batting game, for earnings and food, he wins the wealthy bully Peach Fuzz’s pocket money and expensive watch. Now Peach Fuzz and his cronies are after him, and Ram scrambles to find a way to escape them and pay his debts. Amidst the excitement of close calls and quick escapes, Ram finds sanctuary and friendship with a man named Nek, who gives Ram glimpses of a wider world through thrifted sculptures and the enthralling traditional story of the legendary Rama. Interpolated chapters featuring bolded text and mehndi-designed page decorations highlight the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll (review)
    • Abstract: Our nameless narrator lives with her down and out mother in an abandoned city grain mill she calls “the Castle,” which is where they moved after her mother promised they’d never sleep on the streets and she’d never drink again. The girl loves the Castle, but it’s looking like Ma’s breaking her second promise, and it also looks like there are construction plans afoot for the mill that will mean the end to safety there. Can the girl save her mother and her home? The narrator writes affectingly of her desperate life of hanging on to her troubled mother and finally finding some peace when they stayed with Gran, only to lose it after an argument. While the setting is unspecified, the details and the authorial ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • We Come Apart by Brian Conaghan (review)
    • Abstract: This verse novel in two voices features Jess, a British girl with a troubled home life who is acting out by shoplifting and cultivating a bad attitude, and Nicu, a fifteen-year-old temporary immigrant whose Roma family has moved to England to earn enough money to pay for a bride for Nicu back home. After both are caught shoplifting, they are required to participate in a “reparation scheme” for youthful offenders; Nicu, deciding that Jess is the perfect girl for him, presses his suit and Jess cautiously responds, aware of the intense anti-immigrant sentiment of her friends. In fact, her friends and their parents, including Jesss abusive stepfather, are to a person exaggerated post-Brexit-vote bigots, giving ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt (review)
    • Abstract: Somewhere between Goosebumps and H. P. Lovecraft lies the territory for middle-school supernatural horror, and de Quidt runs his rails right through it. Eight tales, which skew beyond eerie all the way to scary, are set into a framing story about a boy who misses his train home and bails onto an ill-lit platform with only the company of a garrulous old man and his dog. The oldster reels out his horror-laced tales with obvious delight in the growing discomfort he’s causing the boy. It’d be difficult not to get creeped out when left alone with a stranger who carries on about a woman who drowns babies, a classic Cadillac that recreates a death ride for its new owners, a babysitter stuck with siblings who devour ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Super Manny! by Kelly Dipucchio (review)
    • Abstract: No, it’s not a picture book about a male nanny, but a small raccoon boy whose capes empower him to battle a variety of nemeses after school (“When he wore his blue cape, he saved the world from an ocean of unsavory sea creatures”). At school he wears his special invisible cape (a concept that smacks of brilliant parental invention), and when he sees a big kid bullying a little one in the lunchroom it’s that invisible cape that empowers him to say the magic words “Stop it. . . . You’re being mean.” When other kids join in his defense, the big kid backs down (and Manny gets a sidekick). The sequence of Manny’s imagined adversaries goes on a little too long, and the point is unabashedly programmatic (and the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cosmic Commandos by Christopher Eliopoulos (review)
    • Abstract: Jeremy doesn’t really like other people, so when he discovers that his cereal-box prize, a ring, is actually magical and that he is now the superhero in a video game come to life, he tries to go it alone to defeat all of the villains. It doesn’t matter that his twin brother Justin has great ideas too, or that Justin’s read the guide book to this video game, or that Justin is, in fact, exactly what Jeremy ultimately needs to defeat the final boss—Jeremy spends most of this graphic novel firmly rejecting his brother. The shock of bright colors, giant sound effects, and visually cool villains amp up the fun and zippy excitement of this graphic novel. Unfortunately, Jeremy’s such a jerk that it’s hard to connect ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis (review)
    • Abstract: Child-care duties have fallen to twelve-year-old Olivia Hales since her mom hasn’t been able get her act together after her husband took off; now Olivia’s skipping school to watch her sister Berkeley and basically running the household in their dinky trailer in Sunny Pines Trailer Park. The two things Olivia pins her hopes for a better day on are: first, that Dad will get her letters and come back from his temporary gig as a ranger in Bryce Canyon; second, that she’ll win a contest and change the family fortunes. The wishes are equally fanciful, and deep down Olivia knows this, but suddenly an actual friend appears in her life—Bart, a kid as reticent to discuss his background as she is, and whose claims to ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle (review)
    • Abstract: There’s a “zero year” party for a baby cousin in the big city of Havana, but for a while it looks like the trip might not happen. Cara Cara, a ’53 Chevy held together with baling wire, mismatched parts, and determination, is acting up again, which means that our narrator must help Papá tinker under the hood until Cara Cara “once again begins to sound like a chattering hen!” A running car is obviously too good an opportunity to pass up, and soon the car is filled with neighbors hitching a ride. Drop them off and then it’s on to the city, mingling on the roadway with other vintage machines in various stages of repair. From one of the second-floor balconies, where “laundry dances and a sea breeze sings,” ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (review)
    • Abstract: Summer after junior year starts for Sadie with an act of heroism: she grabs the keys of a dangerously drunken guy who’s trying to drive off with a baby in the car and refuses, even under savage assault, to give them back. After a lunch honoring her and four other teen “homegrown heroes,” the quintet bonds, and they start thinking of ways to do good, starting with fighting back against bullying in online slam books by posting positive comments under the name of “the Unlikelies.” Sadie also involves them on her own mission of virtue—an elderly acquaintance, moved by her action, willed her a cache of valuable yellow diamonds, instructing her to use them to make the world better, but giving her no instructions ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan (review)
    • Abstract: When Jess is brutally beaten by a group of hooligans who don’t like the way she dresses, her best friend Eden stands by her through her recovery. Then after Eden’s older sister, Iona, is killed in an auto accident, Jess returns the favor, teaming up with Eden’s boyfriend, Liam, to stand by Eden through her grief. Eden’s loss is made more crushing because she feels guilty; the sister fights that had plagued Eden and Iona in recent years had turned vicious, and their last fight had sent Iona out in her car in a rage of tears. Now Eden herself has gone missing, and Jess and Liam are determined to find her before she does anything drastic. The tense events of their twenty-hour search are interspersed with ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (review)
    • Abstract: In the traveling city of Gomorrah, a carnival of entertainment and debauchery, sixteen-year-old Sorina has the best freak show around; her performers—a spineless acrobat, a giant treeman, a fire-breathing baby, etc.—are illusions, creations of her mind that she has magicked into solid form. They’re also her surrogate family, which is why she is devastated when one of them is found murdered; she wonders too how the killer went about ending the life of a being that technically didn’t have one and if more death lies ahead. Her search for the murderer leads her into Gomorrah’s dark corners (and there are plenty) and the city’s bizarre connection to the political rivalries of surrounding kingdoms. Gomorrah makes ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The List by Patricia Forde (review)
    • Abstract: When her beloved mentor is presumed dead, Letta must take his position as the Wordsmith of Ark, a post-apocalyptic refuge in a dying world. It’s not an easy job, since words are strictly controlled and limited to an approved list of 500 words. What’s more, the capricious and increasingly maniacal leader, John Noa, has dark, terrifying plans to drop the word count down significantly, and even completely. Letta is earnest and brave, if a bit bland, since there’s never a doubt she will try to do the right thing. Noa is actually the real star of this novel, twisted so far past his original good intentions, tortured and terrified by his own imagination and memories of the horrifying planet-devastating Melting ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Wild Bunch by Jan Gangsei (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve-year-old Paul Adams is not looking forward to the forced camaraderie of a weekend spent camping with his dad, Dad’s college buddies, and their sons. Agemates Hector Lopez and Jack Gracie just aren’t friend material—Hector’s an allergy-hobbled nerd; Jack’s a selfish, big-mouthed glutton; and Paul . . . well, he’s our hero-narrator, so he’s just fine, at least according to his own self-assessment. By day two, though, it’s Paul who comes up with the brilliant idea for the boys to hike alone to Bear Falls, which has been put off limits by the park rangers, due to dangerous “beast” sightings and a decrepit bridge. As it so predictably turns out, the deeper the boys wade into trouble, the sharper and more ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari (review)
    • Abstract: “There was nothing Moose loved more than hello,” and the dog happily greets her owner, Zara, when she comes home from school. The pup finds goodbyes unbearable, however, and keeps finding ways to escape and find Zara at school; unfortunately though each time she settles down quietly as long as Zara reads to her, the adults insist she can’t stay. Clever Zara takes Moose to therapy dog school, and then Moose becomes the class reading dog, saying hello to all the kids in the class as they read. The “Mary Had a Little Lamb” story of the dog who keeps turning up at school is entertaining, and Gianferrari describes Moose’s exploits with well-measured style (“Goodbye was an itch that couldn’t be scratched”). The ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn (review)
    • Abstract: Starting at the Pearce Academy for Girls in 1918, sixth-grader Annie manages to wriggle out from under the attentions of Elsie, a clingy, mean-spirited, and much detested girl, and into the favored crowd, where she happily joins the others in bullying Elsie. The Spanish flu is raging through the country, though, and when Elsie succumbs to it, Annie and her cohort feel terrible—mostly—about how they treated her. Elsie, however, is going to make sure that Annie feels more than simple regret, tormenting her from beyond the grave to the point where her parents fear for her sanity and place her in to a convalescent home. Hahn (author of the classic Wait Till Helen Comes) situates her ghost story within the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper (review)
    • Abstract: It’s Birdie’s birthday, and nothing is going quite right in this graphic novel, the first in a new series. She trips and falls on her way to school, ruining her perfect panda cupcakes and gets frosting all over her dress. Nothing can keep Birdie down, though: when things go wrong, she transforms into the Amazing Crafty Cat, who can craft her way out of anything. She smears the frosting around on her dress to make a map of North America, leads her delighted class in a panda-themed craft activity, and shares the one surviving cupcake with her best friend during lunch. Birdie/Crafty Cat immediately invites readers to inhabit her world, rendered in simple line drawings accented with soft brown and teal tones. ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper (review)
    • Abstract: In this beginning reader, a nattily attired yellow bird introduces his two friends to a new item: a red button that does nothing. His enthusiastic friends argue that the button does do something, because the blue bird is surprised by the button and the red bird is saddened by its lack of impact (“And sad is NOT nothing”). The yellow bird’s protestations of the button’s pointlessness only get his friends more determined that it’s doing something (“The button is making him mad”); finally they all agree that the button makes the yellow bird funny and funny is good, and they collapse in a paroxysm of silliness. This is a rib-tickling little look at a complicated concept whose nuances youngsters are just ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold (review)
    • Abstract: When Frank is beset by bullies, she’s helped by Nick, who’s also bully fodder, and she’s drawn into his life. Nick’s home holds true mysteries in the form of haunting music and an otherworldly giant woman who plays it; in fact, Nick is actually the child of that woman, a being caught on the other side of a portal between worlds. When Nick ended up on this reality’s side as a baby, his single dad adopted him, never imagining that the baby was not human and that his mother would appear on occasion through an echo. When Frank spills the beans to a bully about Nick’s secret, however, things go awry. British poet Harrold writes with an engaging voice rich with character, and the secrets topic is an easy hook. ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu (review)
    • Abstract: Fifth grade starts out as usual for Clover and her lifelong best friend, Danny; the science unit on symbiosis is particularly interesting, since that concept seems to encapsulate their friendship. Danny’s sudden health problems throw Clover for a loop, but she’s certain she will be key to his getting better. After all, Clover knows Danny better than anyone and she’s got a knack for science, so she’s sure the latter will help her save her friend. While it does look like for some mysterious reason Clover’s presence improves Danny’s condition, that’s not enough to cure him; the two kids are convinced, however, that a jaunt to a special clinic in Vermont will be the solution. Haydu sets her events in the real ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mango Delight by Fracaswell Hyman (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve-year-old Mango wishes she could channel the confidence of her hero Beyoncé when Brook, her BFF, dumps her for the popular crowd, but really, she just wants to hide in the bathroom during lunch now. When Brook sneakily signs Mango up for musical auditions—she knows about Mango’s serious stage fright, after all—Mango decides to throw caution to the wind and try out anyway, stunning herself, Brook, and everyone else with her rendition of “Halo.” Soon she’s the star of the school play and a minor YouTube sensation, and her school’s coolest of cool girls is looking at her as a new best friend. The outcast-turned-star premise might be generic, but the characters (with the exception of Brook) are deftly ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Apex Predators: Top Killers of the Past and Present by Steve Jenkins
           (review)
    • Abstract: Jenkins works his way back through five hundred million years of natural history, spotlighting creatures who are currently, or were in their heyday, at the top of their respective food chains. He sets the tone with the terror bird, a ten-foot tall, fast-as-a-horse denizen of South American plains that is, fortunately, no longer with us, and offers a brief now-and-then comparison between a Siberian tiger and a Tyrannosaurus rex. Then he traverses the retreating timeline from present day Komodo dragons and great white sharks, African wild dogs and electric eels, and back to the Daedon killer pig (departed eighteen million years ago), a forty-eight foot Titanoboa killer snake (extinct fifty-eight million years ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz (review)
    • Abstract: Mercedes is feeling stuck. Her mother is away in Puerto Rico tending to Mercedes’ dying grandmother, she’s got artist’s block after winning an award for her painting, she can’t tell her friend that she’s actually in love with her, and she’s not terrific at taking care of her younger sister, who really needs Mercedes right now. When seemingly magical things start happening (such as a piano appearing out of nowhere on the front lawn), Mercedes seizes on them as a way to pull herself out of her slump, finding solace and inspiration in a weird old building known as the Red Mango Estate. Art is a key topic throughout, with Mercedes’ crush a dancer and her sister a gifted pianist, and while Mercedes does become ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim (review)
    • Abstract: Shabnam didn’t plan to work at a pie stand the summer after high school graduation, but then she fell for college-guy Jamie, who invited her to work alongside him at his aunt’s business. Now she’s thrilled with her first romance, which leads her to reach out to her cool friend Farah, from whom she drifted when Farah began wearing the hijab. It’s also Jamie who indirectly leads her to connect more deeply to her distant mathematician father through the Urdu poetry he loves, which in turn fascinates Jamie. But what will happen to this relationship when the summer ends? Shabnam’s narration is like Shabnam herself, eager, naïve, funny, at times a little jumbled, and deeply endearing. She is an absolutely credible ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd (review)
    • Abstract: David is getting used to a whole new life since his parents divorced and he and his mother moved. His frustration about everything spills out onto a kid who is bullying him, and suddenly, David’s caught the eye of people who now view him as potentially violent. Adding to his trouble is the fact that a secret room he’s discovered in his home harbors a malevolent spirit that begins to do bad things to real people, and it’s David, not the mysterious figure calling himself “the Raven,” who is under suspicion. It turns out Edgar Allan Poe worked in the hidden room in David’s house, and it is his ghost that is now feeding off David’s anger and gaining power. This is a solidly creepy story with some great ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Monsters Unleashed by John Kloepfer (review)
    • Abstract: Sixth-grader Freddie wasn’t looking to wreak havoc when he used his school’s 3D printer; his models of monstrous creatures based on his three biggest bullies were just supposed to be funny. Now, however, they’ve become actual monsters and grown to monstrous size, and they’ve begun tearing apart both his school and city. The monsters bear some major resemblances in behavior to the three bullies (the overmuscled, jock-like lizard thing does share Jordan’s vanity, while the screeching, two-faced insect matches Nina’s constant attention seeking), so Freddie and his pal Manny manage to recruit the bullies’ help in exploiting the monsters’ weaknesses to get rid of them. This has the messagey feel of a creature ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Planet Jupiter by Jane Kurtz (review)
    • Abstract: Eleven-year-old Jupiter, with her freegan-style approach to consumption and love of the traveling busker lifestyle, is definitely her father’s child. When Dad leaves, Jupiter and her mother end up in Portland, where they’re caring for Aunt Amy’s adopted daughter, Edom, as Amy undergoes treatment for cancer in California. While Jupiter uses her charm to try to make the best of her less than ideal circumstances, sharing her open approach to world and attempting to bridge the divide between her and seven-year-old, Ethiopian-born Edom, the girl makes it clear that she is no kid to be pitied (“That offends me,” she responds sternly to Jupiter’s questioning). The majority of this story is spent developing Edom and ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman (review)
    • Abstract: Caleb Chappell loves the nomadic life he lives with his puppeteer father, Joseph, a talented showman who is witty yet tactful in defending Caleb from rude remarks about his dark skin. When Pa is wrongly accused of theft and sentenced to death, a local bishop intercedes and Pa’s hanging is commuted to transportation to an English colony in America. Before he goes, Pa urges Caleb to seek out Anne Avery, Pa’s sister and maid at Sir Robert Fairbrother’s stately manor. When Caleb finds her, however, she’s not a servant to Sir Robert but a fisherman’s wife caring for a baby daughter and a teenaged stepdaughter, Letty. They take Caleb in and adjust to the new family configuration, until Caleb finds his father’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (review)
    • Abstract: Charming, flirtatious Henry Montague disdains propriety and drinks too much, but his worst sin, according to his father, is that he favors boys for his romantic trysts. In keeping with the traditions of the early eighteenth-century setting, his father sends him on a Grand Tour of Europe with a dour chaperone and a stern warning to get all of his bad habits out of his system. Henry has other ideas; accompanied by his sister, Felicity, and Percy, a family friend, Henry hopes the trip will end with his relationship with Percy, with whom he’s been hopelessly in love for years, finally consummated. There’s quite a bit of mooning and swooning on Henry’s part here, as well as the usual frustrating misreads and near ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno (review)
    • Abstract: High school senior Lottie is devastated by the death of her favorite aunt, Helen, an author whose fantasy books about a brother and sister dabbling with immortality rocketed her to international fame. Helen has left Lottie a series of letters that give her missions and instruct her to take risks that hyperanxious Lottie would ordinarily avoid. These missions lead her to many things—teaching Aunt Helen’s college class, doing something reckless, and meeting Sam, a boy who knew and loved her aunt, and who is central to the secret Helen hints at in her letters. The premise is a dead ringer for Johnson’s Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes (BCCB 10/05), and the scavenger-hunt pleasure of following a trail of legacy ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine (review)
    • Abstract: Peregrine was raised as a Latki, the people who conquered and rule the Bamarre, and she carries all of the arrogance and cruel assumptions that a true Latki would. When she learns that she was actually born a Bamarre and then adopted, her world upends as she suddenly questions everything about herself, the political structure under which she is raised, and, most importantly, the social norms that she blindly accepted before, especially the prejudice against the Bamarre. This certainly doesn’t mean that Peregrine accepts her sudden upheaval with grace, but her wisdom ends up being deeper for being hard-won. Peregrine is smart, sassy, and headstrong, even when she is wrong, but with proper guidance and ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones (review)
    • Abstract: When seventeen-year-old Dee loses her scholarship to her prestigious boarding school, she’s so desperate to avoid going home to her alcoholic parents that she makes a deal with a demon, giving up her heart for two years in return for tuition money. The catch—besides the whole not having a heart thing—is that she is required to, with three other heartless teens, destroy what seem to be wormholes or “voids” in the space-time continuum. Bargaining with demons and charging into unknown spaces have a way of bringing people together, and Dee quickly finds herself attached to fellow bargain-maker James, even though she’s beginning to wonder if she’ll get out of this deal alive, let alone with her heart. There’s an ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Super Slug of Doom by Matty Long (review)
    • Abstract: The idyll that is the Super Happy Magic Forest is threatened by another enemy (the last being an evil oak tree in Super Happy Magic Forest, BCCB 3/16), this time Zorgoth, the Super Slug of Doom. Now the fabulous five heroes—Hoofius the centaur, Herbert the gnome, Twinkle the fairy, Blossom the unicorn, and of course, Trevor the mushroom—are summoned yet again, tasked with stopping the icky, oozing villain from finding and drinking the Potion of Power and destroying the forest. Long successfully deploys his tactics from the last book, riffing and expanding on various quest stories and fantasy tropes and giving plenty of full spreads a Where’s Waldo like effect, with a special hidden object in each scene for ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews (review)
    • Abstract: Sixteen-year-old Echo Stone learns that the strange orphanage she’s awakened in actually houses the ghosts of murdered children, a depressing fact she figures out when she manages to find her way home, only to discover it surrounded by police tape and her parents crying over the violent death of their daughter. The only way out of Middle House and onto wherever souls at rest go is to find her murderer and exact vengeance, a task with which her fellow residents of Middle House are happy to assist her. The premise is intriguing, but Echo makes a milquetoast narrator, buckling under any pressure and playing the damsel in distress even in death as the dreamy, ghostly Cole comes to her rescue more than once; her ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (review)
    • Abstract: In the present day, those with an affinity for magic, the Mageus, remain in hiding, but it has long been speculated that if someone can go back in time and get a significant book, then the fates of the Mageus across history would be changed. Esta, a talented thief, has been trained for the job, so she’s sent back to 1901 and Old New York to snatch the book and save the Mageus. She’s distracted by what she believes is a tragedy that happened just as she time traveled away from the present, and by the brooding, mysterious, and handsome magician she resists loving in 1901, but she never fully loses track of her ultimate goal. For a capable thief, Esta is surprisingly bad at reading others, but the author ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (review)
    • Abstract: Dimple’s parents would like their second-generation daughter to have more traditional Indian values, but Dimple is an American girl—ambitious, independent, and focused on her career as a coder rather than attracting an “Ideal Indian Husband.” Rishi, on the other hand, is all about filial piety, and he is delighted when his parents suggest an arranged marriage with Dimple. Dimple is blindsided when this handsome but geeky guy approaches her in their prestigious summer app-development program, claiming her as his future wife. As meet-cutes go, this one is a disaster, but Rishi handles his failure well, backing off the marriage talk and allowing Dimple to take the lead in developing their relationship. Of ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus (review)
    • Abstract: This picture-book tribute to the flag provides a creative take as spreads offer a page focusing on the flag’s attributes (“Blue sky white stars,” featuring the blue portion of the flag), then use the same (or homonymic) text that treat an aspect of American geography or history (“Blue sky white stars,” featuring the Statue of Liberty under a starry moonlit sky). It’s a beautifully designed book, from its oversized spreads to its carefully chosen font colors (in red, white, or blue depending on necessary contrast), and while some of the images are hackneyed (an eagle in flight, pioneers in a Conestoga wagon), Nelson’s sweeping oil paintings gives them a storied grandeur. What’s an attractive but sometimes ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Boy by Blake Nelson (review)
    • Abstract: Gavin Meeks is “tall and blond and good at tennis,” a self-definition he repeats like a mantra to try to understand who he is to himself as well as how he is perceived by others. A disappointment to his ambitious, goal-oriented father, Gavin has no real direction until he picks up his brother’s camera and becomes the assistant of a self-taught photographer, going out on gigs and learning his craft. Meanwhile, he’s pushed by friends into dating girls from his popular crowd, which he doesn’t really mind even though he’s more fascinated by a pair of indie girls who invite him into their lives despite their disdain for his friends. As Gavin relates his experiences through four years of high school, his narration ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of
           Communicating with the Dead by Deborah Noyes (review)
    • Abstract: Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini is best remembered for the combination of deft misdirection and physical endurance that wowed the crowd, but he never claimed to possess powers beyond a keenly developed skill set and athleticism. Priding himself on being a world-class showman, he was ever alert to the flaws in competitors’ performances, and during the resurgence of interest in spiritualism that reached a peak in the years following World War I’s carnage, Houdini was particularly resentful of charlatans who bilked grieving survivors at private séances and public displays. Here Noyes focuses on Houdini’s avocation as spiritualism investigator, whose personal grief at his beloved mother’s passing made ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes (review)
    • Abstract: After what was dubbed the Second Inquisition in the beginning of this century in Oakes’ alternate Earth, most witches live in havens, witch-only communities where they can practice their magic without posing a threat to the public. The most successful of these havens is Witchtown, a self-sufficient, green-built, spiritual utopia founded by a billionaire. The town and its apparent wealth are also the latest targets for Macie and her con artist mother, Aubra, who happens to be an impressively powerful witch. Macie’s got no magic, so she plays her usual part, picking up key information for the heist as the curious new girl. This time is different, though: she’s making her own friends who respect her, and she’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker (review)
    • Abstract: Eighteen-year-old Rilla Brae is initially certain it’s a trick of grief over her father’s death when she sees a young girl on the shores of an uninhabited island while she’s out fishing, but then she hears a song calling her at night and has visions of the same young girl with a crying baby. She’s not about to tell anyone in her small Maine town, especially with her mother’s history of psychiatric problems, but she’s drawn to Sam, a university student researching the area. When she finally reveals to him what she’s been seeing, he tells her the tragic history of Malaga Island, a history unknown to her and apparently hushed up by the town. Parker bases her story on the real Malaga Island, where nearly fifty ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City
           in the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli (review)
    • Abstract: For Percy Fawcett, born into a family of British adventurers, a decade of military service in present-day Sri Lanka wasn’t exciting enough. Following his father’s path into the Royal Geographical Society, he led surveying expeditions for the Society for nearly two more decades, helping to map regions of the South American interior. There, rumors among indigenous people suggested a lost city existed deep within the Amazon, and Fawcett had himself a new mission in finding it. Unable to convince the RGS that this was a quest worth making, he funded his own tiny expedition (with his son, his son’s friend, and two local guides) through deals with the press for exclusive dispatches, which would be carried by ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Queer, There, and Everywhere: 22 People Who Changed the World by Sarah
           Prager (review)
    • Abstract: In this clever, breezy, and informative collection, Prager offers twenty-two biographies of twenty-three individuals (one entry is joint) who have challenged heteronormative assumptions in various ways. Some identified as being firmly on the GLBTQ spectrum (Harvey Milk) and others clearly never used the terms (Abraham Lincoln), but all of the people featured belong in this wide-ranging collection. The author is very clear that this collection focuses on subjects with deep, intimate nonsexual connections, those in same-sex physical relationships, and those whose gender identity rather than sexual pursuits place them on the queer spectrum. In a nod to the idea that even short chapters may be too darn long, a ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman
           (review)
    • Abstract: Several story threads come together in this cinematic graphic novel. A time-traveling schooner, the Mary Alice, arrives just in time (but not at all by accident) in 2017 for crew member John Blake to rescue Serena, who’s just been tossed out of her father’s boat during a violent storm. Meanwhile, power-hungry Carlos Dahlberg, inventor of the apparator communication device (think very, very advanced smart phone) is in a race against the descendants of Blake and his captain to locate the Mary Alice: the good guys want to assure the lineage of their forebears, and Dahlberg wants to destroy those same persons, who hold a dark secret concerning his business history. The cat-and-mouse chase and ultimate explosive ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped the
           Nation) by Anne Pullman (review)
    • Abstract: Our current government holds no monopoly on noisome political quarreling, as middle-graders learn in this quartet of high-profile contentions that marked the establishment of the new American nation. For George Washington and George III, the clash between independence and colonialism played out through force of arms; the same ideological conflict resulted in estrangement between Benjamin Franklin and his eldest son, William. Although Alexander Hamilton famously— and fatally—brought his feud with Aaron Burr to a conclusion in a hubris-driven duel, his my-way-or-the-highway approach to nation building put him at odds with many other colleagues as well. Only the political rift between the second and third ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Candice Ransom, and: The Big Bad Fox by
           Benjamin Renner (review)
    • Abstract: Amanda Panda knows exactly how kindergarten will go: she’s going to write her name on the board in the biggest letters, build the tallest block tower, and run the fastest, just like her big brother did. When she actually gets there, though, she’s overshadowed at every turn by pink-clad Bitsy (“My favorite color is sparkles!”), who not only gets all the attention but also seems intent on being Amanda’s new best friend. Amanda quits kindergarten and joins her brother’s second-grade class only to find second grade isn’t so great, but then helping a lost Bitsy leads her back to kindergarten and an appreciation for its possibilities. The theme of expectations not living up to reality is treated gently, and with ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Great Henry Hopendower by Justin Roberts (review)
    • Abstract: Henry is on a mission to find magic, which, as his magician grandpa used to say, is everywhere. He heads to his closet and digs out a brown leather suitcase and his grandpa’s red suit—the essentials of a successful magic act—and remembers the days when visiting Grandpa meant going to his house rather than relying on memories of their past adventures. Clutching that red suit, he allows the faint aroma of his grandfather’s “magic-scented water” to bring back memories of his grandpa, such as his amazing disappearing coin trick and the “famous leaning tower of pancakes,” which defied gravity and were so delectable that they could only be attributed to magic. Even more enchanting than Henry’s magic is Roberts’ ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell (review)
    • Abstract: In this sequel to the elegant Withering-by-Sea (BCCB 3/16), Stella, having broken several rules in the previous novel, is now in so much trouble with her three strict aunts that they send her away to Wormwood Mire, where she will live with her two cousins and their governess. Honestly, though, it can’t be worse than Stella’s current life so she’s ready for something that is at least new, if not better. It ends up being both, and there are even opportunities to explore the origins of a mysterious picture she owns that seems to suggest that when she was an infant Stella had a sister and a mother—a family that loved her (and accepted her burgeoning supernatural abilities) instead of barely tolerating her ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Olive and the Backstage Ghost by Michelle Schusterman (review)
    • Abstract: It’s not so much stage fright but mother fright that causes middle-schooler Olive to blunder her audition for theater camp. Running offstage and away from her actress mother’s exacting scrutiny, Olive finds herself wandering the city until she comes across a grand, gorgeous theater. She enters the open doors and upon seeing the magnificent auditorium, she breaks out into song, hearing clapping as she finishes; the applause comes from a glamorous woman named Maude, who then offers Olive the leading role in “Eidola,” an upcoming vaudeville show. Olive immediately accepts and over the next few weeks, rehearses nearly everyday. Her castmates are nice if a bit eccentric, but the magician’s assistant, Juliana ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Prudence the Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer (review)
    • Abstract: As much as she tries, Prudence just can’t be a “full-time cow.” Sure, she can graze and swat flies with the best of them, but she can’t resist her urges to learn, invent, and create. The other farm animals are unimpressed by her calculation of wind speed at the pond and thoroughly annoyed by her invention of a stall-to-stall communication (“Keep it down. You’re giving the herd a bad rep with the chicks”). Will she ever fit in? Of course she does, but what finally earns her a place in the herd is somewhat galling; she creates helpful things for the very animals that shunned her and the underlying message seems to be that to fit in, one must happily acquiesce to the needs of others. Still, Prudence makes a ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (review)
    • Abstract: Tilla lost her precedence with her father, the Lord of the Western Province, when he had a legitimate daughter, but she and her half-brother Jax still lead a comfortable life at Castle Waverly. An unexpected encounter with the princess, Lyriana, and then the witnessing of a brutal murder suddenly make clear to Tilla, Jax, Lyriana, and two other teens that peace in this land is over. Soon the five are running for their lives, but they also hope to fight back and right what has gone awry in the political power structure, assuming, of course, they don’t die trying. The medieval-ish setting and complex world building are effective—there are many cultural and geographical details woven in throughout, in both the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Voyager’s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space by
           Alexandra Siy (review)
    • Abstract: It took clever observations and some political wrangling to get the twin spacecraft, Voyager I and Voyager II, off the ground in 1977. As some scientists suggested that spacecraft could reduce fuel consumption to near zero by using planets’ gravitational fields as acceleration “assists,” other scientists noted that a narrow window of opportunity, due to planetary alignment, would open in 1977, giving a space mission a clear path to planet hop right on out of the solar system. Government coffers weren’t exactly overflowing for this ambitious project, but a more modest flight was proposed—settle for Jupiter and Saturn, with one craft to do the research and the other as a backup. The concept and execution ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky (review)
    • Abstract: The selection process for inclusion in the first mission to Mars is rigorous, but Miranda is chosen to be one of only six young teens on it. She really doesn’t have time to enjoy her success, however, as multiple attempts on her life suggest someone is targeting her and, as if that weren’t dire enough, the young astronauts are accidentally blasted off to Mars prematurely after someone tampers with what should have been a simple dry run. The youngsters aren’t prepared and they don’t all get along, but now they’ve got to figure out how to reverse course and also how to prevent the war that is brewing back home. Miranda’s underestimated smarts come into full power once true emergencies hit. She’s not always the ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (review)
    • Abstract: Alice’s life has been defined by a desire to honor her parents’ legacy since her parents died and she was taken in by her uncle and aunt. When she gives her best friend (and maybe more) Teddy a lottery ticket for his eighteenth birthday, she is stunned when he wins fifty-three million dollars on the numbers she picked. Complementing the story of Teddy’s negotiation of this new status is the focus on Alice’s slow realization that she has been organizing her life around what she thinks were her activist parents’ dreams. As Alice tries to even Teddy’s keel, damp down her feelings for him, and open herself up to her own happiness, Teddy comes to terms with his feelings about his estranged, gambling-addicted ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • King Louie’s Shoes by D. J. Steinberg (review)
    • Abstract: Louis XIV of France was undeniably an important man, a great man, but according to this picture-book account, he was chagrined that he wasn’t a big man. He had a huge, high throne constructed in search of height, but when he returned to the floor he was still the same size. Tall wigs were also a temporary fix. Elevated shoes looked like a good bet, but when the dance-loving monarch fell off his heels at a ball, he worried that his courtiers would ridicule him. “But the people did not laugh. They knew that because of the king, France was a proud and mighty nation,” and Louis happily danced the night away in his stockinged feet. The scent of Eau d’Aprocrypha wafts through both narrative and pictures, from ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill (review)
    • Abstract: “Somehow I had stumbled on the con of a lifetime. A scam with the biggest risks I’d taken on but also the biggest rewards.” So says our narrator, who cannily evaded trouble in Canada by claiming to be Daniel Tate, a sixteen-year-old American teen who’s been missing for six years. “Danny” treads carefully as he is received with joy by his rich Californian family, and he soon realizes that family is a trainwreck, with Mom an aimless alcoholic with a mystery, her first husband dead from suicide, and Danny’s father in prison. In fact, as our protagonist ensconces himself deeper into the family, he begins to wonder if he’s not the only con in the arrangement—and if maybe he’s actually the mark. This is a ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten by Deborah Underwood (review)
    • Abstract: Arnold, an exuberant young stegosaurus-esque dino, is worried about kindergarten, even though his friend tries to convince him that it’s a lot of fun. It seems his instincts are valid as he spends the first day of kindergarten navigating through perilous seascapes in a submarine and flying to outer space to fend off his nemesis, Zorgo the Evil Genius—also known as kindergarten teacher Mr. Zachary. Arnold’s inventiveness is appealing as he’s bound by neither imagined villain nor the limitations that come with the structure of a classroom setting. While other kiddosauruses are already accustomed to class rules, Arnold refuses to be wrangled because he’s Super Saurus (“No kindergarten in the universe can hold ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker (review)
    • Abstract: When Mattie moves to Pennsylvania over winter break, she is happy to meet Agnes, who seems to instantly understand her. Once she gets to school, however, she realizes that the quirks that she has noticed about Agnes, especially her way of freezing up and staring off into space, have marked her as an outcast with the other sixth-graders and thus, for Mattie, a social liability whose friendship she can’t afford to acknowledge openly. Hints from the adults aren’t helpful in understanding Agnes’ problem; they act as Agnes’ protectors and advocates but don’t explain anything. It’s not until Maggie has really hurt Agnes that she realizes that she doesn’t need to understand what’s wrong; she just needs to be kind ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bean Stalker and Other Hilarious Scary Tales by Kiersten White (review)
    • Abstract: In this collection of ten fractured fairy tales, White explores the gross, the odd, and the unexpected while using characters that will be familiar to an audience who may think they have outgrown them. Here, Little Red becomes a zombie, ferociously gobbles up the brain of the wolf, and then bites the smarmy woodsman who foolishly believes he could save her; Cinderella is fire obsessed but luckily hits it off with Prince Charring, and they joyfully kiss while the castle burns nearby; until other characters figure out the difference between a pea and pee, best to stay away from porridge or mattresses stacked up in giant piles because . . . ew. Accessible storytelling combines with familiar motifs in stories ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams (review)
    • Abstract: A lanky, brown-skinned young girl serves as cartoon guide as Williams posits what might happen if sharks, as apex predators in their marine food chain, weren’t around to keep the ecosystem in balance. At descending levels in the chain, some species would enjoy a temporary bump in population, overeating their prey, and once the lowly fish that feast on plankton disappear, “that could make the ocean a thick sludge.” An unlivable ocean affects the animals that live near it, and their loss in turn affects interior populations, resulting in a “pattern of cause and effect, called a trophic cascade.” The little girl, who moves freely among charts, timelines, healthy and dystopian seas, and her family’s fishing ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve years ago a skiff containing a tiny, crying baby washed ashore on one of the small Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts. Osh, the sole resident of the island, took the babe in and named her Crow, and the two have been family ever since. Now it’s 1925, and Crow begins to wonder why people avoid her during her and Osh’s occasional visits to the more populated islands. He eventually tells her that they believe her to be from Penikese Island, the site of a now shuttered hospital for lepers. As she pieces together the clues of her origin, she finds that her past is tangled up with a history of heartbreak and a local legend of treasure. An orphaned child searching for her past is not a new ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski (review)
    • Abstract: Holly is just trying to endure her lowly place in her school pecking order when she’s suddenly thrown into an adventure involving aliens, a case of a mistaken identity (it is believed she is the missing Princess of the Galaxy), interstellar travel, and space pirates. It’s almost (but not quite) enough to distract brilliant Holly from her ultimate goal of getting into the right school, though her ideas about what makes the “right” school evolve quite a bit by the end of the novel and Holly may never look at Earth or her predictable, orderly life the same way again. Holly’s a tough kid to like at first, but she really just needs a push out of her rigid shell, and new experiences do exactly what they are meant ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks (review)
    • Abstract: In this gorgeous, melancholy graphic novel, a boy raised with dogs must become all human after a tragedy. Mickey is the only human child of his bloodhound-trainer parents, who raise Mickey as part of the canine pack, treat their canine children and human child equally, and even encourage Mickey to develop his scent-tracking abilities. When his parents are killed in a car accident, Mickey is shuttled off to his estranged aunt and her husband, who hate dogs and don’t feel much better about dog-acting children. There’s an aching grief that permeates the middle third of the novel, when Mickey is barely hanging on, but Yorinks trusts the reader to stay with Mickey for a bit, enduring with him while also beginning ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (review)
    • Abstract: Eliza, who’d rather spend her time online, has never fit in with her enthusiastically athletic family. What they don’t know is that Eliza’s webcomic, Monstrous Sea, published under a pseudonym, is wildly famous and fantastically lucrative. When a boy named Wallace transfers to her school, Eliza quickly learns that he’s a well-known fan who posts often on the boards, but by the time they have developed a romantic relationship and she learns that he is writing a prose version of her comic, it’s too awkward for her to admit that she’s the creator of the world he loves. When her clueless parents make her identity known, her world explodes just as she feared it would, not only with unwelcome interest from fans ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Errata Roundup
    • Abstract: In the April issue, our review of Lauren DeStefano’s The Girl with the Ghost Machine referred to the main character as “Emmeline”; she goes by “Emmaline.” In the same issue, our review of Tricia Springstubb’s Cody and the Rules of Life refers to an illustration captured in an overhead view; that scene was in fact changed in the bound book. For Laura Ruby’s new book, reviewed in the May issue, the full title is York: The Shadow Cipher and the series title is York. In the same issue, our heading and review of Rita Williams-Garcia’s book incorrectly spelled the protagonist’s last name as “Bird”; it should be “Byrd.” ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Information Services to Tweens by Melanie Lyttle (review)
    • Abstract: Lyttle, School of Information Sciences alum and head of the Public Services at the Madison (Ohio) Public Library, and Walsh, Emerging Services and Technologies librarian at the same library, offer support, plans, strategies, and programming for the tween set. The first section is devoted to defining exactly what a tween is (defined by the authors as kids from nine to fourteen), providing information on the development and psychological aspects of tween-dom, as well as current writing on tweens and additional resources. The remaining seven sections tackle issues such as raising support and advocating for tween services, creating tween spaces, assessing tween material, and programing and marketing, among ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • 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. Actors and acting–fiction: Schuster-man ADVENTURE: Bardugo; Eliopoulos; Landman; Pullman; Shvarts; Slivensky; Wronski African Americans–fiction: Hyman Animals: Jenkins Animals–fiction: Renner Anxiety–fiction: Leno ... Read More
      Keywords: Sticky notes; Divorce; Wonder Woman; World War, 1914-1918; Cats; Predatory animals; Identity (Philosophical concept); Oliver, Mark; Families; Apprentices; Heroes; Arranged marriage; High schools; Houdini, Harry,; Fawcett, Percy Harrison,; O’Ferrall, Zoë
      PubDate: 2017-05-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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