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Showing 1 - 127 of 127 Journals sorted alphabetically
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)
Abusões     Open Access  
Ação Midiática : Estudos em Comunicação, Sociedade e Cultura     Open Access  
ACME : Annali della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici dell'Università degli Studi di Milano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acquisition et interaction en langue étrangère     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Baltico-Slavica     Open Access   (Followers: 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: 7)
American Journal of Philology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
American Literary Realism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
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: 4)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 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: 2)
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: 145)
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 de Letras     Open Access  
Caderno Seminal     Open Access  
Cadernos de Letras da UFF     Open Access  
Cahiers Balkaniques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 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: 10)
Cahiers du Monde Russe     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cahiers d’études italiennes     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cahiers franco-canadiens de l'Ouest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Callaloo     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Cambridge Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 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: 2)
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: 3)
Cipango - French Journal of Japanese Studies. English Selection     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Claraboia     Open Access  
CLCWeb : Comparative Literature and Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
CLEaR     Open Access  
Cognitive Studies : Études cognitives     Open Access  
College Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Colorado Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Comparative Critical Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Comparative Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
Comparative Literature Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
Comparative Mythology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Comunicação & Sociedade     Open Access  
Configurations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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: 8)
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  
Discours     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dix-Neuf     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
DQR Studies in Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Drammaturgia     Open Access  
Dublin James Joyce Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
e-Journal of Linguistics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 38)
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: 19)
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: 13)
Enthymema     Open Access  
Entrelaces     Open Access  
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ESC: English Studies in Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Escritura e Imagen     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Eslavística Complutense     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Essays in Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 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  
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  
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: 26)
Globe : A Journal of Language, Culture and Communication     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Goethe Yearbook     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Gothic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Hardy Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)

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   ISSN (Print) 0008-9036 - ISSN (Online) 1558-6766
   Published by Johns Hopkins University Press Homepage  [23 journals]
  • The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski (review)
    • Abstract: When her father disappears, Winter is thrust into the role of guardian of the wood near her home and tasked with helping travelers who accidentally come through portals to find their way back to their own time period. Strict rules are meant to keep her safe, but she pushes at the boundaries of those rules, hoping to uncover some clue to the disappearance of her father. When a bold, relentless teen from eighteenth-century England seems to be deliberately returning, Winter finds that his story overlaps with hers in unexpected ways and that the magical time-traveling world is endangered by those seeking a new way to control time. While the plot is complex, Bobulski lays it out with care and slow, effective unveiling ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pigs Might Fly by Nick Abadzis (review)
    • Abstract: Flight is still just out of reach of pig science, according to Professor Fatchops, but his bright young daughter Lily uses a bit of magic to skip some steps, and she's aloft. It's glorious, exhilarating, and forbidden. However, Lily's world is threatened by warthogs who are planning to invade and conquer Pigdom Plains, and Lily's abilities may be all that can save the pigs from the formidable enemies. This graphic novel is a visual feast, with vivid world-building details drawn into the vibrant illustrations (the vibe is early twentieth century, on a par with real aviation development) and effective use of panel formatting to speed or slow pace according to dramatic needs. The story is a familiar one, with a ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (review)
    • Abstract: In this chilling fairy-tale novel, two women whose lives intersect try, first fail, and eventually succeed in finding their own paths separate from the man responsible for their being alive. Gregory is a tortured and ambitious genius who dabbles in magic, science, and whatever necessary to first save his daughter, Mina, by replacing her heart with a glass one and to then make a child out of snow, Lynet, for the widowed king. Now Mina is the queen, stepmother to a sixteen-year-old Lynet, and they are close until the king intervenes to separate them, a choice that leads to a series of life-shattering revelations and personal and political upheavals. Both Mina and Lynet are so damaged and oppressed by the men in this ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sleeper by MacKenzie Cadenhead (review)
    • Abstract: When Sarah's sleep disorder, which leads her to physically act out her dreams, leads her to nearly kill one of her friends in her sleep, she becomes a near pariah at school. Enter Wes, a gorgeous, mysterious boy who also has a sleep disorder but who quickly sees a new experimental drug they are both using, which allows them to enter people's dreams, as an opportunity for social revenge. Now Sarah and Wes are causing chaos by invading the dreams of their peers (as well as making out on the regular). The dream scenes are vivid, fast paced, and exhilarating, filled with monsters, both human and otherwise. Unfortunately, Sarah's inability to resist Wes becomes quickly tiresome as she goes from being part of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Waste of Space by Gina Damico (review)
    • Abstract: Chazz Young, CEO of DV8 media productions, has been riding high on a string of crowd-pleasing reality shows, and now he has an idea to blow his former work out of the water: recruit and sign a crew of teens, chosen of course for physical traits and personality quirks that promise to ramp up the drama, send them into space, and see what happens. No actual space flight is involved, because Chazz intends to keep them locked into a set on a remote New Mexico soundstage; the teens themselves will never know that though and neither will the audience. NASAW (wait for the expansion) scientists will rig up a convincing set and propose some space adventure narratives, and the lucrative fee from DV8 will fund their future ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen by Catherine Lloyd Burns (review)
    • Abstract: Reality is a bit of a bore to eleven-year-old Cricket Cohen, and she fabricates an entire story about traveling to Iceland with a famous geologist for an autobiographical essay for school; rift valleys are way more interesting than summer vacations, after all. Her grandmother, Dodo, shares Cricket's flexible relationship with the truth, as well as her sense of adventure, and when Cricket's parents go out of town for the weekend, Dodo and Cricket travel all over New York City instead of staying home to rewrite Cricket's essay. Their jaunt, however, reveals some painful truths to Cricket about her family's past and her grandmother's future. Both Cricket and Dodo are quirky and quick witted, firing off random ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines by
           Sarah Albee (review)
    • Abstract: The subtitle says it all: this Cook's tour of bleak history peeks into the mind-boggling number of ways one can die from toxins, with gleefully hand-wringing attention to intentional poisoning, active or negligent, by individuals and corporations. There's some myth debunking along the way (time to let go of the Cleopatra and the asp tale) and lots of high-profile cases that kids with an interest in the deadly arts probably already know. With world history so awash in toxicity (and credit Albee for extending discussion at least to Asia), there's plenty of material here to delight fans of Bragg's popular How They Croaked (BCCB 6/14). The chronologically organized text is chock-o-block with recurring themed insets ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny (review)
    • Abstract: Hector collects acorns. Whether the nuts are short and fat, long and skinny, rough, smooth, green, brown, and golden, the little dog fills his pockets and then his desk at school with them. His menagerie of classmates laugh at him ("Are you a squirrel'"), but his teacher, her long giraffe neck arching from her striped dress, sees Hector's collection as he does, a group of items that are simultaneously different, similar, and beautiful. Beeny, an art historian and museum curator, shares her love for collections of all kinds in this gentle story that has as much to say about appreciating difference and beauty in people as in artifacts. The simple text moves outward from the students' personal collections to libraries ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (review)
    • Abstract: As the son of a famous rock star, seventeen-year-old Blade lives in the constant shade of his father's subsequent addictions and public humiliations. His sister is willing to forgive his father and wants to take up the rock star mantle herself, but for Blade, music is more the raft that keeps him afloat until his girlfriend cheats on him and he finds out that he is adopted. He smashes his guitar and takes off to find his birth mother in the remote village in Ghana where she has been working for the past ten years. Before he can get to her, though, his father arrives with a flashy bus, a cameraman, and a plan to do what it takes to reset his career and win back his son's trust. Alexander and Hess take their time ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Monster's New Undies by Samantha Berger (review)
    • Abstract: Kids—even monster kids—grow. It's just a fact of life. Monster has outgrown his underwear, and Mom insists it's time to go shopping for replacements. When Monster's tighty whities disintegrate with one final snap, leaving him abashed and, frankly, a little chilly, he reluctantly acquiesces. The Undie World store is his worst nightmare come true, with hangers full of impossible options, none of them appealing: "PUT DOWN THOSE UNDIES./ THOSE. AREN'T. THE. ONES./ That pair isn't worthy/ of dressing these buns!" Deep within the mountain of rejects, though, gleams the perfect choice—new ones that are exactly like the old ones: "They look just like mine/ but fit like a glove./ The moment I saw them,/ my tush fell in ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher (review)
    • Abstract: Narrator Joseph Friedman, a kid who spends assigned time in the Resource Room to help negotiate his ADD and sensory issues, is awed by tall new girl Heather when she humiliates Charlie Kastner in PE soccer; he's especially grateful that she cut Charlie down just in time to save Joseph from being wiped out by his bullying nemesis. It takes a few stumbling conversations before Heather and Joseph settle into an easy sort of friendship, which solidifies when both join the newly formed track team, coached by Joseph's Resource Room teacher. Joseph is puzzled at first by how a natural athlete like Heather could be content running with her slower classmates: "I think about what my mother said, how it can't be easy for her ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi (review)
    • Abstract: In this third Ship Breaker book (The Drowned Cities, BCCB 7/12, etc.), the dystopian disaster that was the United States continues to hobble along, but it may have to do so without one of the most powerful, terrifying, and memorable characters from the series: Tool, the hybrid "manbeast." Tool is now clinging to life after having been directly hit with bombs that continue to cook him from the inside, and the kindest thing to do may be to let him go; however, when his old friend Mahlia finds him, she is determined to keep him alive and decide if it was the right thing to do later. Meanwhile, Jones, the brilliant young military analyst, explores her own ethical limits while tracking Tool and also learns just how ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (review)
    • Abstract: For well over a century a red oak tree, appropriately named Red, has stood between a blue house and a green house in the middle of the city and watched its residents, people from different places with different languages, food, and cultures: "That's our neighborhood: wild and tangled and colorful. The best kind of garden." He's a wishtree, too, so every May people tie their wishes to his branches. Now, though, there's an uncomfortable silence between the two houses that flank him and growing local animosity toward Samar, the Muslim girl in the blue house; additionally, one of the neighbors is threatening to cut down Red after the first of May. Red's less worried about by his own demise than the myriad of animal ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar
           (review)
    • Abstract: In this ambitious, artistic endeavor, author and illustrator Baltazar creates an intriguing, complicated world, and he makes it accessible and understandable through more than 100 pages of full color illustrations and about 500 pages of (thankfully) fast-paced and engrossing text. A cosmic event has ruptured the space-time continuum and caused epic damage and change to the planet; the only 100 million or so humans that survive come from all different time periods, and they, dinosaurs, and futuristic robots all coexist. Thirteen-year-old Diego has grown up in this post Time Collision world; when his father is kidnapped, he's not sure if he can trust or even like the only allies he can find. The world building is ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • It All Comes Down to This by Karen English (review)
    • Abstract: It's the late summer of 1965 in LA, right before the historic Watts riots, and racial tensions are strong between blacks and whites much of the city. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Sophie is relatively safe in her upper-middle class neighborhood, guarded by light skin and her family's Black bourgeoisie status. Sure, there are hints of racism when Sophie isn't cast in the neighborhood play, or when she's asked why her older sister, Lily, is "white." However, it isn't until seventeen-year-old Lily falls in love with the housekeeper's dark-skinned son Nathan (a student at Berkeley) that Sophie understands just how big racism, specifically the intraracial divide, can be. As events unfold, Sophie develops ownership over her ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough (review)
    • Abstract: Marigold the cat's favorite day of the week is Monday, because Mondays are for baking. With everything in his sunny green and yellow kitchen set up just so, and his purple polka-dot bowtie perfectly tied, Marigold gets ready to bake the most "fur-sheddingly fabulous" cake ever—but the birds in his neighborhood have other ideas. Marigold's tail gets poofier and his orange fur more disheveled as first a finch, then some pigeons, and finally some loons invade his kitchen, and he abandons his cake to chase the laughing, apron-clad birds away from his confectionery masterpiece (which is rather less than a masterpiece after Marigold's "full on feline frenzy"). Clever text (with occasional playful rhymes) follows the ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dirt by Denise Gosliner Orenstein (review)
    • Abstract: Ever since her mother's death, eleven-year-old Yonder has had a tough row to hoe: she's become electively mute, she's tormented by bullies at school, and her apple-picker father is drowning his sorrows in his "special cider." When she happens on a neglected Shetland pony, the two outcasts bond instantly, and Yonder names him "Dirt" and starts bringing him into the house to take care of him—to which social services responds with predictable horror. When Yonder gets taken in to foster care, Dirt ends up being sold to a shady owner, and Yonder is determined to save him. Orenstein writes with a lively voice, and she paints a colorful portrait of Yonder's small Vermont town; Dirt is also an entertainingly mischievous ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mighty Moby by Barbara DaCosta (review)
    • Abstract: Sailors sing a shanty, a lookout calls "Thar she blows!", and a one-legged captain swears he'll get an elusive white whale. When boats surround the animal and the harpoon goes in, the whale takes the sailors on a ride and then breaches from beneath them—only for a huge human hand to grasp the toy whale and remove the plug from the bath where it roamed. "Time for bed, matey," says the adult to the bathing child, and the parent then sings the little maritime adventurer to sleep with a whale-themed lullaby. That's one heck of a twist whether you know Moby-Dick or not, and while the interruption of the main plot right at the climax (Pequodus interruptus') is startling, the redirection is amusing. Young's mixed-media ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett (review)
    • Abstract: Living under the shadow of her all too perfect sister, Kamzin has never felt appreciated or even liked by those in her small village town. When the opportunity comes along to join River Shara, the kingdom's Royal Explorer, in his attempt to summit Mount Raksha, aspiring mountain climber Kamzin jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, her sister spoils even that, taking off with another explorer's rival group to make the journey, and now the race is on. As Kamzin gets further into the trek, she realizes that her search for glory is more dangerous than she imagined, and River is a demanding and mercurial leader, quite different from the flirtatious, playful explorer she met when he first requested her company on the trip. ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • In 27 Days by Alison Gervais (review)
    • Abstract: Hadley is sad that her classmate Archer committed suicide, but it isn't as if she knew him well. When she's offered a chance by Death himself to go back in time and change Archer's mind, she takes it because it feels like the right thing to do, but little does she know just how wrapped up into Archer's life she will be after spending the permitted twenty-seven days trying to change his destiny. It's an intriguing concept, and Gervais does excellent work in setting up a world where realism and the supernatural have temporarily collided. Unfortunately, Hadley is so privileged and complacent that she really can't imagine other experiences, making her difficult to sympathize with. In addition, Hadley and Archer's love ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist
           Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville (review)
    • Abstract: Walt Disney Studios were pretty solidly a man's world when Mary Blair and her passionate love of zingy color reported to work in 1940. Although her colleagues were at the head of the technical pack in animation, they weren't ready for her design and color ideas, nixing most of them and driving her to discouragement. Her work did, however, catch the eye of the big boss, and she accompanied a favored bunch of artists on a South American goodwill tour, collecting from the setting even more vibrant color concepts that would become part of her style. After pursuing varied commercial enterprises, Blair returned to Disney and designed the iconic "It's a Small World" ride for the 1964 World's Fair in New York, which gave ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Into the Hurricane by Neil Connelly (review)
    • Abstract: "When you're faced with destruction on a massive scale, it's hard to find a good reason to give a damn about anything." So says Eli, a Louisiana teenager whose sister's ghost has been urging him toward suicide; it's also true for Max, an angstridden and sharp-tongued Jersey girl, who has stolen away with the ashes of her recently deceased father. Hopes of redemption bring Max and Eli separately to a bayou island, but an impending hurricane brings them together in a fight for their lives. What looks initially like a simple story of coping and mourning quickly evolves into a story of survival and reliance as these teenagers are forced to think quickly, trust blindly, and hope the errors of their past haven't yet ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Zinnia and the Bees by Danielle Davis (review)
    • Abstract: Both seventh-grader Zinnia and her eighteen-year-old brother Adam are serious pranksters, and their latest feat is hitting the statue of Zinnia's school mascot with a yarn bomb—knitter Zinnia's preferred form of street art, which basically consists of covering something public with yarn. When she comes home from detention, she finds Adam has left with no note or explanation, and it seems like their pushy, perfectionist mother doesn't care. Then things get completely weird when a bunch of apparently hiveless bees take up residence in Zinnia's frizzy, out of control hair, and the only one who seems to take notice is the weird new neighbor boy Birch. Bee-infested hair makes a strange premise, but it works reasonably ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (review)
    • Abstract: Jule lost her scholarship to Stanford when she exposed the sexual harassment of her swim coach. Imogen is an über-wealthy, adopted heiress who has left college and is partying at her home in Martha's Vineyard instead. The girls knew each other briefly in their posh high school until Jule moved away, and when they run into each other on the beach, they become friends again. When Imogen disappears, it's Jule who finds her suicide note and, unexpectedly, becomes heir to her fortune. That's the setup, but is any of it what it seems' In this gender twist on Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, Jule is not who she seems to be, and Imogen pays the price for her privilege-blinded coldness and naïveté in more ways ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell (review)
    • Abstract: The author of the popular How to Train Your Dragon books returns here with a clever and fresh new series that examines a magical world where warriors and wizards are at odds, and witches threaten everyone. Two thirteen-year-olds on opposite sides of these battling worlds, Xar the wizard and Wish the warrior, find each other and try to upend the assumptions and suspicions that have kept their respective groups apart. There's also a scary witch who wants to steal magic and use it to destroy, so Xar and Wish need to set their differences aside to defeat their common enemy. The multiplicity of secondary characters means it's sometimes difficult to keep track of who is allied with whom, but once all the pieces are in ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pablo and Birdy by McGhee Alison (review)
    • Abstract: Pablo's tenth birthday is coming up and he doesn't want anything extravagant—he just wants to know his origin story. He has lived his whole life surrounded by islanders who love him and are happy to fabricate tales of why, as an infant, he appeared to them on a raft guarded by a strange flightless parrot. Though he wonders if he's missing something, he learns that wholeness can be found even when all the answers aren't available. Birdy the parrot is unusual as a protector of baby Pablo and subsequent loyal companion, and since she's also touched with magical realism, there's a lovely little mystery built around the kind of bird she is and what that might mean for the island. The book overall is sweet and ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes (review)
    • Abstract: Eighteen years ago, Pepper Al-Yusef was born in the midst of the burning oil fields in Kuwait and delivered into the hands of his father by an American soldier named Winston Mavity, who is now an arsonist awaiting execution for felony murder. Winston's daughter, Molly, doesn't think much of her father, but she doesn't believe that her mother, who supposedly drowned herself, is really dead. Ava Dreyman is a famously dead teen, dubbed the Anne Frank of the Cold War when her journal was published after she was reportedly killed by the Stasi. The stories of these three teens come together when Molly receives a note in the post office box attached to the key her mother left her, instructing her to find Pepper and seek ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris and Al A. Kazam (review)
    • Abstract: Carter knows there is a better life for him than swindling people via magic with Sly Mike, his guardian only in the loosest sense of the word. When he runs away he meets up with a local illusionist, Dante Vernon, who gives him some sage advice (stay away from carnies and trust his own instincts) and also offers him a safe place to stay. The Vernons are a friendly gay couple who have adopted one kid and are eager to help any others who need it, making their magic shop a haven for a motley group of misfit kids who find community in one another. If the ending is a bit too rosy or the diversity a bit too carefully balanced in this first book by noted actor Harris, those are certainly minor points that don't dampen the ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott (review)
    • Abstract: Believing she's never going to be adopted, twelve-year-old Alli decides to take her fate into her own hands and escape the orphanage where she lives. Though sharp and clever, Alli's struggling on her own; she is quickly cursed by a law-enforcing protector and she fails completely at her first theft attempt. She's incredibly lucky to run into Beck, who has a key connection to the Thieves Guild, where Alli can get training. More importantly, she can get money, since the treatment for her curse is expensive, and Alli's only got a week or so before it kills her. There is plenty of excitement built into this novel even before the race for time kicks in. Alli's ferocious desire for independence and competence is ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzales (review)
    • Abstract: In this poetic address to his daughter, the author notes that "there are questions we all ask when we are learning what it means to be human," but also that this world sometimes asks people, not necessarily in a friendly way, "What are you'" and "Where are you from'" The answer he provides for his Muslim Latino daughter is impassioned and poetic, evoking both Mayan pyramids and crescent moons, making the point that "our prayers were here/ before any borders were" and reminding his daughter, "No matter what they say,/ know you are wondrous." This is somewhat slow and abstract for young listeners, but there's an elegance to the text, and its gritty acknowledgement that some kids may face rude and ignorant questioning ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen (review)
    • Abstract: Abigail is narrator of her own disaster in this funny, zippy novel, describing how she landed in an elite boarding school that turned out to be a secret spy school and learned her mom was one of the top agents. One might think that with a parent who is one of the best of the best spies, Abigail would have some innate skills, but nope. Abigail's learning on the fly, and some of the people teaching her want to use her as bait to get her missing mother back. The parent who is secretly something unexpected or even the school that is a front for a spy training facility aren't new concepts, but McMullen makes it all feel fresh, and the reveal about her mother is well scaffolded. The villain that her mom has been ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World's Largest Rainforest
           by Sy Montgomery (review)
    • Abstract: The peripatetic Ms. Montgomery is off again, this time to the Brazilian town of Barcelos on the Rio Negro, one of the two rivers that become the Amazon. The town's big industry is the harvesting of tropical fish, those dazzling tank inhabitants familiar from pet-store displays, and scientists are partnering with the locals to keep that industry competitive and ecological. It might be surprising that biologists are favoring the removal of animals from the wild, but Montgomery makes the advantages clear: the hand-harvesting means the species are at no risk of endangerment, the river's health stays economically important, new species get discovered, and the locals don't have to turn to rainforest-destroying ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski (review)
    • Abstract: Cassandra knows she is smart enough, driven enough, and desperate enough to earn a spot on a classified mission into space, and she's ready to take on any competitors who are vying for the same place. It turns out that there's a whole lot of information about interplanetary travel and alien life that is being kept from the public, and there have been some alien communications that now allow for a completely different form of space travel; meanwhile, Cassandra makes her way through the competition as lesser competitors fall away. Cassandra is a well-rounded character who respects and appreciates her own diverse family (she is half-Indian) and the cultural differences of the other young people who surround her, and ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Great Art Caper by Victoria Jamieson (review)
    • Abstract: Since his master plan to escape Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School failed last year (in The Great Pet Escape, BCCB 3/16), hamster GW, class pet of second grade, has gone soft, even taking a shine to a human girl, Carina. He wants to give her something to congratulate her for participating in the school's art show, so he and pals Barry the bunny and Sunflower the guinea pig sneak out one night and head to the art room, only to be faced with the fourth-grade class pet and evil genius Harriet the mouse, who plans on ruining the art show and blaming GW. This graphic novel sequel is just as witty and playful as the first, with heaps of visual humor and straight-up adorableness. The antics of the bucktoothed ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (review)
    • Abstract: On the night of their high school's annual bonfire, the spell Laurel, Ash, and Holly cast from a tattered old book they found in the woods actually works: the diaries that had been stolen from them are returned. However, the Spellbook of the Lost and Found warns that calling back lost things must be balanced out by sacrifices. Rose, a complete unknown to the three girls, loses something precious to her at the bonfire, and her friendship with Olive is dissolving in the wake of it; Hazel loses her trust in her brother Rowan when she is sure he messed around with her crush Ivy. Rose, Olive, Hazel, Rowan, and Ivy are then thrown together, trying to clean up the mess made by Laurel, Ash, and Holly, who find out magic is ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales by Emily Jenkins (review)
    • Abstract: Several folktales are linked together by their setting in Jenkins' retellings. In a cold, intimidating, and possibly haunted forest a huntsmen cuts out the heart of a wolf to give to a vain queen; a woodcutter is granted three wishes; a girl in red goes to her grandmother's house; two children find a candy house. Nearby, a frog turns into a prince; one girl speaks pearls and another snakes. In a note, Jenkins states she wanted to write these tales as simply as possible without any reinvention. The result, however, is a rather stale collection of generic takes on the stories, and the lack of source notes or citations strips the tales of historical and cultural context. Still, there's certainly a storytelling cadence ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson (review)
    • Abstract: In this future world that is increasingly covered by water, members of the Wolfpack rule all. In the past two years since the Wolfpack forced her out of her cushy life, Eden has adjusted to life in a no-frills work camp where existence can be brutal. When she escapes, seeking a mysterious safe island called Sanctuary, she ends up with three other girls, but these girls all seem to have secrets, much like Eden herself. The island of Sanctuary is a horror-filled nightmare that is so vividly described and carefully detailed that it is a character in itself. Unfortunately, the world building is mostly awkwardly presented through long passages where Eden is remembering life before, and the romance sits incongruously ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Monster Trucks by Joy Keller (review)
    • Abstract: Have you ever given thought to what monsters do with themselves when they're not off being scary' It turns out they drive the vehicles that keep our communities—human and monstrous—running smoothly. They're uniquely well adapted to their tasks, too. Skeletons, for instance, are great in the desert on a heavy roller truck: "They pave and roll and put up cones/ without a sweat—they're only bones." A yeti makes a perfect snow plower: "To every blizzard, he's exposed—/ he drives without the windows closed." The swamp monster hauls muck in a dump truck; a vampire, with no fear of heights, is master of the cherry picker; mummy ambulance drivers are johnny-on-the-spot with bandages and tape. The bouncy verses feature some ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dog on a Frog' by Kes Gray and Claire Gray (review)
    • Abstract: We've had a Frog on a Log and now a dog (a gravity-prone basset hound) is taking sitting to a new level by settling down on a frog. The displeased frog decides it's time to change up the sitting rules and gives every animal a rhyming object to sit on: dogs sit on logs, bears sit on stairs, etc. That "etc." reaches to some fanciful plans, with crickets sitting on tickets, leopards sitting on shepherds, cheetahs on fajitas, and so on for a splendid sequence of ridiculousness. The punchline, of course, is the frog's new seating arrangement: a very comfy lounge chair, complete with umbrella and cooling beverage. The Grays and Field ramp this all up into an excellent comic performance piece; the increasing pace of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy (review)
    • Abstract: The Interworlds Agency is looking for a few good teens; they need to be brilliant, bold, creative, and dedicated to interplanetary travel in the pursuit of finding other habitable planets. Two hundred of the best are put through tests, and Eddie and Rosa emerge as the top options (plus a back-up pair who, appropriately if disappointingly, don't get much page space). Things go wonky pretty quickly, and soon readers are sucked into a plot involving a mirror Earth and the risk of the end of the world (via a bacteria released by Earth2 onto our Earth). It's a complex plot and a great one; the concepts feel fresh, the humor and fear factors are perfectly balanced, and there are plenty of nifty sci-fi elements for genre ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Step Up To The Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami (review)
    • Abstract: In Yuba City, California in 1945, preteen Maria Singh longs to play softball like the big headliners, and she's thrilled that her teacher, Miss Newman, is getting a girls' team together. Maria's frustrated, though, by her strict Sikh father's conservative ideas about girls' behavior and dress, which leave her running for the ball in a long skirt. As she waits for her Mexican-born mother to soften her father's approach, the ripples of World War II come closer to their small community. Another girl in what outsiders call the group of "Mexican Hindus," families of Indian men married to Latino women, loses her father in the war, while the man from whom the Singhs lease their house and farmland is planning to sell up ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Bone Queen: Pellinor: Cadvan's Story by Alison Croggon (review)
    • Abstract: Fans of the Books of Pellinor quartet (The Crow, BCCB 01/08, etc.) will be elated to see that this prequel has made its way over from Australia, and readers starting the series here will likely be equally thrilled when they learn that a rich, lengthy series awaits them, featuring overlapping setting and characters. In this volume, it's fifty years earlier and young Cadvan, a key mentor in the later books, lives in exile after a huge mistake that resulted in the death of a loved one, his expulsion from the Schools of Barding, and the Bone Queen, a revenant, splitting apart and surviving in small bits inside people. Cadvan would have stayed tucked away in a small town forever, but now he is needed, as is the strength ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dash Of Dragon by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski (review)
    • Abstract: Already a gifted chef, thirteen-year-old Lailu just wants to be left alone to cook amazing food featuring magical animals (like basilisk, kraken, or the elusive and difficult to prepare dragon). Unfortunately, her mentor offers her up as collateral if he can't pay back a loan, and soon Lailu is entangled in a messy bit of business involving a whole bunch of bad guys who hate each other but seem united in their worrying interest in Lailu and her budding new restaurant. The elves are brilliantly cold and amoral, the henchmen for Mr. Boss oily and vicious, and Slipshod, Lailu's mentor, fails her multiple times—it's a lot for even such a ferociously talented and independent teen. Luckily, she's got some staunch allies ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Little Red Riding Sheep by Linda Ravin Lodding (review)
    • Abstract: We've long heard the complaint that traditional fairy tales were sexist; it turns out they're species-ist as well. Arnold, a sheep, is out to change all that as he interrupts the plans of the author and illustrator of this tale with his request to replace the little girl protagonist. He also has lots of suggestions for character changes to make the story friendlier, including inviting an illustrator friend who's willing to use an eraser to make Arnold less plump and tasty-looking. The running conversation between Arnold and the exasperated author is signaled through font changes—the author's words appear in a chubby, bold typeface while Arnold's queries and suggestions are in speech bubbles. Arnold's insistent ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by
           Patrick McDonnell (review)
    • Abstract: Why would a cat comfortably ensconced on a puffy floor cushion want to run away' Because the door is open, of course. Making a joyful break for it on his two hind legs, Cat runs right into the first harbinger of an alphabet with attitude, Alligator. Alligator is pretty startled to find himself pursued by Bear, who has managed to stir the ire of Chicken. The quartet is so alarmed when they run across Dragon that Chicken lays an Egg. And now the chase is on in the nonsensical fashion kids may associate with "Going on a Lion Hunt": slipping over Ice, swinging through a Jungle, running over Mountains, Parachuting over a cliff, stopping at a Restroom. The weary parade of Tired travellers is finally stopped by a King and ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović (review)
    • Abstract: Before twins Iris and Malina were born, their mother fled to Montenegro after her father killed her sister and mother for being witches. Or at least, this is the story Iris and Malina have always been told, with a warning that the sisters must never reveal their "gleam," their ability to produce irresistible beauty through magic, to anyone. When several mysterious visitors come to town and their mother is murdered, Malina and Iris follow clues that lead them down increasingly twisty, disorienting paths, laden with betrayal and secrets and revealing a family history wildly different from what they've known. Their search takes them through Montenegro's unique geography and landmarks, and vivid descriptions immerse ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan (review)
    • Abstract: Things to know about Riley Stone, protagonist of this taut thriller:1She's the perfect American high school girl, a gorgeous head cheerleader and valedictorian, with absolutely no time for dating and romantic relationships.2She is so over her "good girl" status, which is why she embarks on a steamy, jealousy-filled relationship with (married) French teacher Alex Belrose.3Riley's plans, carefully laid out in lists, are non-negotiable—even after her teacher/boyfriend and two others die and she's found at the scene.Morgan puts these elements together in a thrillingly twisted story of Type A personalities gone awry. In her narration Riley paints herself as unwaveringly rational and reliable, so when things start ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller (review)
    • Abstract: Elizabeth mourns her mother, who left, and she's worried about her father, who's so lost in sorrow that he floats through life, oblivious and empty. She hopes that settling in at Witheringe House, his childhood home, will help, because sure, when does going back to a creepy, dusty rambling estate where tragedy once occurred not snap someone right out of their misery' Elizabeth's best friend, Zenobia, who loves Edgar Allan Poe and all things creepy, and who might be entirely a product of Elizabeth's imagination, comes along too; that's just as well, since the evil in Witheringe House might be too much for Elizabeth to tackle on her own. There's an appealing ambiguity in what exactly Zenobia might be; it's clear ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller (review)
    • Abstract: "Your body is a treacherous savage thing and it is trying to kill you." So says sixteen-year-old Matt, whose anorexia has shifted into overdrive since the departure of his beloved older sister, and who endures abuse for being gay every school day. Ironically, one of the main trio of bullies, Tariq, is Matt's dream boy, and the dream becomes a reality when he and Matt begin a clandestine relationship. That's not enough to right Matt's distorted self-image, though, or to coax him away from the power he finds in self-denial and abnegation, a power that sharpens his senses and sometimes gives him uncanny abilities. There's an echo of Francesca Lia Block in the lush self-tormenting of Matt's narration, which then makes ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell (review)
    • Abstract: In a world where human impact on the planet has caused global ecosystem collapse, eleven-year-old Kiri is an outsider in the village of her late mother, where she still lives with her scientist father. Though much of life on Earth is headed toward extinction, Kiri's dad works to preserve some species by removing the remaining population from their habitats, and a rare panther and her cubs have been spotted near the village. Mitchell does nice work laying out the foundation of the warring moral and environmental stances here—the options are to work to improve local conditions if it's possible to preserve the habitats or to yank away precious rare plants or animals before they are destroyed forever. Even the human ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bob and Tom by Denys Cazet (review)
    • Abstract: Perhaps best known as the creator of noodleheaded cows Minnie and Moo (Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon and Minnie and Moo Go Dancing, BCCB 9/98), Cazet returns here with a new pair of daffy protagonists in turkeys Tom and Bob. The book follows the birds from sunrise to sunset in five brief time-stamped chapters treating events from being rained on ("'It's wet,' Tom noticed. 'It's the water,' Bob explained") to going for a swim to forgetting their own names. As with Minnie and Moo, the comedy is at its best in the dialogue between the two protagonists, as the two birdbrains make serious efforts to understand the world in a way that will have readers snickering. The colored-pencil art is soft, with shading sometimes ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Isadora Moon Goes to School by Harriet Muncaster (review)
    • Abstract: Being half fairy and half vampire becomes a problem for young Isadora when it's time to start school. Her fairy mother thinks fairy school is the best fit for the pointy-eared, fairy-winged girl, but it turns out she's not fairy enough for that school, casting a spell that results in a giant carrot. Her fanged father thinks vampire school is definitely the way to go, but Isadora's fairy wings prove no match for the other kids' magic capes when it comes to flying, and she can barely stay awake due to the nocturnal schedule. When she sees a group of human kids, all different from the other and no one seeming to mind, having fun on their way to school, she realizes she may have found her place. Sure, the point is a ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond by Martin
           Jenkins (review)
    • Abstract: This attractive volume, with Stephen Biesty's signature detailed illustrations, may look like a coffee table/gift book, but it's got serious textual chops. Jenkins offers a smoothly narrated history of international space programs, where they've taken us so far, and what the limits are on where we can go from here. The eight chapters seem at first to be purely topical—e.g., "Looking at the Sky," Surviving in Space," "Is Anybody Out There'"—but Jenkins skillfully herds them into orderliness, seamlessly segueing among technical developments that enable astroscientists to reach each fresh level of exploration. The double-columned text provides more coverage than the modest page count implies, and the layout is clean ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • This Impossible Light by Lily Myers (review)
    • Abstract: In this verse novel, fifteen-year-old Ivy is a late bloomer, physically speaking, but once she starts it looks as though her growth spurt both up and out is never going to end. The year of her changing body coincides with the year her father moves out, her mother sinks into a depression, her older brother is away pursuing his dream of becoming a chef, and her best friend returns from a summer in Paris with a new attitude toward booze and a new best friend. Ivy has always been a smart, focused girl, but the emotional abandonment she feels leads her to try to regain control where she can—through her eating, exercise, and study habits. While she thinks she is feeling good and maintaining focus by either purging or ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (review)
    • Abstract: Sal wants to become the new Opal, one of a handful of assassins who work closely with the queen—and Sal will kill anyone who stands in the way. Sal won't be distracted by love, though the appealing Elise (who is tutoring Sal in royal behavior) could distract anyone. Nor will the other competitors who are also trying to earn this spot, though their efforts to kill one another (and Sal) are compelling reasons to lose focus. Though the political machinations of the queen are complex and directly related to Sal's own focus on vengeance for a massacre that left Sal alone, there is also a budding recognition that murder is, occasionally, not the only path toward solving problems. Sal is intriguing in a number of ways—an ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol (review)
    • Abstract: Arianwyn is heartbroken when her witch test goes awry and she's stuck at apprentice level for at least six more months. Even so, a witch shortage means that she's still given a town, Lull, where she can settle and help the townsfolk, though at first Arianwyn has more problems than successes as she negotiates magical creatures, suspicious residents, and disdainful peers. It turns out there's an evil supernatural force lurking, and Arianwyn may be the only person able to conquer it, as she's actually such a powerful witch that the machines couldn't measure her abilities. Arianwyn is an effective blend of youthful naïveté and admirable maturity: she makes unwise decisions to hide her mistakes, but she also lives alone ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O'Brien (review)
    • Abstract: Dad's job with an international famine relief organization frequently takes him to North Korea, and this time twelve-year-old Mia Andrews and her teenage brother, Simon, are required to go along. There's a certain cachet to being among the few Westerners to visit that country, but it's no dream vacation for either of them. Then things hurtle downhill when Dad is arrested for unknown reasons, and Mia finds herself in possession of a cell phone loaded with photos of abused—or dead—persons evidently imprisoned in North Korean labor camps. After Mia and Simon watch Dad get put into a police car and driven away, they immediately take to their heels in an effort to cross the border into China, a feat made even more ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • What Makes a Monster': Discovering the World's Scariest Creatures by
           Jess Keating (review)
    • Abstract: Moving on from her color-themed effort in Pink Is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals (BCCB 3/16), Keating starts here with the tried and true theme of scary animals and then finds some interesting new byways off that well-worn path. Sharing the stage with the reliably eerie vampire bat, Portuguese man-of-war, and komodo dragon are some less discussed but equally shudder-worthy critters. The aye-aye isn't much danger to humans, but superstition marking it as an omen of death leads some Malagasy people to kill it on sight. The African horror frog shoots broken finger bones out of its claws as defensive weapons, hence its nickname "Wolverine frog." The tyrant leech king of South America ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Blight by Alexandra Duncan (review)
    • Abstract: Tempest is obedient and loyal, a nearly perfect example of the unquestioning cog in a vast wheel that AgraStar has raised her to be. When an explosion set off by rebels against the conglomerate leads to massive destruction (the blight that is accidentally released ruins crops and kills people), she winds up with the most unlikely ally imaginable in Alder, a rebel who is just as suspicious of her as she is of him. The journey to AgraStar headquarters is harrowing (Alder nearly dies on the trip), but ultimately both survive and create a bond formed through adversity, only to discover several shocking secrets that will change their lives forever. Tempest's slow, painful evolution from dedicated drone to belligerent ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh (review)
    • Abstract: Last fall, a pyro incident at school landed seventh-grader Harper in a psychiatric hospital; then, in the hospital, another strange event left her with two broken arms, two broken ribs, and ultimately the loss of her mother's trust. Now it's summer, Harper has no memory of the incidents, and her family is moving into a charming old house. That charm turns into something more sinister, however, as a spirit takes over her little brother; Harper realizes her mysterious past is related to her ability to contact spirits and that she may be the only one who can save the family. Oh begins this tale with playful supernatural occurrences that soon take a dark and delicious turn into creepytown. Imaginative descriptions are ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Us, in Progress: Stories about Young Latinos by Lulu Delacre (review)
    • Abstract: In the introduction to this collection of twelve short stories, Delacre explains its purpose is to educate readers about the diverse backgrounds and experiences of young Latinos in the U.S, explains her use of refranes—pithy Spanish sayings—to frame each story, and interprets the portraits she has created to accompany each story. While the portraits are indeed beautiful, the stories themselves are unfortunately lackluster, each presenting a good kid who does the right thing in a bad situation. In addition, there is always at least one noble adult who supports the child, even though there are hints of fathers who can't keep jobs or abandon their families and abuelos who drink too much. Delacre does accomplish her ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Story of Barbie and the Woman Who Created Her by Cindy Eagan (review)
    • Abstract: In this celebratory picture book account, Eagan starts with the Barbie origin story in which Ruth Handler pushes her sophisticated creation, inspired by her daughter's preference for homemade high fashion paperdolls over cuddly baby dolls, past grumpy male skeptics at Mattel and wins public favor at a 1959 toy expo. Then it's on to how Barbie has led the way as a role model for little girls with big career aspirations, who can see in astronaut, doctor, and ballerina Barbies a pattern for their dreams. Certainly this is one theme of the Barbie story, but it's hardly the only one; while illustrations do show a growing diversity among the dolls, Eagan's text never directly addresses Barbie and friends' positive ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beyond the Doors by David Neilsen (review)
    • Abstract: After the disappearance of their mother and the severe injury of their father, the four Rothbaum siblings go to live with an aunt of whom they've never heard before; they are certain being together in a house with the doors removed and piled up around the house (which they are forbidden to touch) is still better than being away from one another. It turns out the doors are portals opening into other memory planes, and their aunt is using them to search for her family; now the kids' aunt, their mother, and their elderly parents are trapped maneuvering in and out of these memory worlds. The idea of a machine that can open portals to memories is intriguing, and the concept that overuse can harm a person (as it does ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Now by Antoinette Portis (review)
    • Abstract: Lyrical text expresses a young girl's joy in the things she's experiencing ("This is my favorite breeze./ This is my favorite leaf") and explains the reason ("That is my favorite cloud because it's the one I am watching"). In each case, it's clear that it's the iteration she's engaging with right now ("This is my favorite tree because it's the one where I am swinging") that's her favorite, which both speaks to the immediacy of experience and offers an interesting thinking point for young listeners about past and present. Portis sets up an effective simple narrative structure, with two short lines and one long one creating satisfying stanzas, and then adds touches of creative variation ("That was my favorite boat" ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds (review)
    • Abstract: Nerdy Birdy loves his electronics; his best friend, Vulture, is more of a wings-on kind of gal. It's never been much of a problem until Nerdy Birdie discovers the app Tweetster, with a whole community of friends, game players, and picture swappers ready to be cultivated. Vulture doesn't see the charm but goes along with it, even signing up herself. When Nerdy Birdy posts a picture of Vulture enjoying her scavenged lunch, though, the trolls come out and the friendship goes dark. Nerdy Birdy's online friends are more interested in mocking than helping him mend the relationship, and it takes determined searching, a major apology, and a spirit of compromise to restore amity. Davies' line and watercolor cartoons make ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beast & Crown by Joel Ross (review)
    • Abstract: Thirteen-year-old Ji is certain he is meant for more than his current lowly servant position. When he sees a chance to accompany a noble boy to the Diadem Rite to find a new heir to the Summer Crown, considers this his opportunity. Now Ji is traveling with his two closest friends, and he has high hopes that his plans are finally coming together; however, he soon learns that part of the rite involves the servants of nobility—in a very bad role. This is a world teeming with goblins, monsters, bone crypts, dragons, and magic, and the pace zips along too quickly to worry much about the occasional flatness of the characters themselves (the two friends and the noble boy don't get nearly as much depth as Ji himself does). ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Book of Lies by Teri Terry (review)
    • Abstract: Quinn, deemed at birth to be destructive and evil, was raised by her grandmother in a harsh setting and she rarely saw her distant, judgmental mother; only at her mother's funeral does Quinn discover that she has an identical twin, Piper. Piper, on the other hand, was raised in a comfortable, loving world and she's used to getting her own way. Once the two are together, it's apparent that both have agendas, and each are keeping secrets from the other. The historical magic and mysticism around this family intriguingly suggests generations of supernatural abilities (that have rarely been put to good use). It's almost immediately clear that Piper's got some serious issues, however, so the initial good twin/bad twin ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors (review)
    • Abstract: Evil genius Gizmo the guinea pig shares the dismay of his owner, Elliott, when Elliott's father's remarriage means moving in with a new blended family. Soon, however, Gizmo realizes he has found his superhero match to his own villainy in Wedgie, the cape-wearing, tail-chasing dog of Elliot's stepsiblings. Wedgie's got no clue about this arrangement, as he's pretty clueless about everything, though he does believe that he has superpowers and that it is his job to protect his family, including Gizmo. Narration bounces between canine and cavy with inserts of human dialogue; the combination gives three different perspectives on individual events, and the result is a delightfully comedic look at the chaos that is family ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (review)
    • Abstract: Morrigan has always known that she is a cursed child destined to die young. Ah, but what if a fantastic and mysterious man swoops in and saves her at the last minute, offering her entry to a new realm and the chance to earn her way into the Wundrous Society' Even if her life weren't on the line, the prospect is a great deal better than her current joyless existence, so she quickly accepts, leaving behind her dour home and entering a new and exciting one. The magical elements are well written and clever, and the villainous force working against all of Nevermoor (the other realm) is formidable and wonderfully creepy, but the core of this novel lies in Morrigan's slow realization of her own value, of being a person ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Quilts of Gee's Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin (review)
    • Abstract: The town of Gee's Bend, Alabama, is largely populated by descendants of the slaves who once worked the Pettway Plantation, many of whom share the last name of its original owner. The tradition of quilting has been handed down for at least four generations at Gee's Bend, valued as a practical answer to providing warmth in inadequate housing, and as an creative outlet for the women who worked fields and managed households. When the quilts came to the attention of civil rights worker Father Francis Xavier Walter in 1965, the tight-knit band of craftswomen suddenly found their work elevated to capital-A Art and were drawn into business arrangements to supply upscale consumers and art collections, improving their own ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea (review)
    • Abstract: A ghost roams the halls of his spooky house and peers fearfully out the window at the woods beyond. In his direct address to the audience, he explains he'd love to go explore them with the listener, but unfortunately, he's spilled some orange juice on his sheet and has nothing to wear. Populated with pink and blue trees, smiling clouds, and woodland creatures preparing for a costume party, the woods in question look more like Matty Long's Super Happy Magic Forest (BCCB 3/16) than anything else, but the ghost is certain he's being fooled when he hears reports of its cuteness and prefers to stay home and take care of his cat. In between vibrant textless digital spreads of the adorably geometric forest denizens ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth by
           Don Tate (review)
    • Abstract: "Strongest Man on Earth"' With competing reports, self-promoting hype, and Louis Cyr (of Debon's The Strongest Man in the World, BCCB 5/07) on the strongman show circuit, it's hard to award that title to Eugen Sandow with certainty. He is, however, considered the father of body-building, and he turned himself from a scrawny kid into a bundle of muscle. After an exhausting career as a strongman, Sandow, no longer as bulky and buff as he was in his heyday, "launched the Great Competition," a men's body-building contest that assessed not only an impressive physique but also overall health and athleticism. While Louis Cyr and other muscleflexing contemporaries have passed into the history and record books, Sandow lives ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds (review)
    • Abstract: Sixteen-year-old Miles Morales has a scholarship to a posh boarding school a subway ride away from his home in Brooklyn, a faithful Korean American roommate/sidekick named Ganke, and a huge secret: he's Spiderman. His uncle Aaron's thievery was the source of the spider that bit Miles, and Miles is the reason Aaron is dead. While that backstory haunts him, he's currently dealing with a creepy history class, where a sinister teacher named Chamberlain baits his African-American students with pro-slavery and pro-incarceration propaganda. Ganke, meanwhile, is trying to get Miles to use his special abilities to make money, and Miles' crush has him caught in a sticky web of teen angst. What's a teenaged superhero to do' ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith (review)
    • Abstract: Matt Nolan may not like academics, but he makes sure to keep his grade average at the requisite 60% (hence the title) because his classmates are his best clients, doling out plenty of cash for the drugs Matt sells. Most of his haul, however, goes to the care of his dying uncle, the man who raised him. When he's required to join an afterschool activity or else risk expulsion, he signs up with the Helping Hands committee. There he's paired up with Amanda, a girl ostracized for her weight but unflaggingly cheerful and optimistic about her future as a nurse. Her compassion and caretaking skills extend to Matt and his uncle, who both end up desperately needing her kindness as their situation worsens. Smith deploys some ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher (review)
    • Abstract: Sixteen-year-old Lenny, short for Eleanor, nurses her dying father as her mother dives into her work and her older sister hides from the family tragedy at college. Unable to convince her mom that neither Dad's diagnosis nor their family affairs can be solved by miracle cures, Lenny steps up to the plate for the family, but she makes a few slip-ups along the way which include alienating her best friend, jeopardizing the reputation of a member of her father's medical team, who happens to be her crush, and creating a list of the possible ways of human eradication for said crush. Full of emotion and armed with a viper tongue, Lenny comes across in this smoothly told tale as hard, even angry, but honest; her ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Our Story Begins: Children's Authors and Illustrators Share Fun,
           Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids
           ed. by Elissa Brent Weissman (review)
    • Abstract: This collection offers a lively glimpse of the artistic starts of twenty-six writers and illustrators for youth, with notable contributors such as Kwame Alexander, Dan Santat, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Linda Sue Park. Each entry includes a childhood picture, a reminiscence, ranging from a single paragraph to several pages, about the subject's youthful exploits, a generous sample of his or her childhood efforts, and a jacket-blurb style biography. The snapshots of the artists as young men and women are engaging and irreverent, mostly written with affection but amusement about their younger efforts ("Yes, I am using big words. No, they are not necessarily the right big words," says Chris Grabenstein). There are a ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Odd & True by Cat Winters (review)
    • Abstract: The Leeds Devil is rumored to be wreaking havoc in the east in 1909, but across the country in Oregon, fifteen-year-old Trudchen's got her own problems. The leg that polio weakened has only been getting worse, living with her strict aunt is becoming increasingly unbearable, and now her estranged older sister Odette shows up at Tru's window, begging Tru to join her in taking up the family mantle and hunt monsters. Tru decides to go, partly to keep an eye on Od, whose erratic behavior makes Tru question Od's sanity, and partly because it might allow Tru to see their estranged mother. Tru narrates their current journey to Philadelphia in 1909 while, in interpolated chapters, Od tells her own story from Tru's birth in ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (review)
    • Abstract: The fair folk depend on the Craft of the humans in the town of Whimsy to provide real, not glamoured, beauty to their immortal lives, and portrait artist Isobel has earned a name for herself among the faerie. Her portrait of the autumn prince Rook, however, is almost too canny, relaying the human emotion that haunts his eyes. Unfortunately, such humanity makes the prince seem weak, and Isobel's work causes uproar in the faerie courts and threatens his place as prince. He forces her to come with him to convince the fair folk she made a mistake, but their journey through his realm reveals a blight ravaging the kingdoms and Rook's inability to stop it. Confident and purposeful, seventeen-year-old Isobel is a strong ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy (review)
    • Abstract: In this terrifying illustrated novel, a creepy orphanage looms large in two parallel stories told in the style of Brian Selznick's books where part of a story is told exclusively in illustration, part solely through text. Smy's illustrated story focuses on a lonely contemporary protagonist, Ella, who spots a girl in the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute and decides to befriend her. The interspersed text comes in the form of diary entries from 1982, written by a girl at the Thornhill Institute who is tormented beyond all reason by a school bully, particularly after the institute closes and they are the only two girls left, awaiting reassignment elsewhere. As the diary entries become more grim, the ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (review)
    • Abstract: Emmett will do anything to help his parents, so he signs up with a megacorp's secret interplanetary mission that promises lavish payment and medical care for participants' families. He and other teens are voyaging to the planet Eden to collect nyxia, a desperately wanted substance that Eden's inhabitants have agreed that Earth can mine, and now the young people are battling it out on a year-long flight to determine which of them will have the right to actually be hired at their destination. The futuristic ship is full of impressive gadgets; the competitions are clever and it's fun to guess what skill they might be designed to elicit; the true stars, however, are the teens themselves, wildly diverse and all carrying ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young (review)
    • Abstract: In this picture book, Lucy adores her unicorn (who looks suspiciously like a goat), and she's anxious to introduce him to her friend Cole when he comes over to play. When Cole and Lucy start to play, however, Sparkle feels left out, and his rambunctious reminders that he's still there earn him a time-out. He rejoins their play when Cole brings out his drum and invites Sparkle to dance. Now it's Lucy's turn to feel left out, but Sparkle and Cole soon show her that three can play as well as two. Sparkle and Lucy's second outing is every bit as sweetly appealing as their first (A Unicorn Named Sparkle). Scribbly-haired Lucy's faith that Sparkle is indeed a unicorn remains steadfast despite Cole's and the audience's ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry (review)
    • Abstract: In this surprisingly subtle graphic novel, Victoria tries to be a good big sister to Katia by encouraging her to blend in at their new boarding school, but Katia remains determinedly nonconformist. Her independent wanderings lead her often to a nearby graveyard, and that's how she winds up a target of ghosts who kill for hire. Those ghosts are sent by a man who needs to kill a child every thirteen years to keep his own young son alive, even though the boy himself doesn't wish it. It's a plot that's poignant for both protagonists and antagonist: the isolated sisters with little hopes of fitting into their school's casually cruel crowd, and a man trying to hold the one thing he has left of his family even as he ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (review)
    • Abstract: After living in a volatile relationship with her unstable mom, Kacey is surprised by the warm welcome she receives from her father's wife when she joins his family. Soon she has two close friends, Jade and Bailey; her stepbrother, Andrew, is friendly and supportive; and her stepsister, Lauren, is warming up to her. Then Bailey goes missing, and Kacey's classmates start acting weird toward her, whispering and sometimes being outright hostile. She is determined to find Bailey, and she does uncover several clues, but all that does is make the police suspicious of a girl who finds things before the cops do. Meanwhile, the reader is privy to Bailey's journal, which soon begins to tell a completely different story about ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds (review)
    • Abstract: Young Jasper Rabbit has gotten over his vegetable adventure (Creepy Carrots!, BCCB 10/12), and when it's time to shop for new underwear, he insists he's ready for the lurid green creepy briefs on display ("I'm not a little bunny anymore. I'm a big rabbit now!"). He begins to regret his decision when he discovers the underpants glow malevolently in the dark, but when he tries to get rid of them, it's on: no matter how he destroys or disposes of them, they return whole and indomitable. Can Jasper find a way to defeat his fabric foe' Reynolds dives even farther into elementary-grade horror here, balancing nicely between humorous and haunting in tone and events. The plot's inventive concluding turn—Jasper realizes a ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang (review)
    • Abstract: Some of David Da-Wei Horowitz's problems just come from being in seventh grade: he wants to fit in, but doesn't want to totally abandon his best friend for a newcomer; he doesn't know how to talk to a girl he likes; his bar mitzvah is coming up, and there's all the family pushing and tugging that goes with it. Troubles also stem from other causes, since being born both Chinese and Jewish brings its own issues, as does coming of age in 1983, with President Reagan and the Russians rattling swords, and the airing of the nuclear apocalypse movie The Day After setting everybody on edge. It would be nice if his parents could agree to a simple ceremony, his two buddies could get on with practicing for their trivia ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush (review)
    • Abstract: Eighteen-year-old Jemmie is mad at the world. She's mad at Crowe, for whom she has long had feelings and who rejected her. She's mad that she is surrounded by magic, since her own relationship with magic is tortured and complicated. She's absolutely furious when she gets enmeshed in a dark and twisted plot involving a super hot, super compelling dude who turns out to be evil and who wants to use Jemmie for powers she doesn't even know she has. It's a juicy plot, and the drama starts thick and heavy and doesn't let up right until the last page (and even beyond, as there are hints that Jemmie is changed in all sorts of ways, certainly not all good). The pace is quick, with bits of world building thrown in mostly ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
           (review)
    • Abstract: In this memoir, Sandra was ten years old in 2004 when her family, who originally came from Rwanda, were forced to flee their home in Democratic Republic of Congo. After a narrow escape across the border into Burundi, they took shelter in a refugee camp, which was soon thereafter attacked by Burundi rebels, who massacred many of the exiles, including Sandra's younger sister, Deborah. Emotionally devastated, with few possessions and no identifying papers to help them obtain work, the family finally qualified for resettlement to the United States, but security and stability remained elusive. Sandra and her family had been persecuted for their marginalized identity in Africa, and then in Rochester, New York, they faced ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • This Is a Ball by Beck Stanton (review)
    • Abstract: What seems like simple concept book identification ("This is a ball. . . . This is a dog") becomes a playful game between reader-aloud and audience in this Australian import, since each text identification is absurdly paired with something that's very definitely not what's suggested (the "ball" is a cube; the "dog" is an elephant). The comic text leaves space for the inevitable pushback from the knowing audience but then makes the hapless adult double down ("Nah, it's a dog for sure"). The misidentified elements then begin to accumulate to make a story about a monster and a princess with her pet dog at the beach, none of which is, according to the illustrations, what's really going on. While some of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey (review)
    • Abstract: Since the onset of her severe agoraphobia, seventeen-year-old Mallory has been attending school via webcam; when she's nominated for homecoming court as prank, Mallory's brother and best friend decide that it's a great excuse to get her out of the house, into a dress, and onto the arm of Brad Kirkpatrick, the hottest guy in school. The problem, aside from her crippling anxiety, is that she'd rather hang out online, chatting with a fellow X-Files watching, UFO-seeking nerd who is intelligent, witty, and nothing like the boys she knows—except maybe Brad's older brother, to whom Mallory can't help being drawn. While standard rom-com elements of meet cute, mistaken intentions, etc., are deployed somewhat awkwardly at ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • 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.Adoption–fiction: AlexanderADVENTURE: Baltazar; Fawcett; Kennedy; McMullen; O'Brien; Ott; TownsendAfrica: UwiringiyimanaAfrican Americans: RubinAfrican Americans–fiction: Alexander; English; Reintgen; Reynolds, J.Agoraphobia–fiction: WinfreyAgriculture–fiction: DuncanALPHABET BOOKS: ... Read More
      Keywords: Poisons; Families; Shetland pony; Whales; Blair, Mary,; Hurricanes; Honeybee; Orphans; Boarding schools; Montgomery, Sy; Pets; Survival; Frogs; World War, 1939-1945; Bards and bardism; Teacher-student relationships; Astronautics; Self-esteem; Brother
      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Author/Title Index, Volume 70: September, 2016—July/August, 2017
    • Abstract: #famous. Gagnon. 312.10 Things I Can See From Here. Mac. 227.14 Hollow Road. Bishop. 446.5 Little Ducks. Fleming. 214.7 Ate 9. Lazar. 321.Abadzis. Pigs Might Fly. 484.Abdel-Fattah. Lines We Cross. 396.Abrakapow. Campbell. 117.Ada's Ideas. Robinson. 92.Adrift. Olien. 189.Adrift at Sea. Skrypuch. 236.Adventures of Henry Whiskers. Priebe. 233.Adventures of John Blake. Pullman. 466.Adventures of Kung Fu Robot. Bays. 353.Aerie. Headley. 130.Afterward. Mathieu. 37.Against the Odds. Ignatow. 367.Agatha Parrot and the Thirteenth Chicken. Poskitt. 423.Agee. Life on Mars. 206.Agnes and Clarabelle. Griffin. 172.Albee. Poison. 484.Albertalli. Upside of Unrequited. 350.Albright. Exit Strategy. 443.Alex, Approximately. Bennett. ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-06-24T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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