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3L : Language, Linguistics, Literature     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
@nalyses     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
a/b : Auto/Biography Studies : Journal of The Autobiography Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Abgadiyat     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Abril : Revista do Núcleo de Estudos de Literatura Portuguesa e Africana da UFF     Open Access  
Abusões     Open Access  
Ação Midiática : Estudos em Comunicação, Sociedade e Cultura     Open Access  
ACME : Annali della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici dell'Università degli Studi di Milano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acquisition et interaction en langue étrangère     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Baltico-Slavica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Literaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Neophilologica     Open Access  
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aksara     Open Access  
Alea : Estudos Neolatinos     Open Access   (Followers: 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: 7)
American Literary Realism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
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)
Arabia     Open Access  
Arbitrium     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Arcadia - International Journal for Literary Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Arethusa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 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: 17)
Black Camera     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Boletim de Pesquisa NELIC     Open Access  
Book History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 125)
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: 12)
Byzantion Nea Hellás     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Caderno de Letras     Open Access  
Caderno Seminal     Open Access  
Cadernos de Letras da UFF     Open Access  
Cahiers Balkaniques     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers d'histoire. Revue d'histoire critique     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Cahiers de civilisation espagnole contemporaine     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cahiers de littérature orale     Open Access  
Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cahiers du Monde Russe     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Cahiers d’études italiennes     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cahiers franco-canadiens de l'Ouest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Callaloo     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Cambridge Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Carnets : Revue électronique d'études françaises     Open Access  
Carte Italiane     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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)
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: 9)
Contemporary Women's Writing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
COnTEXTES     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CR : The New Centennial Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Criticism     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Criticón     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Cuadernos AISPI     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Ilustración y Romanticismo     Open Access  
Cuadernos de Rusística Española     Open Access  
Cuadernos LIRICO : Revista de la Red Interuniversitaria de Estudios sobre las Literaturas Rioplatenses Contemporáneas en Francia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuban Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Cultures et conflits     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Narratives     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Writing : Text and Reception in Southern Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
De Signos y Sentidos     Open Access  
De Zeventiende Eeuw. Cultuur in de Nederlanden in interdisciplinair perspectief     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Yearbook     Hybrid Journal  
Dialektika : Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, dan Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia     Open Access  
Diálogos Latinoamericanos     Open Access  
Dicenda. Cuadernos de Filología Hispánica     Open Access  
Dickens Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Diegesis : Interdisziplinäres E-Journal für Erzählforschung     Open Access  
DIGILEC : Revista Internacional de Lenguas y Culturas     Open Access  
Discours     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dix-Neuf     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
DQR Studies in Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Drammaturgia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Dublin James Joyce Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Dutch Crossing : Journal of Low Countries Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
e-Journal of Linguistics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
E-rea     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
e-Scripta Romanica     Open Access  
e-Spania     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
e-TEALS     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Early American Literature     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 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: 18)
ELOPE : English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries     Open Access  
Emily Dickinson Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
English in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
English in Aotearoa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
English in Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
English in Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
English Literature in Transition 1880-1920     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
English Studies in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
English Text Construction     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
English: Journal of the English Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Enthymema     Open Access  
Entrelaces     Open Access  
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ESC: English Studies in Canada     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Escritura e Imagen     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Eslavística Complutense     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Essays in Criticism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Essays in French Literature and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
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: 3)

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   ISSN (Print) 0008-9036 - ISSN (Online) 1558-6766
   Published by Johns Hopkins University Press Homepage  [23 journals]
  • Windows by Julia Denos (review)
    • Abstract: Haven’t we all done it' Looked into the gleaming lit-up windows as we walk down darkened streets, marveling at what seem to be dramatic set designs and glamorous drama within' That’s the practice of our nameless protagonist, a boy who, as the sun sets, takes his dog out for a walk along the street where windows are “lit up like eyes in the dusk.” The serene second-person narration effectively sets the mood, with swift description (he encounters “an early raccoon taking a bath in squares of yellow light”) balancing effectively with simple declarative statement as the boy encounters roaming cats, passes other promenaders, and, most importantly, gets a different look at his neighborhood. Sometimes ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy ed. by Ameriie (review)
    • Abstract: In this collection by Grammy-nominee-turned-vlogger Ameriie, thirteen authors share stories about villains, some familiar (the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk, Medusa, Death, etc.) and some totally new (a vigilante teen who uses memory drugs as her power and wears a mask of the skinned flesh from her father’s hand). The collection is solidly appealing, with each tale offering inventive takes on the nature and motivations of the baddies. Soman Chainani relays the story of Camelot and of Guinevere’s (maybe) betrayal through text conversation; Victoria Schwab chronicles a world where Death takes the form of young children over generations; and Andrew Smith gives a characteristically quirky take on murder by ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Landscape with Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson (review)
    • Abstract: The aliens have landed, and they seem friendly. The vuvv have brought with them technologies that eliminate menial work and cure diseases, but unfortunately, their automation results in widespread economic collapse, so that only the wealthiest people can afford to invest in their technologies, live in the floating cities they create, and access the health care they need. The rest, like Adam and his family, are destitute. The vuvv have a weakness for nostalgic human culture, though, and Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, sign a contract that turns their crush into a sort of reality-TV Pleasantville full of retro mid-twentieth century turns of phrase. When their love goes sour, however, the vuvv sue for breach of ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • I Love You Like a Pig by Mac Barnett (review)
    • Abstract: Love, joy, and ridiculous similes come together in this confectionary absurdity from noted talents Barnett and Pizzoli. Sentences that may not make immediate sense on their own (“I’m lucky like a window”) get a funny interpretation (the beloved titular pig and his pal feast on a blueberry pie found cooling on a windowsill) in accompanying pictures in an exploration of the speaker’s affection. Some of the similes are so far out there they’re hard to follow, however, and the text is ultimately a fairly random list. The art helps pull it together with the thread of a story, or at least a musical number, as a pack of kids cheer each other, the beloved pig, a kindly elephant, some mischievous mice, a tuna, and a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (review)
    • Abstract: The Montgomery family is cursed. Or half of them are, anyway; ever since their ancestor journeyed through the Okefenokee Swamp two hundred years ago to the golden alligator Munch to “claim a great new fate,” half the descendants of the family have been born with great talents, the other half with curses. Twelve-year-old Blue, one of the unlucky ones, is spending the summer at his grandmother’s house in Murky Branch, GA (population 339) where he meets a girl named Tumble, who doesn’t believe in magic and tries to convince Blue that he can change his fate all on his own. When it turns out that Tumble is as cursed as Blue—her ancestor and Blue’s had shared the great fate and cursed both their families—they ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein (review)
    • Abstract: Owl has a balloon. Monkey wants it. The more Monkey admires that balloon, the more tightly Owl hangs on to it. Monkey proposes any number of trades, but neither teddy bears nor sunflowers nor robots hold currency. Monkey’s sock, though . . . Owl thinks a sock with a red star and a perfect-sized hole has possibilities, noting happily that you can wear a sock on your tail or foot or hand or ear; you can make it into a puppet and play. Monkey reconsiders the marvels of said sock and he realizes what a gem he already possesses; just as Owl accedes to the deal, Monkey calls it off. The two agree that Owl can keep his balloon and Monkey will keep his holey footwear—but then Lemur appears with an enticing ice cream ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough (review)
    • Abstract: The musical Hamilton has unleashed a crop of young Hamiltonians on the world, but where are they to go if they’re looking for some biographical expansion without tackling Ron Chernow’s adult work' Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death (BCCB 7/15), comes to the rescue with this lively and affectionate treatment of the subject. She’s both explicitly and implicitly aware of the musical, with echoes of its phrases popping up throughout and a strong focus on the episodes and people who were prominent in it; her casting of historical figures as protagonists or antagonists falls in line as well (don’t look here for any redemption of Jefferson, for instance). However, this volume not only fleshes out ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (review)
    • Abstract: After discovering her boyfriend Austin and her best friend making out, Kennedy Rhodes bitterly regrets having stayed in the public high school three years ago to be with Austin rather than attending Windsor, the posh private school she won a place at. When she blacks out from a bad fall, she wakes up in the life she’d have if she made a different choice; here she’s Kennedy “Crusher” Rhodes, Windsor’s star senior who abjures dating and plans to study economics, whereas the public school Kennedy was a diehard journalist. Her road not taken isn’t as idyllic as it seems, though; her family existence is strained, the focus on achievement above all has its costs, and she can’t suppress her journalistic instincts ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pennybaker School Is Headed For Disaster by Jennifer Brody (review)
    • Abstract: Thomas Fallgrout is less than thrilled about starting at the “snooty-patootey” Pennybaker School for the Uniquely Gifted, where each student has a unique gift such mastering the art of clowning, chainsaw-juggling, or, in Thomas’s case, magic/alchemy. Now everyone, including his parents, believes he stole the beloved bust of the departed math teacher Helen Heirmauser’s head. Strike one: he’s the only one who resists the fascination with Heirmauser the person or the head; strike two: he’s a magician, so naturally he could make the head disappear. Perfectly irrational thinking spreads like wildfire, making Thomas a pariah and fueling his determination to solve the mystery, unmask the brain behind the missing ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (review)
    • Abstract: Before Jane’s beloved aunt went to Antarctica, she made Jane promise that if she was ever invited to the island estate of Tu Reviens that she would go. Now, Aunt Magnolia is dead and Kiran Thrash, Jane’s old tutor and daughter of the owner of Tu Reviens, pops up out of the blue to ask Jane to a gala at the manor. Jane’s arrival on the island brings only more strangeness—Kiran’s acting weird, an enigmatic girl named Ivy may or may not be interested in Jane, there are rumors of a missing family on the estate, and then one of the family’s precious paintings is stolen. Readers will be just as puzzled as Jane as Cashore sets the pieces for a traditional murder mystery and then upends the board, changing the game ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Losers Club by Andrew Clements (review)
    • Abstract: Alec does not go anywhere—including to class—without a book, but that changes in sixth grade when Principal Vance threatens summer school if Alec’s reading obsession gets in the way of good grades. While Alec’s plan is to utilize the time he has in the Extended Day Program after school to soak up his stories in solitude, he learns that instead he must participate in an organized sports group or activity club. Disillusioned by his options—one of which is led by Alec’s biggest bully, Kent—Alec crafts an almost-foolproof solution: he starts his own club, and, to discourage membership, gives it a name he believes will deter any sensible peer from joining: The Losers Club. To his chagrin, interest grows and Alec ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (review)
    • Abstract: As if it wasn’t enough of a difference being a black and Jewish girl at her snooty New England boarding school, Suzette then had to deal with being publicly outed as a lesbian after being found in a compromising position with another girl. Thinking she can escape the drama, at least while she’s back home in L.A. for the summer, Suzette sets out to focus on making things right with her stepbrother Lionel, whose Bipolar II diagnosis probably would have continued to pass for ADHD had she not informed their parents of his depression the previous year. Now Suzette finds herself with male and female love interests, confused as to what this means and unsettled at just how undone she had left things with Iris back ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • City Moon by Rachael Cole (review)
    • Abstract: “After dinner, after tooth-brushing time, we put on pajamas” (fair enough) “then coats and shoes”—wait, what' That’s the start of an alluring nocturnal outing when the bedtime-ready boy and his mom head out into the urban night “to look for the moon.” Tall buildings and scudding clouds add sport to the now-you-see-it nowyou-don’t pursuit, but they manage nonetheless to catch glimpses of the glowing moon and some bonus stars before they turn back home for bed. The text is effectively understated, highly suitable for the quiet (well, comparatively quiet) magic of a nighttime jaunt, and there’s the pleasant feel of ritual to the proceedings that’s key to all good bedtime books. The digital illustrations have a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • No Good Deed by Kara Connolly (review)
    • Abstract: Olympic hopeful Ellie Hudson is in Nottingham for an archery tournament when she follows her curiosity down a cordoned-off tunnel in the catacombs under Nottingham Castle and emerges in twelfth-century England. There she quickly runs afoul of the Sheriff of Nottingham, escaping him with the help of Sir James Hathaway, a Knight Templar recently returned from the Crusades who’s laying low in Nottingham disguised as a friar while he tries to find out if things are really as bad as he’d heard (they are). Outraged at the Sheriff’s abuses and too impulsive to leave well enough alone, Ellie and James—whom she affectionately calls Friar Tuck—soon find themselves hiding out in Sherwood Forest with a familiar band of ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cyclone by Doreen Cronin (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve-year-old Nora has been dying to ride the old Cyclone rollercoaster at Coney Island with her cousin Riley, but tragedy strikes when Riley collapses after getting off the coaster. She’s had a stroke, a result of an undetected heart problem, and now Nora and her family are spending most of their time at the hospital following Riley’s slow and uncertain progress. Nora tries to be Riley’s staunch support, but she’s frightened of two things: Riley’s injured state, and the fact that Riley only rode the coaster because Nora blackmailed her into it. While the medical details (frequently footnoted with explanation) give the story an air of case study, Nora’s narration is real and heartfelt as she negotiates her ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas (review)
    • Abstract: Other kids get followed home by dogs or cats, but eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez gets followed home from a trip to NASA by a black hole, which she then names Larry (short for singularity). Having a pet black hole is pretty convenient when Stella wants to get rid of things like brussels sprouts at dinner and her little brother Cosmo’s annoying talking toy, and it’s good for getting rid of other things, too—reminders of her father that just hurt too much to look at since his death. Cuevas makes full use of the black hole as a metaphor for loss in deft prose that is by turns hilarious and poetic in this story set in the 1970s. When Stella and Cosmo journey into its infinite space to retrieve their new puppy ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler (review)
    • Abstract: In this Halloween-ready tale, the most ordinary motions cause little skeleton Bonaparte to shed body parts. The impact of a baseball severs his arm at the shoulder; pedaling a bicycle takes his leg off at the knee; his skull has been known to roll under the bed. Monster friends leave “no bone unturned” in their pursuit of a solution to their buddy’s dilemma, but unfortunately Frankenstein’s monster’s lab glue is so effective Bonaparte can’t move; Spider’s tight web pulls him to the ceiling; and when Mummy tries wrapping him up, Bonaparte can’t see. The problem is solved by adopting an amiable pooch, whose delight in games of fetch make him the perfect retriever for Bonaparte’s scattered parts. Snatching up ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Great Hibernation by Tara Dairman (review)
    • Abstract: Every year on Founders’ Day, every twelve-and-older citizen of the tiny Scandinavian town of St. Polonius-on-the-Fjord has to participate in the Tasting of the Sacred Bear Liver, lest they bring the wrath of the saints down on them. Twelve-year-old Jean Huddy doesn’t really believe in the wrath of the saints, but when every adult and teenager in town falls into a mysterious coma a few hours after the Tasting, she’s not sure if she’s responsible (she threw up her portion), or if something else entirely is going on. The mayor’s insufferable son Magnus takes charge, and while the other kids are having a blast without adult supervision, Jean is certain Magnus is up to something—especially when he gets the most ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • King of the Sky by Nicola Davies (review)
    • Abstract: Our young narrator is homesick, having moved to Britain from Rome and finding everything around him saying, “This is not where you belong.” He does like the pigeons in the loft near his house, who belong to former miner Mr. Evans, and as the boy learns about racing the birds he and the old man bond. The boy is particularly attached to a bird he names Re del Cielo (King of the Sky), and when Mr. Evans is too ill to prepare the pigeons for racing, it’s up to the boy to send Re del Cielo to Rome via train to see if he can race back over 1000 miles. Though there’s no note, this story seems to be inspired by the early twentieth-century racing pigeon the King of Rome, who found his way from Rome back to Britain in ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Right Where You Left Me by Calla Devlin (review)
    • Abstract: Charlotte has always had an uneasy relationship with her guarded Russian-born mother, making the family dynamic tricky whenever her easygoing journalist father heads off to cover the latest disaster. Now he’s been taken hostage in Ukraine, and a desperate Charlotte seeks to take action that will lead to his return, even as she negotiates the changing equilibrium between herself and her mother without him. While there’s a little too much going on here (Charlotte’s also waiting to hear about college acceptance, expanding her photographic talents, and embarking on a romance with a misunderstood rebel), the writing is fluent and stylish, and Charlotte’s engagement with Russian folklore adds depth to her view of ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Baabwaa & Wooliam by David Elliott (review)
    • Abstract: Roommates Wooliam and Baabwaa are set in their quiet ways. They enjoy their respective hobbies: reading and knitting, which are both rare for sheep. When Wooliam’s reading inspires him to suggest an adventure, the two take off in search of one and meet another sheep with a long, grizzled snout, disgusting teeth, and a dodgy wool coat. Wooliam recognizes this new critter as “that Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing I’ve read about,” and the intrigued wolf wants to know more. When Wooliam realizes that the wolf can’t read, he offers to teach him, and the three form an unlikely friendship. Reading lessons are occasionally broken up when the wolf can’t help chasing his new chums, but Baabwaa is philosophical about the ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya (review)
    • Abstract: Elya recasts the familiar the of “The Princess and the Pea” in lively rhyming text that incorporates several Spanish words and sets the tale against illustrations inspired by the woven and embroidered textiles of the indigenous peoples of Peru. The text is occasionally forced in the service of the rhyme, but overall the narrative flow is both logical and sonorous. It is Martinez-Neal’s graceful illustrations (rendered in acrylics, colored pencil, and graphite on textured paper) that really make this title a winner, though. Careful shading and blending of colors and edges, attractive patterning, and subtle spattering or stippling give the art a homey, warm appeal. The dark-haired, brown-skinned characters ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Forest World by Margarita Engle (review)
    • Abstract: Eleven-year-old Edver is sent away from Miami for the summer to be with the father in Cuba he has never known. It turns out there’s something else he doesn’t know: he has an older sister, Luza. The two siblings alternate narration in free-verse poetry as they warily circle each other, deal with Edver’s culture shock, and finally work together when a threat to Luza’s beloved forest appears. Engle’s accessible text shimmers with affection for rural life in Cuba, its wildlife, and people, and the book offers shrewd observations about the families spread between Cuba and Miami, separated by only a few miles and a huge cultural gulf. The plot is less successful, however, going from a long, slow setup to an ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote by
           Margarita Engle (review)
    • Abstract: What might a boy do as his father gambles away his pay and the family falls into disarray' Whether from the sixteenth century or the twenty-first, he might possibly escape into his imagination, envisioning a world in which dragons can be vanquished, and a brave knight could “ride out on/a strong horse/and right/all the wrongs/of this confusing/world.” In simple first-person free verse, legendary author Miguel Cervantes relates how he and his family weathered hardships brought on both by his father’s profligacy and the vagaries of life in mid-sixteenth century Spain (think book-burning, plague, debtor’s prison), while gradually turning his vague ideas of a brave knight into the more specific figure that would ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman (review)
    • Abstract: Author David M. Schwartz and illustrator Stephen Kellogg once had the market for huge numbers books cornered with their How Much Is a Million' (BCCB 7/85) and companion titles. Now Fishman tackles the topic with a free-wheeling litany of mind bogglers, from the titular 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, to Earth’s 7,500,000,000 human population, to its 10,000,000,000,000,000 ant population, to the 31,536,000 seconds it will take to turn a year older. The big numbers are expressed two ways wherever they appear—generally written in numerals in the main text and then set into a verbal expression near the bottom of the page. It’s a challenge to put comma-intensive numbers into words, and to assist in that ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence (review)
    • Abstract: In the first book in a new series, it’s New Year’s, Jasmine Toguchi’s favorite holiday, and her grandmother comes to visit from Japan to help make mochi, so they can ring in the New Year with good luck by eating the sticky rice dessert at midnight. The family rules say that you have to be ten to help with mochi-tsuki, though, and Jasmine still has two years to go; however, Jasmine decides to ask her dad to let her join him and her uncles to help pound the mochi rice into sticky dough, giving her an unexpected new role. Jasmine’s love for her family and their traditions shines through in her narration even as she complains about her sister and questions the sexism of the gendered division of labor for ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • When’s My Birthday' by Julie Fogliano (review)
    • Abstract: Fogliano’s playful poetry here treats that most anticipated of events in the little kid calendar: his or her birthday. The text starts with familiar questioning (“When’s my birthday'/Where’s my birthday'/How many days until my birthday'”) and moves through some wishing and planning (“I’d like some wishes on my birthday./I’d like some kisses on my birthday./I’d like some berries on my birthday/and tiny sandwiches with soup”). Then there’s the night-before tenterhooks (“In the morning it’s my birthday!/I’m not sleeping till my birthday”) and the final arrival of the magic day itself (“Wakey wakey/Cakey cakey”). Fogliano is the master of seemingly casual, unstructured poetry that reveals on closer examination a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • How to Survive as a Firefly by Kristen Foote (review)
    • Abstract: As a new class of firefly larvae emerge from the ground, a military instructor awaits at the Photinus Pyralis School to prepare them for the three stages of metamorphosis that lie ahead. True to type, the epaulette- and medal-bedizened instructor reeks of stern sarcasm (“Did you enjoy your month as an egg relaxing in the dirt'”) as he tries to impress upon his giddy pupils the need to master these details—and fast. It’s time for a quick snack, which will require hunting for your own food. Eat, eat, eat, because you’ll need to grow and molt several times over the next year if you want to make pupa. Then a mere ten days later you reach adulthood, where there’s no more eating—just the single-minded search for a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Whobert Whover, Owl Detective by Jason Gallaher (review)
    • Abstract: Whobert Whover, Owl Detective and nocturnal bird of prey, is in the dark on most matters. When he happens upon Perry the opossum lying too still for his taste, he sets off to nab the culprit that caused the fellow forester to expire. The problem is there is no crime to investigate: Perry is not dead but simply scared to death of the owl, who apparently doesn’t realize he’s a threat to the marsupial. Those who are familiar with the phrase “playing possum” will grasp the concept right away, and Whobert’s repetitive “who, who” will help younger audiences follow along. The bumbling owl detective takes his job of patrolling his neck of the woods seriously, but his cluelessness coupled with Perry’s melodramatics ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (review)
    • Abstract: The five Vanderbeeker children never imagined a future in which they did not live in their Harlem brownstone, but five days before Christmas they learn that their cantankerous landlord, Mr. Beiderman, will not be renewing their lease. Distraught at the thought of losing their home and the community of neighbors they love, the children set out to charm Mr. Beiderman with hopes of changing his mind. Because they have never met, or even seen, the mysterious landlord who lives on the third floor, what ensues is a series of well-intentioned yet disastrous shenanigans that get the children nowhere; that is, until they begin to learn about Mr. Beiderman’s past and the tragic reason behind his aversion to them and ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser (review)
    • Abstract: Glaser (author of Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls, BCCB 3/14) returns for a second visit to Chelm, the village of fools from Jewish folklore; now it’s the first night of Hanukkah and Faigel can’t remember her latke recipe. She knows she uses potatoes, but how many' Her husband Shmuel runs to ask the rabbi for help, and the rabbi—whose stomach is growling—advises Faigel to use all the potatoes; after all, “On Hanukkah, that’s what potatoes are for.” The same goes for eggs and onions, and before long Faigel and Shmuel have more latkes than they can possibly eat. Luckily, the rabbi once again has wisdom to share: “There’s no such thing as too many latkes,” he intones. “Just not enough mouths.” Warmly illustrated ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright by K. L. Going,
           and: The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by
           Jeanette Winter (review)
    • Abstract: Call it serendipity: the autumn publication cycle brings us back-to-back releases of picture-book biographies of visionary architects, whose childhood experiences drew them to look to the natural world for design inspiration but whose projects could hardly offer sharper contrast. In Going’s title, young Frank Lloyd Wright is encouraged by his mother to investigate shapes, and as he fingers the smooth wood of his building blocks, he comes to understand how shapes fit within shapes and, later, how that arrangement works in nature. When he became an architect, this perspective manifested in the angular cantilevers of domestic architecture nestling in wooded settings, in “towers as tall and thick as trees,” in ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Home in the Rain by Bob Graham (review)
    • Abstract: After a visit with Grandma, Francie and her mother head home, driving through the pelting rain. In classic Bob Graham fashion, though, what’s important here isn’t just the underlying story of a family waiting for a new baby and Dad’s home-coming but the moments themselves, moments of listening to the sound of the wipers from inside a steamy car, of lying in Mom’s lap during a quiet in-car picnic, of playing in the rainbow puddles at the gas station. Graham’s cozy lyricism runs from unforced repetition to evocative turns of phrase (“And not looking where it was going, the countryside ran straight into the edge of the highway, bringing with it the faint smell of farmyards”). The line and watercolor art has ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wee Sister Strange by Holly Grant (review)
    • Abstract: According to this poetic picture book, a ramshackle cottage deep in the woods houses a legendary little girl known only as Wee Sister Strange. The shadows lengthen into evening, and Wee Sister Strange climbs from her window and ventures into the blue-black forest. Under bare trees with only a few golden leaves clinging to them, she hoots and moans with the owls, tames a wild bear, climbs the highest tree and dives into the bog, until she finally finds what she’s looking for: light coming from a bedroom window. Inside, a little girl and her mother are reading this very book (“And there’s you in your bed/With this book ’neath your nose!”); Wee Sister Strange curls up under the window and falls asleep listening ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin (review)
    • Abstract: For a born-outside-of-time love child of an illicit union between a time traveler and a Roman gladiator, Farway Gaius McCarthy thinks his prospects for a career aboard a time machine are looking good—until, that is, someone hacks his final simulation exam at the Academy and leaves him disgraced and dismissed. A shady art plunderer is in need of a time machine captain, though, so Far not only gets his dream job but also the chance to put together his own tiny crew and name his new ship Invictus. So now he’s happily cruising through history in the company of a dear cousin, a best friend, and a lover, grabbing up treasures moments before their historical destruction and taking a cut of the profits. There’s one ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Real Us by Tommy Greenwald (review)
    • Abstract: Calista is the popular pretty princess; Laura is her overweight former best friend; Damian is the semi-new kid whose jacket-wearing habit hides a hyperhidrosis problem that leaves him soaked with sweat for most of the day. The start of middle school brings surprises for all three of them, starting with Calista’s first experiences with imperfection: she gets a nasty pimple, the makeup she uses to conceal it makes her break out in hives, and then an accidental smack on the nose (from Damian) makes her face swell up, all this just before the big First Week Dance. What sounds like the setup for a tale about the comeuppance of the shallow is actually a smart and age-appropriate exploration of interpersonal ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke (review)
    • Abstract: This graphic novel sequel picks up right where Mighty Jack (BCCB 9/16) left off, with Jack and his friend Lilly chasing Jack’s sister, Maddy, as she’s carried off to another world by the monster created in Jack’s magical garden. Jack and Lilly become separated, and Jack soon finds himself climbing up a castle wall to slay giants and prevent them from using Maddy as some sort of world-destroying weapon. Meanwhile, Lilly is fighting off the goblin king’s attempt to marry her, utilizing both her cleverness and mad fighting skills (thank you, LARPing), and she eventually takes up the (now dead) goblin king’s mantle, rallying a force of the little green dudes to come to Jack’s rescue. This has more speed and ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Slider by Pete Hautman (review)
    • Abstract: Middle child David Alan Miller, a rising freshman in Vacaville, Iowa, has found a way to distinguish himself between his two oxygen-sucking siblings, his perfect, college-age sister, Bridgette, and his autistic younger brother, Mal: David eats. You’d never know it to look at him, but he has that bottomless adolescent-guy stomach that seemingly cannot be filled, and he has turned this trait into a competitive skill. After getting swindled out of $2000 that he sort-of-accidentally put on Mom’s credit card (for an auctioned half-a-hotdog from a professional competitive eater), he needs to raise some cash before the bill comes. His big chance at covering his tracks arrives in the form of the Super Pigorino Bowl ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes (review)
    • Abstract: This imagistic picture book takes the audience into “the middle of fall, when the leaves have already turned/and the sky is mostly gray and the air is chilly/and the squirrels are frisky.” Further autumnal details unspool, until a brisk wind sends the leaves flying and “everything is yellow and red and orange.” Soon, though, the book reminds viewers, “the yellow and red and orange will be gone” and the leaves blowing around will be replaced by snow. Henkes’ gentle but vivid text has a cozy rhythm that makes this a lulling and evocative readaloud, with a vision of fall as clear and crisp as the season itself; the breezy cadence and simple structure might also lend this to use by beginning readers. Dronzek’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill (review)
    • Abstract: At the age of twelve, Rose is an accomplished cellist and university-level math whiz, and she has her dreams set high on becoming a Bach specialist under the tutelage of the famous maestro Harris Waldenstein. After an accident damages the nerves in her dominant hand, however, Rose is forced to look beyond her concrete and measured goals and dig into life outside of music. That digging is quite literal: with the help of her twin brother Thomas and their quirky old neighbor Mr. Pickering, Rose spends the summer growing a giant award-winning pumpkin, only to find that the true prize wasn’t about the pumpkin at all—it was in learning to fail. This book is an easygoing title, highlighting the stress that goals of ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ethan Marcus Stands Up by Michele Weber Hurwitz (review)
    • Abstract: When Ethan stands up next to his desk instead of sitting down during a long and boring class, the seventh-grader is just feeling weary and restless. Soon, however, his actions take on momentum: he’s given Reflection (the school’s answer to detention), he’s encouraged by the science teacher to take action, and he and his best friend sign up for the science fair with a plan to make a “desk-evator” that allows students to sit or stand at will. Since that’s an unusual move for average, go-along-to-get-along Ethan, it throws off the dynamic between him and his overthinking, overachieving sister, Erin, who’s also preparing for the science fair, and ends up affecting several other kids in his orbit. As she did in ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes (review)
    • Abstract: Beatrice has always been quirky, celebrated for it at school and tolerated for it at home, and she’s found a great pal in similarly kooky Lenny. Unfortunately, the start of third grade ushers in a new era, with a no-nonsense teacher who’s got no time for Beatrice’s antics and a made-over Lenny, whose summer away has turned her into a girl who prefers sparkly sweaters over ninja outfits and who’s trading in Beatrice’s mischief for new girl Chloe’s cool ways. Books about friendships falling prey to temptations of popularity are a dime a dozen, but Beatrice’s sweet silliness and unflappable confidence refreshes the standard plotline. Beatrice is a girl of action, so there’s little angst here, just planned ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (review)
    • Abstract: When the conqueror Sikander the Great sets his sights on the idyllic kingdom of Shalingar, sixteen-year-old Princess Amrita’s world is shattered; her father was murdered in front of her, her kingdom overthrown, and her best friend and lover Arjun held hostage and forced to govern as Sikander’s satrap. Amrita flees with Thala, a young seer Sikander had held as a slave, who tells Amrita she can get her father and her kingdom back if they can find the mysterious Library of All Things, where each person’s life is recorded in a magical book. Find her father’s book, Thala claims, and Amrita can alter the past—as Thala seeks to alter her own, undoing her life of slavery. Narrated in Amrita’s clear, introspective ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn (review)
    • Abstract: Ben Gibson was only six when he made the executive decision to shoot dead his mother’s holier-than-thou abuser, only for his mom to then attempt to murder him by driving their family car off a ledge. Ten years later, Ben finds comfort in his relationship with Rose, although he knows it’s only a matter of time before she leaves him, with graduation on the horizon. Then what was supposed to be a simple school-sponsored four-day hike in the mountains turns into a largely alcohol-induced power struggle and eventual bloodbath, and there’s not much comfort anywhere—especially not in the jail cell from where Ben’s narrating. This is a sophisticated horror story that makes familiar tropes of sexy encounters and ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (review)
    • Abstract: After living in their predominantly Mormon town in Utah for three years, Tanner Scott’s parents, who are beyond accepting of Tanner’s bisexuality, caution him—purely out of a desire to protect him—about openly being his authentic self. When high school senior Tanner enrolls in an honors seminar requiring students to write a book in one semester, he has little idea of the story he will tell, but when he lays eyes on the teaching assistant, Sebastian Brother—who happens to be Mormon—a forbidden but passionate chemistry builds that ultimately results in a love story, one Sebastian’s family might not be able to accept. This sensitive and complex story is as much about finding love as it is about finding and ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Under the Bottle Bridge by Jessica Lawson (review)
    • Abstract: Twelve-year-old Minna Treat’s present is firmly rooted in her town’s past. Her family’s woodworking business is a staple in her hometown of Gilbreth, which was settled in part by her ancestors in the 1700s. It’s Minna’s personal past that is causing her angst, however, as she reads through the recently discovered preteen diary of her mother (deceased when Minna was a baby) and struggles to come up with a junior artisan project that is worthy of her woodworking heritage (and that will make her loving but hovering uncle—her guardian—proud). Even more pressing, though, are the mysterious messages in bottles that Minna keeps finding under a bridge built by her ancestors: could they be from or about her unknown ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan (review)
    • Abstract: Despite her mother’s insistence that she loves her life on their Nebraska farm, fourth-grader Sylvie believes that she and her brother are the only reasons their mom hasn’t returned to her former career as a famous opera singer. Living in their small town can’t possibly be as exciting as traveling the globe, and chickens and goats are not particularly great audiences. Then a gig with the local paper writing about town events has Sylvie looking at her town differently, and she realizes that while excitement has its place, so do familiar faces and the comforts of home. This is a standardly whimsical look at small town life, with unsurprisingly kind and quirky characters, but it’s also a recognition that people ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin (review)
    • Abstract: Chicagoans may claim Mississippi-born blues guitar artist McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a. Muddy Waters, as their own, but the fact that he arrived in the Windy City as part of the Great Migration and his influence on a range of international musicians means he defies parochialism. This picture-book biography follows Muddy from his Delta childhood under the care of a churchgoing, blues-skeptic grandmother to his first recording success on the Aristocrat label. Mahin introduces a young audience to a man whose desire for commercial recognition (and the artistic compromises that might entail) conflicted with his personal need to play music on his own terms, infusing it with “the dust, and the plow, and the meanness ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Philomena’s New Glasses by Brenna Maloney (review)
    • Abstract: When Philomena the guinea pig gets new glasses, her sister Audrey rushes out immediately for a pair of her own, even though she doesn’t need them. She’ll just wear them on top of her head, she says. Worried about being left out, their sister Nora Jane gets a pair, too. Audrey follows Philomena’s lead when she gets a handbag to keep her glasses in, and then a dress to complete the outfit, while Nora Jane trails reluctantly behind (she has nothing to put in a handbag, and the dress is itchy). The text mostly exists to string together Kennedy’s photographs of the real guinea pigs in their glasses, dresses, and purses; the critters are adorable, but austere back-groundless images could give more context to the ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari (review)
    • Abstract: Emily is going into sixth grade, and she has three big problems: she’s angry about her parents’ divorce and her father’s remarriage; she’s worried about her older sister, Mina, who’s coming home after being in rehab for an eating disorder; she’s afraid her best friend, Hazel, is leaving her behind for new friends and teenager-type tastes. Emily’s narration effectively balances these strands, and she’s especially sympathetic in her understanding that Mina’s problem is much bigger than hers even as she yearns for her own distress to be recognized and assuaged. That adds a thoughtful and original facet to the familiar friend-drift story, and since many readers will be familiar with the simultaneous anxiety of ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by
           Patricia McCormick (review)
    • Abstract: During the Korean War, American Marines in Korea want a mule to carry their heavy new cannon, the “reckless” rifle. When all they can find is a scrawny little chestnut mare, they decide to try her out and name her after the gun; as one man trains her up for battle, she endears herself to the unit (“Reckless was one of the guys”). She turns out to be a stalwart in action, most notably at the Battle of Outpost Vegas, where her work earns her the battlefield rank of corporal (a post-war promotion made her a sergeant). Author and journalist McCormick tells this true story in swift and readable prose, with some amusing detail about Reckless’ prodigious appetite adding character. The backstory and timeline are a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Confessions from the Principal’s Kid by Robin Mellom (review)
    • Abstract: Having Mom as a teacher in her school was perfectly okay with Allie West. Having Mom as the principal . . . well, not so much. Classmates now mistrust Allie as a potential snitch—and with some justification, after she blew the whistle on her best friend, Chloe, in an incident involving banned trading cards. With no real social life, fifth-grader Allie hangs around before school with the maintenance and kitchen ladies, whom she genuinely likes, and after school with three other “Afters,” staff kids stuck in the building until their parents are ready to leave. Allie would like to regard fellow After Graham as a true friend, but he’s considered a nerdy outlier. What she really wants is reconciliation with ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Princess Kitty by Steve Metzger (review)
    • Abstract: Like any self-respecting house cat, Princess Kitty knows that her human caretakers—sorry, her attendants—worship her and live to lavish her with attention (even if the baby needs a few lessons on proper petting technique). That’s why she’s a bit put out when the guests at what she considers her surprise party seem more interested in the little girl who’s turning six than in the magnificent royal feline in their midst and don’t invite her to join in with the activities. Okstad’s candy-colored illustrations tell the story of a child’s birthday party, but Princess Kitty’s interpretation of events offers an ironic counterpoint that will have readaloud audiences giggling as they follow along. Invitingly ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore (review)
    • Abstract: The local gangs near 127th Street in New York City are eager to get twelve-year-old Lolly and his best friend Vega to join up with them, and they offer status and protection in the hood. In trying to steer clear of the groups’ trouble, Lolly’s got no time to grieve over his big brother Jermaine, who died after getting caught up in the exact mess Lolly is trying to avoid. While all the adults in his life want him to talk about what happened, creating fantastical and vast Lego worlds in the storage room at the rec center with Big Rose, a quiet girl, eases Lolly’s mind and helps him to imagine just the life he wants to build for himself. In this story of coping, Moore superbly creates in Lolly a character who ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Mama Lion Wins the Race by Jon J. Muth (review)
    • Abstract: In a cross-country auto race, friends Mama Lion and Tigey face some tough competition, including the Flying Pandinis (two pandas and, inexplicably, a turtle) in their silver coupe, the Knitted Monkeys in their blue roadster, and Bun Bun on her motorcycle. Mama Lion and Tigey easily take the lead in their red Italian-style racer but when they swerve to avoid a butterfly, they lose a wheel. Luckily, the Pandinis kindly stop to lend a paw, and both teams are quickly back on the road. When it looks like Mama Lion and Tigey will win, Mama Lion, knowing that second prize is a lovely cup (perfect for replacing Tigey’s battered cup at home) and wanting to show her appreciation to the Pandinis, gently implies that ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian (review)
    • Abstract: Daria is pushing back against the expectations of her Iranian-American family, especially her luxury-loving mother, who’s planning a lavish Sweet Sixteen party for Daria; she’d rather hang out with her anti-popular friends who dub themselves “the Authentics.” Daria’s family relationships become more complicated when she secretly takes a DNA test that pegs her as half-Mexican; a little sleuthing reveals her Mexican-American birth mother’s name and current location. Daria unexpectedly strikes up a friendship-cum-romance with her mother’s stepson, Rico, while deciding how to break the news of her discovery to both her birth mother (who just thinks she’s Rico’s new girlfriend) and her parents. This is largely an ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Release by Patrick Ness (review)
    • Abstract: Adam Thorn suspects his parents know he’s gay, but his father is an evangelical minister, so Adam figures it’s better to keep up the heterosexual pretense than get sent to a pray-the-gay-away camp. Today he’s facing the going-away party for Enzo, the ex-boyfriend who broke his heart, and after having tender, erotically described sex with his new boyfriend, he is emboldened to be honest with his dad and he realizes he needs to let Enzo go. He has also, unbeknownst to him, roused a queenly spirit who has been taken over by the form of a recently murdered girl, and if she and the Queen cannot become disentangled by nightfall, the world may end. The thematic threads that connect these supposedly parallel plots ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman (review)
    • Abstract: Frankie and Walter, best friends since preschool, are obsessed with Ikea. Lately, Walter has lost his sparkle, so Frankie hatches a plan to help her friend: the two bookish, nerdy kids are going to make like the characters in From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and spend the night in their favorite venue. After convincing their parents to visit the store, they deploy the ruse of a sleepover switch, hide out as the store closes and the last employee leaves, and then it’s game on for a night of serious fun, mild property damage, and some emotional healing, or at least the start of healing, for a boy who has lost his father and feels helpless in the face of his mother’s grief. Frankie is an ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez (review)
    • Abstract: Sure, Malú is half-Mexican and half-white, but with her “sloppy” Spanish, aversion to cilantro, and love of American punk culture, she often doesn’t feel very Mexican—that is, until her life in Baltimore is uprooted and quickly replanted in the rich cultural soil of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Here everything is infused with a Mexican-American twist: the local coffee shop, the (still disgusting) middle-school lunchroom selections, and even her beloved punk rock. When Malú decides to enter an impromptu band of punk misfits into the school talent show and they’re turned down, she takes matters into her own hands remembering the first rule of punk: be yourself. A familiar story of preteen angst and rebellion ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (review)
    • Abstract: In this well-constructed domestic novel, Perkins offers a fictional long view of an immigration experience, as Hindu Bengali migrants Ranee and Rajeev Das bring their daughters, Tara and Sonia, to America in 1973 after several years of temporary settlement in Africa and Europe. They are not politically or religiously persecuted, they are not destitute, they are well educated and speak impeccable, if accented, English—and yet their first years are a struggle with adjustment. The girls are perfectly comfortable in their apartment in Flushing, but Ranee considers it a bad neighborhood and is concerned that most of her daughters’ friends are black. Better schools and a house in what she sees as a more bucolic ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Different Pond by Bao Perkins (review)
    • Abstract: Well before the sun comes up, Dad wakes our young narrator to hit the road for a fishing trip. They make a stop at the bait shop and then head out of the city to the shore of a pond, where the boy will cringe at baiting a hook, Dad will tell him some childhood stories, they’ll nod to the regulars who show up, and then head home with some crappie. The outing is not just time for recreation: Dad and Mom are refugees from war in their Vietnam homeland, and fishing is a way to help make ends meet when the parents’ jobs fall short. It’s also a chance for Dad to tell the family history—the death of an uncle, stories of war—and for the boy to learn skills in which he takes pride as he helps support his family in a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Who Killed Darius Drake' by Rodman Philbrick (review)
    • Abstract: A candy bar is the going rate for Arthur Bash’s protection, so when Darius Drake offers up not one but three Snickers for Bash’s bodyguard services, the middle-grade big man is happy to oblige, thinking all he’ll have to do is keep bullies away from the nerdy, red-headed Darius. Unfortunately, Darius doesn’t mention that the extra payments mean extra danger, and soon Arthur is acting as Darius’ protector from actual bad guys with actual guns looking for the very same treasure Darius is trying to track down, a piece of jewelry linked to his town’s history and his parents’ death. The Conan Doyle echoes are clear, with Darius the incredibly intelligent but emotionally clueless Sherlock figure, while Arthur’s a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • 42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by
           Doreen Rappaport (review)
    • Abstract: Prospective readers drawn by the prominent number 42 on the book’s cover will undoubtedly know at least the outline to the story of Jackie Robinson and his career as the first black baseball player to make it out of the farm team system into the majors. Rappaport condenses Robinson’s bio from his early years in his financially struggling family, through stints in community college, the military, and UCLA, and forward to his recruitment onto the Montreal Royals and, ultimately, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Short chapters revolve around well-defined episodes, and the scope of the entire work extends only through Robinson’s 1947 season, with a coda that skips ahead to the posthumous retirement of number 42 in 1997. ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker
           (review)
    • Abstract: Long story short, Burton wrote stories of steam engine and choo choo and snow plow because that’s what her own sons liked, and other children have been enjoying them ever since. In this picture-book biography, Rinker introduces “Jinnee” Burton as an ebullient mom who could whip up a drawing on command and spin a good tale to go with it, and since sons Michael and Aris were fascinated with Big Machines, Jinnee followed their lead, observing and studying until she mastered their favorite vehicles. Rinker’s narrative is straightforward and at times a tad precious, but Rocco’s illustrations steal the show. Anyone even passingly familiar with the Burton canon will appreciate Rocco’s close emulation of Burton’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike by Cynthia Rylant (review)
    • Abstract: These five goldfish think “the fish tank is like HEAVEN.” They were best friends at the fish store, and now they’re best friends at their new home. (They ignore the snail that lives with them.) They swim, gulp, and explore new toys—until one day Lenny gets stuck in the new fairy castle. The angelfish can’t save him with her prayers, and the clownfish’s jokes don’t help, either. It’s the shunned snail to the rescue—he pulls Lenny right out of the window he’s gotten stuck in. Glitzy digital art brings the fish tank world to life in full-bleed illustrations that exceed the limits of the fish tank itself on pages bordered with scribbly blue water, while other illustrations zoom out to show a little girl cleaning ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant (review)
    • Abstract: Herbert, a cautious young pig, “was not sure about Halloween.” It takes a bit of convincing on the part of Herbert’s eager, Halloween-loving dad, but Herbert finally decides that this Halloween thing might be worth doing, once he knows that it doesn’t have to be spooky, he can dress as a tiger (and roar!), and there’s lots of candy involved. As Herbert’s dad sews an awesome tiger outfit for him and carves a smiling, non-scary pumpkin, Herbert practices his roar, and on the big night he is ready. He collects his candy, roars many “tiger thank-yous,” and happily contemplates next year’s costume. Not every little one finds Halloween fun at first, and Rylant treats that attitude with respect in this calm ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat (review)
    • Abstract: Humpty Dumpty was, by his own account, put back together again at the Kings County Hospital following his dramatic tumble off a high wall, where he regularly went to birdwatch. Mending the body (um, shell) does not necessarily mend the soul, and now fear of heights means the traumatized egg cannot pursue his favorite activities—reaching for the good cereals on the top shelves, sleeping in his loft bed, and, mainly, communing with the birds. His mastery of the art of folding paper planes provides only some of that missing joy, but when a particularly beautiful glider heads over the wall, HD musters the courage to climb back up the ladder. There atop the wall, arms raised in victory, HD revels in his freedom ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (review)
    • Abstract: In this otherwise normal New York, people who are going to die in the next twenty-four hours get a call with a special ringtone, letting them know that a representative from Death-Cast is on the line. The call recipients, known as Deckers, have the ability to sign on to an app called Last Friend, and that’s how timid Mateo and reckless Rufus, both Deckers, find each other. After some character development, the unlikely duo spend the rest of their day with Mateo trying to avoid potentially dangerous situations while insisting he wants to take risks, and Rufus bent on gently breaking Mateo out of his shell. Alternating narration between the two contrasts Mateo’s reflective standard English with Rufus’s ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy (review)
    • Abstract: Izzy, Graham, Viv, and Harry are a team of outcasts, too smart and too weird for their classmates but perfectly suited to one another. Fearing that they’ll drift apart post high school, Izzy leads them to form a secret society called IV that performs pranks that will make memories and seal them together with the power of secrets. IV’s pranks hit a nerve of rebellion and restlessness among their peers, and soon others were use the tag for their own minor crimes, while the popular kids made a bid for membership. Dizzy with power, the four open their ranks, with ultimately disastrous results. Despite the various compelling plot points that keep the pages turning, this is largely a character-driven story that ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith (review)
    • Abstract: Bun O’Keefe is only fourteen (looking twelve) in 1986 when she’s kicked out of the house by her abusive hoarder mother. She meets up with a kind young man singing for change, whom she calls Busker Boy, and who takes her home to live with his housemates; they’re a motley crew with their own familial and new adulthood challenges, and they immediately take Bun under their wing, giving the deprived girl the care and attention she desperately needs. However, even this cozy present contains dangers and tragedies, and it’s not clear what Bun’s future can be. Bun’s narration is effective as a girl who is neurodivergent probably from birth and certainly from sustained deprivation; her limited take and her struggles ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pattan’s Pumpkin: A Traditional Flood Story from Southern India by
           Chitra Soundar (review)
    • Abstract: After Pattan and his wife, Kanni, find an ailing flower and decide to plant it in front of their hut, they’re startled when it yields an ever-growing pumpkin so large it seems it might one day be as tall as a mountain. When torrential rains begin falling without an end in sight, Pattan realizes the giant pumpkin just might save their lives. With Kanni, he gathers all the animals, bugs, plants, saplings, and seeds—no one and nothing can be left behind—and together they float to safety in the belly of the hollowed-out pumpkin. Based on a traditional South Indian tale told by the Irula people, this rendition includes engaging text with emphasis and emotion conveyed through accented and stylized fonts and richly ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wicked Bugs: The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth by Amy Stewart
           (review)
    • Abstract: Where do connoisseurs of entomological villainy go when they age out of “Ew!”-invoking picture books but aren’t quite ready for Stewart’s adult offering Wicked Bugs' Right here, to her young readers edition, where the organization is tidy and intuitive, the scope is impressive, the entry length is ideal, and the content is itchingly disturbing. Six sections (Deadly Creatures, Everyday Dangers, Unwelcome Invaders, Destructive Pests, Serious Pains, and Terrible Threats) organize a host of subchapters, allowing browsers to fast forward according to their own tolerance—from the merely annoying, such as head lice, to the truly diabolical, such as the Guinea worm. Most entries include an anecdote concerning a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (review)
    • Abstract: The Storia family has a special gift: they perform miracles for pilgrims. The gift has evolved into something of a curse over the years, however, as it comes in two parts. The first miracle makes manifest whatever darkness that haunts the pilgrim, but to dispel the darkness, the second miracle must be performed by the pilgrim alone, without the aid of the Storias. As a result, pilgrims who can’t manage their second miracle linger on their property: a lecherous priest with the head of a coyote, a moss-covered man who can’t escape his malaise, a woman who can only repeat what is said to her, among others. Three teen Storias are determined to break this curse, believing that there must be a way to help the ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Disappeared by Francisco X Stork (review)
    • Abstract: Sara Zapata supports her family as a journalist for Mexico’s El Sol newspaper and, fueled by her desire to find her best friend Linda who was abducted four months before, uses her position to highlight the plight of young women affected by violence in Juárez; when she receives disturbing death threats from an unknown entity, she becomes the one with a target on her back. At the same time, her brother, Emil-iano, who after dabbling in petty crime has devoted his life to supporting urban youth, ends up being recruited by people associated with the local drug cartels. The siblings soon find themselves in a race against the clock to save their own lives and the lives of those whose fates are intimately connected ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (review)
    • Abstract: Fifteen-year-old Emma adores her older sister, Henri, but when their father leaves, Henri’s behavior goes off the rails, and she finds comfort with any boy who will give her attention. A jealous Emma tricks herself into falling for a boy who is clearly in love with Henri, thinking that being with him would be a way to keep Henri close. A hinted-at tragedy has wrecked the sisters’ relationship, though, and when the boat they and their boyfriends are on explodes and lands them on a desert island, tensions run high. For seventy-three days, the girls and the one surviving boy, Alex, face the task of survival, but also, for Emma, the task of disentangling herself from a dysfunctional emotional dependence on her ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries by Mark Teague (review)
    • Abstract: When Jack trades his cow for magic beans, the entire town benefits as, to their surprise, the beans yield the tallest and most fruitful beanstalk they have ever seen. The townspeople become creative with how to use the endless flow of free beans, but they all grow tired of the legume to the point that Jack decides the only solution is to cut down the beanstalk; however, before doing so, he climbs the stalk and encounters a grumpy giant who is just as sick of beans as Jack. What ensues is an almost perilous encounter between Jack and the giant who in the end team up to devise a mouthwatering plan for a garden that will afford them a break from beans and that might make Jack’s dream of French fries a reality. ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan
           Tonatiuh (review)
    • Abstract: Amalia Hernández was expected to grow up to become a schoolteacher, but instead she became fascinated with the world of dance. Initially she studied classical ballet, but when modern dance spread to Mexico she became inspired; she expanded her remit again to study traditional dances across Mexico and incorporate them into her new choreography. Her attention to stagecraft as well as choreography made her company a natural for the young medium of television in the 1950s, where it was a huge success, and El Ballet Folklórico de México soon became an international phenomenon. The book does an excellent job of chronicling Hernández’s work as cultural explorer and celebrator of both pre-Columbian past and Mexican ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Apples for Little Fox by Ekaterina Trukhan (review)
    • Abstract: Mystery-loving Fox longs to be a detective, but with no real mysteries to solve, he spends his days reading and eating the apples he has gathered from under a tree on his way home from the library. One night as he lies wishing for a mystery, masked bandits steal all of the apples from the biggest tree, and the game is afoot! Ignoring his friends, whom sharp-eyed viewers (and even not-so-sharp-eyed viewers, frankly) will recognize as the thieves, Fox pursues his investigation with camera, magnifying glass, and a witness interview until he finds his first real clue: the smell of the apple pie his friends have baked for him. There is nothing edgy about this cheerful tale of an ambition happily realized, and the ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood (review)
    • Abstract: Cat is back, and he’s not pleased to learn that he must forgo his nap to act as substitute teacher at Kitty School. After attempting to pawn the task off on Dog, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy—nods to prior titles Here Comes Valentine Cat (BCCB 2/16), Here Comes Santa Cat (BCCB 12/14), Here Comes the Easter Cat (BCCB 1/14), and Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat (BCCB 9/15)—Cat reluctantly accepts his assignment. Fortunately, with a little encouragement, Cat quickly finds his rhythm in the classroom and takes the familiar activities of music, building blocks, and art to the next level by rocking out with a full kitty band, building a fountain that spouts fish, and making an enormous mess ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M Valente (review)
    • Abstract: The wildly imaginative Brontë siblings might have invented Glass Town, an imaginary land of romance, intrigue, and splendid battles, but they have met their creative match as Valente brings it to vibrant fictional life in this novel. On the day that Charlotte and Emily are slated to go to the school where their elder sisters died, the four sibs—Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and brother Branwell—are instead whisked away to Glass Town. They are immediately embroiled in a battle where they realize that all of their choicest metaphoric language has been literalized: for instance, the French soldiers are frogs while the English are decked out in lime peel uniforms, and Boney himself (Napoleon) is a skeleton with rifles ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen (review)
    • Abstract: Wren Clemmens is off the rails, and the only thing her parents can think to do is pack her off, with no prior warning, to a Utah camp that specializes in rehabbing kids with behavioral disorders through strenuous physical outdoor activity, promotion of independent survival skills, and counseling. Wren goes off kicking and screaming, but the program actually works for her. There’s something about facing another morning of uncooked dried food, field-treated water, and soggy sleeping bags that makes a kid eventually listen to instruction on how to find fresh water, put up a rainproof tent, and build a cook fire. Each fresh skill enhances Wren’s self-esteem and confidence, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge by Susan Vaught
           (review)
    • Abstract: Maxine (Max) has lived most of her twelve years with her grandfather, the police chief in Blue Creek, Tennessee, in a house adjacent to Thornwood Manor, a seriously creepy mansion whose cruel and miserly erstwhile owner laid a curse on his heirs and his community that has lingered over a century. Now, a hacker with the signature Thornwood Owl is creating social media accounts, slandering the chief and the mayor and blaming them for a sudden escalation in small crimes in the town. Max, who already struggles with anger issues, is having none of this, and she’s also not letting her wheelchair prevent her from solving the mystery, even if it means risking her life investigating the crumbling mansion. There are a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick (review)
    • Abstract: Our narrator is on the verge of starting second grade, and it sounds bad; he’ll be in a different class than his best friend, Tyler, and he’s intimidated by all the things he hears about his new teacher’s curriculum (“Every student has to be able to speak Russian perfectly before Thanksgiving!”). His plan is to go back to his old class and be the “smartest-ever-first-grader,” but eventually he and Tyler realize that their sources (Tyler’s older sister and her friend) are winding them up and that they’re ready for second grade after all. Vernick gives a deft twist of humor to real anxieties about competence, growth, and change, and the sibling dynamic is both authentic and funny. Cordell’s line and watercolor ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel (review)
    • Abstract: When twelve-year-old Caleb goes for a walk in the woods to escape his mother’s concerns about his cystic fibrosis, he finds Kit, a cheerful, mischievous girl who knows nothing about his condition and finds him excellent company. Caleb then begins to bail regularly on summer camp to meet up with Kit in the forest and act out Kit’s stories of fairies and magic. Kit’s fictions aren’t just about fairies, though, but also why her mother is never home, where the bruise on her face came from, and where she sleeps at night. When the reality of Caleb’s illness comes crashing through their imaginary world, so does the truth about Kit’s life. This is a compelling story of two struggling kids making their own safe haven ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace (review)
    • Abstract: Eight years ago, Sorrow Lovegood’s sister died in a tragic accident and Sorrow was swept off to her estranged father’s home in Miami, leaving behind her unstable mother and the family orchard. At sixteen now, she returns to her old home, hoping to clear the haze around her childhood memories, especially in regards to her sister’s death. Her mother is now surprisingly well with the help of medication, but the Lovegood family is still ostracized by the town and still very much continuing their generations-old feud with the Abramses on the adjoining property; the more time Sorrow spends in town, though, the more certain she is that the two Abrams girls, agemates of Sorrow and Patience, know something about ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Absolutely Alfie and the Furry Purry Secret by Sally Warner (review)
    • Abstract: In the few weeks leading to the start of second grade, Alfie (short for Alfleta) Jakes’ mom opts for a more structured playtime by co-creating a two-girl daycare club to avoid the end-of-summer slump otherwise known as “the vacuum.” When Alfie discovers that her playmate, bossy but well-meaning Hanni, is giving away free kittens, the intended carefree days of fun arts and crafts projects transform into the top secret “Operation Kittycat” as Alfie is determined to dodge her parents’ no pets rule and sneak a kitten into her room. Charismatic Alfie originally appears in Warner’s EllRay Jakes series (EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken, BCCB 7/11) as the star’s little sister, and she is every bit as charming as a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge (review)
    • Abstract: Starting sixth grade is hard enough, but starting it with seventeen dark hairs sprouting on your upper lip and a new girl bent on sabotaging your relationship with your best friend makes it even harder. Karma’s half-Sikh, half-Methodist family has been through a lot of changes in the past year. Her beloved and supportive dadima (grandmother) has died, her father has lost his job, and her mother has become a dean, which means she’s at work more than at home. With Karma’s best friend, Sara, courting popularity, and the loud boys in her class calling her “’Stache Attack,” Karma feels abandoned. She’s resilient, though, so she musters her courage to take her problems into her own hands, with results that vary ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson (review)
    • Abstract: Three years ago, Beth Walsh’s life changed when her little brother rode away on his bike and never came back. Now Sam has been found and his abductor captured, and her life is changing again. Narration shifts between Beth and Sam’s old friend Josh to chronicle Sam’s complicated return as a post-adolescent fourteen-year-old to the family and friends he last knew at eleven—and their adjustment to the difference. It’s hard to compete with Matthieu’s Afterward (BCCB 9/16) for a compelling treatment of a returned abductee, and Wilson’s story is a more expected movie-of-the-week style chronicle. It’s a readable saga, though, and it gains additional emotional complexity from the fact that the few good relationships ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • What George Forgot by Kathy Wolff (review)
    • Abstract: George has his morning routine perfectly memorized but just as he is about to step outside, he gets the nagging feeling that he has forgotten something important. But what' (Storytime spectators may note George’s exposed polka-dot briefs and be tempted to shout out what George forgot.) To be sure he’s prepared for the school day, he mentally runs through all the things he has done; that laundry list of tasks is so daunting that it’s a wonder he can make time to sufficiently tease his sister. Even though his playful antics distract him from his routine enough to cause a temporary memory lapse, Sis comes through for him in the end with his missing pants. The cover art (dominated by an overstuffed dresser) and ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood by Susan Wood (review)
    • Abstract: Here middle-grade readers meet a twentieth-century Iowan, Grant Wood, who knows he wants to paint, knows what he wants to paint (other Iowans), knows where to learn to paint (Paris, obviously), but just can’t reconcile the painterly styles then in vogue—Impressionism, Cubism, Abstract Art—with his subject matter. Hazy views of French cathedrals, faces parsed into multiple planes, colored geometric forms had little to do with the bib overalls, rolling farmland, and framed houses that consumed his interest, and even less to do with the economic challenges of the Great Depression holding sway over America’s economy. A gothic arched window in an Iowa farmhouse, however, caught Wood’s attention, connecting his ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee (review)
    • Abstract: Hard-driving, hyperachieving Chinese-American sophomore Genie Lo may have to put her take-no-prisoners rush to the Ivy Leagues aside so she can save the world, or at least the local region of California currently under attack by Chinese demons. Why Genie' Well, as new classmate and infuriating possible crush Quentin urgently reveals to her, he is actually the Sun Wukong, Monkey King of Chinese mythology, and she is Ruyi Jingu Bang, the reincarnation of his powerful magical staff. The Jade Emperor, kingpin god of the pantheon, has largely checked out of human affairs, but the merciful Bodhisattva and the Emperor’s nephew, god of the wind, can be called upon to help out as Genie and Quentin battle over a ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh (review)
    • Abstract: After an incredible summer trip to Taiwan with her family, Beatrix Lee never imagined she would return to start seventh grade friendless—still reeling from the major social faux pas that marked the end of her friendships—and about to become a big sister. Bea finds solace in using invisible ink to write haiku that she leaves tucked in a secret outdoor location, and it’s an understandable surprise to her when someone responds anonymously. As the school’s reluctant first-ever seventh-grade poetry editor, Bea becomes part of a new social circle, including Briggs, the eclectic editor who can wistfully quote Bea’s poetry even though they have never met, and Will, a socially awkward boy obsessed with gaining access ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Professional Connections: Resources for Teachers and Librarians
    • Abstract: Karen Coats, Bulletin reviewer and Professor in the English Department at Illinois State University, taught the graduate course “The Modern Young Adult Novel” at Hollins University for the 2017 summer session. The class is a chronological survey of novels published for and about teenagers since The Catcher in the Rye, from modern classics to current attention getters. In November, Bloomsbury will publish her book The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Elizabeth Hoiem, Assistant Professor at the iSchool and CCB affiliate, presented her research on the representation of slavery in children’s nonfiction books at the Children’s Literature Association conference (ChLA 2017) in ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • 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. Abuse–fiction: Smith ADVENTURE: Connolly; Graudin; Hatke; Holmes; Newman; Philbrick African Americans: Mahin; Rappaport African Americans–fiction: Colbert; Moore; Warner Animals–stories: Bernstein; Elliott; Maloney ... Read More
      Keywords: Goodale, E. B.; Villains in literature; Fortune; Hamilton, Alexander,; Decision making; Books and reading; Brothers and sisters; Archery; Roller coasters; Green, Rebecca; Sweet, Melissa,; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de,; Salcedo, Erica, ‡d 1983-; Landlord an
      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
JournalTOCs
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