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BOOK REVIEW

ALEX KO by Alex Ko
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"An enjoyable and fast-paced read for not only star-dreamers, but also the star-stuck. (Memoir. 9-14)"
Broadway lights beckoned bright for a boy from Iowa who leapt into the title role of the long-running Billy Elliot. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A DOG WEARING SHOES by Sangmi Ko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Comedic pacing and simultaneously scrupulous and silly artwork will leave readers howling. (Picture book. 2-6)"
After spotting a scrawny dog in a swirl of city traffic and taking it home, Mini wants to call it her very own, but her mom suggests a dog with shoes must have an owner. Read full book review >

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THE LEAVERS by Lisa Ko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"This timely novel depicts the heart- and spirit-breaking difficulties faced by illegal immigrants with meticulous specificity."
A Chinese woman who works in a New York nail salon doesn't come home one day; her young son is raised by well-meaning strangers who cannot heal his broken heart. Read full book review >

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LONG, TALL LINCOLN by Jennifer Dussling
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A succinct, edifying read, but don't buy it for the pictures. (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
Abraham Lincoln's ascent to the presidency is recounted in a fluid, easy-to-read biography for early readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"An endearing twist on the super-chef cookbook, geared toward creative home cooks who want to explore new tastes."
Rediscover the joy in home cooking along with star chef Vongerichten (Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHITE SNAKE by Ko-ling Yen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

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CROCODILE'S TEARS by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ecological storytelling at its finest. (author's note, glossary of endangered animals with colored photos) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife. Read full book review >

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PIGSTICKS AND HAROLD AND THE PIRATE TREASURE by Alex Milway
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A silly gem of a chapter book. (Adventure. 7-10)"
Pig Pigsticks and hamster Harold return for a third installment of their odd-couple story for newly independent readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAY! by Alex Latimer
by Alex Latimer, illustrated by Alex Latimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Kid-friendly and full of action and gentle suspense, this selection will be a favorite of dog lovers and reluctant readers alike—and it comes with value-added dog-training tips. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if your dog just won't? Read full book review >

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THE JUNGLE GRAPEVINE by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"One wonders, too, about the choice of 'Jungle' for the title, since the setting, depicted in charming endpaper maps, appears to be a savanna. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Imbuing a game of "Telephone" with elements of Chicken Little's hysteria, Beard focuses on the animals dwelling around a watering hole in a fictive African landscape. Read full book review >

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WHERE DO FROGS COME FROM? by Alex Vern
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Lifecycles are part of the standard curriculum in the early elementary grades, and this will be a welcome addition to school and public libraries, both for its informational value and as an easy reader. (Nonfiction/easy reader. 5-7)"
The lifecycle of the frog is succinctly summarized in this easy reader for children reading at the late first-grade level. Read full book review >