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BOOK REVIEW

SABER-TOOTHED CAT by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A good introduction to both saber-toothed cats and paleontology. (Informational early reader. 6-9)"
The Ancient Animals series continues with a look at what's known about the saber-toothed cats that lived thousands of years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANCIENT ANIMALS by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An uneven, though potentially engaging, offering. (resources) (Informational early reader. 5-8)"
Potentially high-interest nonfiction content is obscured by missed opportunities for collaboration between art and text in this early reader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIVING FOSSILS by Caroline Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"School and public libraries whose copies of James Martin's Living Fossils (1997) have worn out will welcome this inviting new look at a popular subject, as will kids with an interest in paleontology and evolution. (timeline, glossary, resources) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Six creatures whose essential appearances haven't changed in millions of years provide an introduction to the idea of "living fossils." Read full book review >

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PLESIOSAUR by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Tempting fare for young dino-devotees. (print, video, and web resource lists) (Informational easy reader. 5-7)"
A gallery of prehistoric marine reptiles, their prey, and their predators. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PLATYPUS, PROBABLY by Sneed B. Collard III
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"An interesting informational read or read-aloud for the young animal lover. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Parallel texts and colorful, detailed illustrations introduce the curious Australian mammal, the platypus, to younger readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REIGN OF THE SEA DRAGONS by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"More detailed, if also more visually sedate, than Caroline Arnold's Giant Sea Reptiles of the Dinosaur Age (2007), illustrated by Laurie Caple, this look at the animals that sat atop the oceanic food chain for tens of millions of years makes a solid addition to the dino-shelves. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Despite occasional gore in the pictures and section headings like "Permian Wipeout" and "The Ichthyosaur Café," this look at marine reptiles of the Mesozoic Era will have more appeal for serious young proto-paleontologists than fans of violent, bloody action. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUNGRY ROSCOE by David J. Plant
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"A droll episode, with any lesson or moral beyond, maybe, 'try, try again' absent or well-buried. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Persistence pays off for an urban raccoon determined to upgrade his garbage-based diet. Read full book review >

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MAKING UP HISTORY (BUT MAKING IT FEEL REAL)
by Claiborne Smith

When debut authors talk about their struggles to get published, their stories usually boil down to a dramatic tale of numbers, despite the literary context: X number of writing workshops they attended, X number of years spent working on the debut, X number of rejections from agents or publishers. Andrew Hilleman, whose electric, compelling debut novel, World, Chase Me Down ...


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GLORIOUS BASTARDS
by Thea James

I look around, from face to face. We all knew the same thing. We were in this together.

Until the very end.

Sixteen-year-old Tilla is the daughter of Lord Kent, preeminent noble of the Western Province. She is also a bastard—and try as she might to impress her father, there’s no changing the fact that her mother was a lowly ...


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ANDREW SEAN GREER
by Megan Labrise

For bestselling novelist Andrew Sean Greer, Less represents a grand departure in more ways than one.

“I was writing another book that was my typical style,” says the author of five preceding fictions, including The Path of Minor Planets and The Confessions of Max Tivoli, “sort of poignant, sort of wistful. And I was getting nowhere with ...


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BITCH PLANET AND ANOTHER CASTLE - GRIMOIRE
by Ana Grilo

I recently read two trades that on the surface, could not be more different but which underneath present similar arcs of feminist liberation.

Bitch Planet: President Bitch is the second volume in the ongoing dystopian science fiction saga written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Valentine De Landro. The series is set in a futurist world where the Patriarchy ...


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