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THE LAST ACADEMY by Anne Applegate
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"Anyone who knows Greek mythology will probably figure out the twist quickly, but this novel is still an enjoyable read. (Suspense. 14 & up)"
Creating a sense of doom is infinitely more difficult in a novel than in a movie; debut author Applegate makes a worthy attempt. Read full book review >

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HOME OF THE BRAVE by Katherine Applegate
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Despite its lackluster execution, this story's simple premise and basic vocabulary make it suitable for younger readers interested in the plight of war refugees. (Fiction. 9-11)"
From the author of the Animorphs series comes this earnest novel in verse about an orphaned Sudanese war refugee with a passion for cows, who has resettled in Minnesota with relatives. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2006

"An exceptionally thorough and thoughtful account of a spectacular career that helped shape and reflect national preoccupations before, during and after the Civil War."
Beautifully written biography of America's one best-known preacher, who ingeniously transformed the harsh Calvinism of his famous father into a nurturing, middlebrow faith attractive and accessible to a country prepared to abandon Puritan orthodoxy. Read full book review >

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CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Though the lessons weigh more heavily than in The One and Only Ivan, a potential disappointment to its fans, the story is nevertheless a somberly affecting one. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Applegate tackles homelessness in her first novel since 2013 Newbery winner The One and Only Ivan.Read full book review >

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SHARING SAM by Katherine Applegate
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2004

"Still, although the reader may not agree with the protagonist's conclusion, the question of how far one should go to bring happiness to another is certainly worth contemplating. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sam, the new kid in Alison's Florida high school, is an irresistible combination of mysterious, handsome, and slightly dangerous-looking, and Alison is thrilled when he asks her out. Read full book review >

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LIVING AMONG HEADSTONES by Shannon Applegate
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"While the family history isn't enthralling to outsiders, and the discussions of funeral customs and burial lore tend to the superficial, what the author says about being a small-town sexton is fresh and interesting."
A writing teacher takes on duties as sexton of a small cemetery and gains new material for her craft, along with insights into the business of living and dying. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage. Read full book review >

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EVE & ADAM by Michael Grant
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"An auspicious, thought-provoking series opener. (Science fiction/romance. 12 & up)"
The husband-wife team behind the Animorphs series returns with the first installment of an entertaining saga that pits smart teens against high-tech evildoers and bionic skullduggery. Read full book review >

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THE BUFFALO STORM by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"Teachers and parents will appreciate this high-quality combination of text and illustration. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Applegate and Ormerod join forces to contribute to the all-too-small picture-book selection recounting the frontier movement to the Pacific coast. Read full book review >

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IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Applegate reinterprets her Newbery-winning story about Ivan the shopping-mall gorilla for a younger audience of up-and-coming animal activists. Read full book review >

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ALL THAT GLITTERS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble

Cover Story: Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave
BFF Charms: Oda Mae Brown, Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Folkloric
Bonus Factor: Leprechauns
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Hiding My Valuables

Cover Story: Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

When first we practice to deceive … or ...


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ANNE HELEN PETERSEN
by Megan Labrise

When Anne Helen Petersen pitched Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman in 2015, famous female iconoclasts were having a massive moment.

Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck led the box office. Broad City and Girls ruled TV. Serena Williams dominated tennis. And Hillary Rodham Clinton on her way to becoming the 45th President of the ...


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