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BOOK REVIEW

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by Ben Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An easy, breezy series opener that should help create a few new history buffs. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Blogger and author Thompson gamely takes on the task of exciting young readers about the American Civil War. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2013

"The maundering rhetoric, all 'dudes' and 'balls-out' and 'badass,' gets old fast, but Thompson's grasp of history is solid. Think of it as Thucydides for video gamers."
History for the Ted Nugent set—a follow-up to Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live (2009). Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Ben Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"Both fans of others in the series and lovers of Hamilton: An American Musical will enjoy the information and breezy tone. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A history buff and blogger provides an engaging look at the cast of characters and events that led to the founding of the United States. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"Fanatics and newcomers to the music will both find plenty of revelation here."
A thoughtful, incisive analysis of hip-hop—and pop music in general—from one of its foremost contemporary architects. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT MONTEFIASCO by Colin Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Pleasant tale, but the pictures are the real draw. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This import from Down Under pairs baroque illustrations to a heartwarming tale featuring a bumbling magician who doesn't realize that his on-stage accidents bring "far more happiness to the world than any ordinary card trick ever could," until he hires, then falls in love with, Betty, a shy and equally inept assistant. Read full book review >

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JAMES PARKS AND BEN COSTA
by Alex Heimbach

“A skeleton and a slime walk into a bar…” That may sound like the wind up to a very nerdy joke, but it’s actually the set up for a scene in James Parks and Ben Costa’s new YA graphic novel, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, which, to be fair, is full of very nerdy — ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHINGTOFOODABOUT by Ahmir Thompson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 12, 2016

"An enjoyable, frequently surprising exploration of creativity."
A musician talks to renowned chefs about work, inspiration, and tastes. Read full book review >

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SPACE DUMPLINS by Craig Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A weird and wonderful intergalactic tale. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
In a galaxy far, far away, a young girl and her motley crew of friends fight to save her father and the solar system from a destructive fleet of space whales. Read full book review >

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BLANKIES by Carol Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"The cozy experience of love within these pages is palpable. (Board book. 1-2)"
A hymn of praise to a variety of blankies and security objects. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2012

"A broadly appealing mix of the tragic and droll, comforting, disturbing, exotic and universal, with nary a clinker in the bunch. (glossary) (Short stories. 11-13)"
A big but consistently engaging pro bono anthology of authors with direct or indirect Japanese "heritage or experience." Read full book review >

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FALLING ANGELS by Colin Thompson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"The story works on several levels, but it is the fascinating pictures that will have young readers and listeners asking to see it again and again. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gentle fantasy about seeing with your heart as well as your eyes. Read full book review >