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BOOK REVIEW

N-SPACE by Chris Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2011

"Martin's varied literary structure and assimilation of human emotions, fused with a fast-paced, imaginative storyline and realistic science fiction will leave audiences marveling over Maines' adventures in n-Space."
In Martin's collection of science-fiction stories, Lt. Jana Maines steers merchant ships of the Space Trading Commission through the fourth dimension, known as n-Space. Read full book review >

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MARTIN WILSON
by Megan Labrise

YA author Martin Wilson’s sophomore novel has a gut-punch premise: One hot day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an 11-year-old boy takes off on his bike and vanishes. Three years later, he returns, gravely changed.

“I’m trying to write stories that are honest and emotionally powerful,” says Wilson, author of We Now Return to Regular Life, based on a true story ...


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FINDING THE STORY WITH CHRIS BARTON
by Julie Danielson

The “sneaky, stripy” camouflaged ships of World War I, painted with unconventional patterns so as to confuse the enemy, may be the subject at hand in Chris Barton’s new picture book, Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, but it’s really about so much more. It’s also a book about information overload, changing technology, war strategy, art ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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A THING OF WONDER
by Julie Danielson

Here is something poet and Newbery author Kwame Alexander writes in the preface of his brand-new book, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, coming to shelves in March. I think I literally applauded when I read this, since sadly, poetry is sometimes the neglected child in language arts educational programs across the country:

“I remember reading and reading lots of ...

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THE LAST, THE FIRST, THE BEST
by Julie Danielson

Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just ...


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MINING MEMORIES WITH PATRICIA MACLACHLAN
by Julie Danielson

At nearly 80 years old, very little slows down Patricia MacLachlan. The author, best known for her Newbery Medal-winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall, is busy gathering memories to tell her fans even more stories – in the form of both picture books and novels for child readers.

In her newest picture book, Someone Like Me, MacLachlan looks back to ...


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THERE IS ONLY ONE by Chris Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"A lightweight but feel-good parable for fans of angel-encounter stories."
A short tale about a man whose life is changed by a mysterious encounter at the foot of a mountain. Read full book review >

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THE SNOW BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The short and clever text and colorful images make this book a great read-aloud for wintertime story hours and cozy nights at home with the little ones. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quirky and snowy tale of affable beasts and friendship in unexpected places. Read full book review >

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SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN by Chris Haughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Sure to 'net' young audiences, who will definitely root for the birds. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A peace-waging parable, presented with wry minimalism à la Jon Klassen or Tomi Ungerer. Read full book review >

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CHICKENHARE by Chris Grine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Twisted, weird and fun. (Graphic fantasy/adventure. 9-14)

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Why did the Chickenhare cross the wintry terrain? Why, to flee a maniacal taxidermist, of course. Read full book review >

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PETER AND THE WOLF by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Among the plethora of Peters, his stands out for its seamless, jazzy match of verbal and visual exuberance. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Language chosen for its sound at least as much as for its meaning lends an improvisatory air to this rendition of Prokofiev's musical tale, and theatrical illustrations definitely kick things up an additional notch. Read full book review >