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BOOK REVIEW

A Suitcase Full of Secrets by Francesca Gray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 24, 2013

"A modestly thrilling first novel bolstered by a compelling moral challenge."
In this novel, an abused woman's misfortune follows her on an all-girls Mexican vacation. Read full book review >

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WINDFALL AT WALTHINGHAM
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray

Cover Story: Historical Turn Arrrrroooooound

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

Talky Talk: Gothic Lite 

Bonus Factor: Unexpected Inheritance

Relationship Status: Better As Friends

Cover Story: Historical Turn Arrrrroooooound

Winter weather + ornate gates + only seeing the back of the woman on the cover = a very ominous feeling.

The Deal:

Katherine ...


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AMELIA GRAY
by Rachel Sugar

If you know anything about Isadora Duncan, it is likely you know this: she was a modern dancer—not just any modern dancer, but the mother of modern dance—and she died, spectacularly, when her silk scarf (hand painted) caught in the wheel of an open automobile.

“When I tell people about Isadora,” says Amelia Gray, whose latest novel — titled ...


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GETTING IT
by Leila Roy

I learned years ago that it’s okay to do this. To seek out small spaces for myself, to stop and imagine myself alone. People are too much sometimes. Friends, acquaintances, enemies, strangers. It doesn’t matter; they all crowd. Even if they’re all the way across the room, they crowd. I take a moment of silence and think: I am here ...
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BACKLIST FAVES
by Leila Roy

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I love exploring backlists. Right now, for example, I’ve been working my way through all of Betty Ren Wright’s books—everyone knows The Dollhouse Murders, but she wrote DOZENS of other chapter books—and after reading Sue Macy’s Motor Girls for the Amelia Bloomer Project, I’ve been working my way through her older books as ...


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BEVERLY GRAY
by Bill Thompson

Beverly Gray was as smitten as anyone.

Not so much with the character of Benjamin Braddock, though he had an urchin’s appeal, but with the totality of one of the most influential movies of the 20th century, Mike Nichols’ The Graduate.  

On the occasion of the film’s 50th anniversary, Gray offers a compelling behind-the-scenes look at the genesis and ...


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WE ARE MORE THAN MACHINES
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray

Cover Story: Trippy ‘Splosion
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Boy (Robot) Meets Girl
Bonus Factors: Space Colonies, Unlikely Team
Relationship Status: Stowaway

Cover Story: Trippy ‘Splosion

I feel like this book should have come with special 3D-like glasses that make the title ...


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CYRIL THE MANDRILL by Francesca Greco
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"No replacement for the classic, but an acceptable alternative and a small lesson in acceptance of those who are different. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Greco switches species and locale on Leo Lionni's Frederick (1967), but keeps the basic plot. Read full book review >

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CLEVER TORTOISE by Francesca Martin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Utterly charming and a great read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Martin (The Honey Hunters, 1992, etc.) retells an old, old trickster story from the Ngoni people of southern Tanzania with great good humor and a story-teller style highly appropriate for a tale from the oral tradition: "Listen! / There is a lake in Africa, called Nyasa. / Mmm, it is full of blue cool water." and "Hm, tch, tch, it started like this . . ." Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY by Francesca Sanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A necessary, artful, and searing story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-12)"
A timely, powerful picture book about refugees. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A satisfying cumulative tale, handsomely presented. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
``Cheka, cheka, che!'' cries the honey guide. ``If you want honey, follow me!'' First a boy joins the little bird, then—one by one—a crowd of animals. Read full book review >

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THE END OF MANNERS by Francesca Marciano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2008

"A novel at once both sensuous and terrifying."
Marciano (Casa Rossa, 2002, etc.) explores the fractured political landscape of contemporary war-torn Kabul. Read full book review >