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Counting Piggies by Jim Gardner
written and illustrated by Jim Gardner
Released: Feb. 20, 2012

"An automotive-inspired reboot of a classic game."
A new twist on an old tale. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The author adds amusing ink sketches to nearly every page, heightening the appeal for less-practiced readers. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Sudden superpowers create and then solve problems for two children in these breezy imports, re-issued on this side of the water in a single, dos-a-dos volume. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"With generous font, ample white space, and charming pencil drawings on most pages, this is a series young readers can latch onto. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The five dolls from The Countess's Calamity (2003) are back in the second installment of Gardner's series. Read full book review >

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YOU'RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"Julia's strong voice and multifaceted background offer an eye-catching glimpse of graffiti culture while introducing deaf culture. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A deaf, Indian-American teen with a flair for graffiti learns how to make her mark. Read full book review >

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PERDITA by Faith Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An edgy, intriguing debut novel of suspense, suspicion, and surprise. (Suspense. 14-18)"
When she starts seeing the ghost of her sister's recently drowned friend, troubled 16-year-old Arielle worries she may be "a little bit crazy." Read full book review >

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THE SILVER BLADE by Sally Gardner
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A luscious melodrama, rich in sensuous detail from horrific to sublime, with an iridescent overlay of magic. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The thrilling conclusion to the tale begun in The Red Necklace (2008) plunges readers back into the filthy and terrifying streets of Paris in 1794, when a single word can betray one to death by guillotine and no one can be trusted. Read full book review >

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I, CORIANDER by Sally Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Deft and dulcet language, a cast of supporters not the least of whom is Coriander's loving stepsister Hester, and the tie to a grim historical season will hold readers fast. (historical background) (Historical fiction/fantasy. 10-14)"
Coriander is nine when her story begins (15 when it closes), living by London Bridge on the Thames during Cromwell's time. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Fancy runs wondrously amok here."
In his strong anthology of last year's best SF, editor Dozois leads with a dizzyingly well-done tale that at first seems clogged with excess detail, until you realize that the story is in the detail. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2007

"No question as to the quality of the material here; the drawback is overfamiliarity."
Stories that couldn't be squeezed into 2005's Volume 1: a baker's dozen of novellas and short novels, 1985-2002, arranged chronologically. Read full book review >

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FREDDY'S BOOK by John Gardner
Released: March 1, 1980

"Here his lumbering counterattacks and homilies pummel away whatever surface charms the story has, making this a stiff little diversion (illustrated by Daniel Biamonte) of interest mainly to tireless observers of book-world bickering."
Gardner's belief in the primacy of tale-telling (see Moral Fiction) is so firm that he doesn't mind telling us that this tale isn't exactly his own: "A key event in Freddy's Book (King Gustav and the Devil) is drawn from a tale in Mark Helprin's collection, A Dove of the East and Other Stories," explains the prefatory note. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2002

"The pure stuff."
As ever, Dozois leads his anthology with a homerun by Ian R. MacLeod and follows it with a second MacLeod, "Isabel of the Fall." Read full book review >