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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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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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BOOK REVIEW

WHITE DYNAMITE & CURLY KIDD by Ted  Rand
Released: April 28, 1986

"A fine addition to any picture-book collection."
You pass anxious moments when your father rides bulls in the rodeo, especially when he draws the likes of white Dynamite. Read full book review >

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UP AND DOWN ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ted  Rand
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1988

"Dad eating our popcorn while he waits and the almost-lost ticket are realistic touches."
A rollicking celebration of everyone's favorite ride. Read full book review >

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“FIRE! FIRE!” SAID MRS. MCGUIRE by Bill Martin Jr.
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"A die-cut keyhole adds extra interest, though for design reasons it only penetrates the first few pages and the last one. (Picture book. 4-6)"
For the third set of illustrations put to Martin's much-revised version of an old rhyme (Ted Schroeder, 1970; Richard Egielski, 1996), Radunsky creates a cast of fuzzy-edged mice in a darkened room, who sound the alarm after spotting flames visible through a door's keyhole. Read full book review >

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POLAR BEAR, POLAR BEAR, WHAT DO YOU HEAR? by Bill Martin Jr.
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Brown Bear special. (Picture book. 2- 6)"
After a full generation, a companion to a perennial favorite (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 1967). Read full book review >

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"FIRE! FIRE!" SAID MRS. McGUIRE by Bill Martin Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"That stereotyping contradicts the spirit of fresh perceptions shown in the rest of the book, but its bold, breezy tone helps compensate for the offense, and youngsters will be captivated by the colorful scenes and forceful language. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Women are depicted here in a number of unexpected roles, including the heroic. Read full book review >

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THE PREGNANT WIDOW by Martin Amis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2010

"'You can't write about sex,' maintains the narrative, an assertion the novel corroborates."
This novel about the sexual revolution is ultimately something of a tease, with far more talking and reading, and talking about reading, than consummation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 28, 1993

"As energetic as Sagan, without the pontificating; once McSween finds a richer theme, the moon's the limit."
Comet dirt, magma oceans, meteorites from Mars—all the extraterrestrial grit and goop that geologists love—brought wittily down to earth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

This brisk book vividly conjures up the bristling radical politics of the 1920s and the fruits of a fertile combination of two political pathologies, racism and anticommunist hysteria. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A forceful and clear-sighted anthology."
Thirty years' worth of Deloria's essays on religion and Native American life, thoughtfully edited and presented. Read full book review >

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DEADLY VINTAGE by Jr. Relling
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"Altogether, a competently crafted but lackluster debut."
A first mystery from fantasy writer Relling (The Infinite Man, etc., not reviewed) introduces ex-Treasury agent Jack Donne, now partner with his widowed father in a winery in California's Santa Ynez valley. Read full book review >