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BOOK REVIEW

CATS ALOFT by Lisa Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"Feline aficionados may love the cat characters, but the 'mystery' won't leave them purring. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Cat brothers Anton and Cecil are on the road again…or above it, as the case may be. 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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LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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FOR VALENTINE’S WEEK, A HAPPY READING SIGH
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I’ve been waiting to read Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring since I heard it was coming. Combining her current Ravenel series with the Wallflowers is a stroke of brilliance—and since one of my all-time favorite romance couples is Sebastian and Evie – and this one matches their son Gabriel with the quirky entrepreneur Pandora Ravenel – I simply ...


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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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MIDWINTER TREASURES
by Leila Roy

After a physically and intellectually and emotionally exhausting Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta—and a horrorshow day of travel on Tuesday—I am back home in Maine. Congratulations to all of the Youth Media Award winners and honorees, and a very special personal congratulations to the authors and books on the 2017 Amelia Bloomer list.

Due to being in Bloomer deliberations for one ...


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ANOTHER DAY THAT ENDS IN Y, ANOTHER ROMANCE SMACKDOWN
by Bobbi Dumas

Oh goody.

The New York Times Book Review finally has a Romance piece.

Well, I should say, another romance piece. I had one once. You can read it here. It was short and actually reviewed the books on their merits, as opposed to filtering them through my own idea of their merits that hinged on my condescending attitude toward the ...


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READING ACROSS THE COUNTRY MAINE
by Leila Roy

One of the funny things about living in a state nicknamed ‘Vacationland’—especially living near the coast—is that, for locals, a huge part of summertime is about avoiding the tourist-heavy spots. You know, like the beach.

So, rather than actually leaving our houses and enjoying these lovely, lovely days in public, a large percentage of us Year-Rounders do quite a lot ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SPARKLING PRINCESS 1 2 3 by Lisa Perrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"While the attempts at diversity should be lauded, both are shiny bits of board-book bling without much substance. (Board book. 2-4)"
Count up to 10 with various fairy-tale characters. Read full book review >

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QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS by Lisa McCue
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"But since she is a prolific artist with many fans, Quiet Bunny will probably quietly move on to the next entry in his series. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This is the second offering in a new series about the titular rabbit, following a previous exploration of animal sounds (Quiet Bunny, 2009). Read full book review >

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A DRAGON MOVES IN by Lisa Falkenstern
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Gentle country concoction, two parts Beatrix Potter and one part Cressida Cowell. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It takes a lot of love—and imagination—to raise a dragon. Read full book review >