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BOOK REVIEW

BARBARIAN LORD by Matt Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2014

"An intriguing and interesting mix of mythology, folklore and fantasy makes for what is in effect a graphic-novel introduction to the sword-and-sorcery genre. (author's note) (Graphic fantasy. 13-17)"
A mix of Icelandic lore and Norse mythology—and maybe a smattering of the Incredible Hulk—makes up this action-packed adventure of the barrel-chested Barbarian Lord's struggle to defeat his skull-headed enemy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LENNY CYRUS, SCHOOL VIRUS by Joe Schreiber
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Here's hoping readers won't be daunted by it, since there is so much here to enjoy. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
A middle school science genius chooses an unusual way to get the girl. Read full book review >

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HERE’S TO THE LADIES
by Julie Danielson

We may be nearing the end of March, but before it’s over, let’s honor one of the best things about it – that it’s Women’s History Month. If you work in any way in an educational setting with children’s literature, I hope you show your students books about strong women all throughout the year and not just during March. If ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE PIRATE MEETS THE QUEEN by Matt Faulkner
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"The details may differ, but this rendition is just as stirring as Emily Arnold McCully's The Pirate Queen (1995), and will leave readers awash in admiration for its self-assured narrator. (source list) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Embroidering his first-person historical tale a bit ("It's the way of storytelling," says he in a closing note), Faulkner recounts the exploits of fierce Irish pirate Granuaile (more often known as Grace, or Grania) O'Malley, from birth, through early buccaneering, to a climactic, intrepid face-off with fiery Queen Elizabeth—here dubbed "Red Liz"—after her piratical son's capture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLIP FLOP BOP by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Fun for fans of flip-flops and summer. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What better way to herald the end of school and the start of summer than by ditching shoes and socks and donning flip-flops? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED HANDED by Matt Kindt
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 7, 2013

"Elegant scribbles from an electric mind."
A graphic crime saga about a by-the-book detective and the deeply human criminals he systematically tracks down, told by way of Socratic dialogue and pulp homage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST PRINCE by Matt Myklusch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"High-seas adventure with surprising twists. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Orphan, pirate, spy, and prince are just some of 13-year-old Dean Seaborne's many titles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLDSTRIKE by Matt Whyman
FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"It almost seems realistic. (Thriller. YA)"
Find galloping suspense and action here in the first sequel to Whyman's Icecore (2007), wherein falsely accused young British superhacker Carl Hobbes escaped from an arctic American prison camp for terrorists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ICECORE by Matt Whyman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Great for action fans. (Fiction. YA)"
Another action thriller from Britain follows a young computer hacker who falls prey to the American rendition scheme and must escape from a top-security prison camp located in a frozen Arctic wasteland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK BLANK AND THE IMAGINE NATION by Matt Myklusch
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Though Myklusch prefers diatribes and explanations to exploring the ins and outs of this comic-book world, he creates a beguiling, sequel-worthy scenario. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A talky ending leaves a forgiveable blemish on this semisatirical debut tale of a young foundling learning to harness a real superpower while setting out to uncover his obscure past. Read full book review >