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by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HUG MACHINE by Scott Campbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"In his first outing as an author, Campbell shines. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A feel-good ride, full of droll artistic asides and an abundance of caring. Read full book review >

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TOWER OF TREASURE by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Fast paced, cleanly illustrated, great fun. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
In this lively opener to the Three Thieves series, young gymnast Dessa, searching for her kidnapped twin brother, joins two fellow circus performers in an attempted heist, a prison escape and a merry chase through and out of the fortress of Kingsbridge. Read full book review >

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WHEN IS A PLANET NOT A PLANET? by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

Joining the rush of revised views of the solar system for young readers that has been following in the wake of the International Astronomical Union's decision to redefine Pluto (and some other fellow wanderers) as "dwarf planets" rather than the full-fledged sort, this production shows several signs of haste, from a narrative that fails to note that Pluto has more than one moon to a chapter that opens with a full page, uncaptioned photo of a vague smear of light. Read full book review >

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THE DARK ISLAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"At best, about half an episode's worth of plot for this otherwise above-average series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Searching for her missing brother on the flying island of Astaroth, Dessa uncovers evidence of a shadowy conspiracy of grand scope. Read full book review >

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THE IRON HAND by Scott Chantler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A well-wrought, well-timed, and satisfying finale to this well-conceived series. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
The headlong chase that began in Tower of Treasure (2010) ends in a climactic whirl of dramatic rescues, heated confrontations, and sudden reversals of fortune. Read full book review >

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THE SCULPTOR by Scott McCloud
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Masterfully paneled and attractively illustrated but populated by archetypes."
Comics writer/illustrator and theorist McCloud (Making Comics, 2006, etc.) presents an artist's struggle to make a name for himself and the complications love brings to the Faustian deal he's made to gain total control of his craft.Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT! by Scott Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Entertaining and clever—and that's no lie. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Some boys cry wolf, but to the admiration of one individual, Ben cries Bigfoot. Read full book review >

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HARRY GOES TO DOG SCHOOL by Scott Menchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"An amusing turnabout that is sure to have readers in stitches…as long as they are not chasing their own tails instead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Menchin introduces readers to a boy who has taken pretending to be a dog to new levels. Read full book review >

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THE HIGH-SKIES ADVENTURES OF BLUE JAY THE PIRATE by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An imaginative premise, fledged in showy if sometimes overdecorated finery. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A corvid catastrophe threatens swashbuckling Blue Jay and his mixed avian crew after a treetop shipwreck leaves them to the tender mercies of a murder of crows. Read full book review >

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MAGIC PICKLE AND THE PLANET OF THE GRAPES by Scott Morse
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers will be smirkin' at the exploits of this gherkin. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
When the whole planet's in a dilly of a dilemma, who ya gonna call? Read full book review >

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HUGO AND MILES IN I’VE PAINTED EVERYTHING! by Scott Magoon
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 2007

"Though he tried for a fresh vision, the story is predictable, and the blocky pencil and digitally colored illustrations have a forced hipster vibe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hugo is deep in an "elephunk" because he's already "painted everything!" Read full book review >