Category Archives: Review

Review: New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft’s new graphic novel, NEW KID, is honest, crammed with real moments, and it is an excellent commentary on you and you and me and the biases and vulnerabilities we all share. The main character, Jordan Banks, is a … Continue reading

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Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE is author Jen Doll’s first novel, although she’s also written extensively for various magazines and newspapers, and she also wrote a memoir before penning this young adult delight. Unclaimed Baggage centers on three flawed but very likable teens, … Continue reading

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Review: ODDITY by Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon’s debut novel ODDITY (November 2017) starts off with a burst of hauntingly familiar but life-threatening activity, and it never lets up. Set in the future, Oddity (named after the town in which the events take place) is a cross between sci-fi, horror, … Continue reading

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My Highly Subjective 2018 Book Round-Up

2018 has been an incredibly, painfully long year. One thing that has made it bearable has been the wonderful array of books we have at our fingertips. Hi. I love books. This year I’ve read children’s books, middle grade books, … Continue reading

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Review: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

The backstory of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite is an adventure in music and friendship and holiday drama. The picture book, written by musicologist Anna Harwell Celenza and joyfully illustrated by Don Tate, is the fun and frantic story of how Duke … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney’s A BLADE SO BLACK doesn’t waste time before running headlong into action in this exciting and inventive take on Alice in Wonderland. With an Alice who resembles Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Dark Angel’s Max Guevera more than any … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks

THE DIVIDED EARTH, the third and final graphic novel in The Nameless City trilogy by Faith Erin Hicks, is more mature, deeply detailed, and ultimately satisfying for readers who have been following Rat and Kaidu’s friendship and adventures. The Divided Earth … Continue reading

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Review: Lost in the Library

I need to admit something. The cover of the lovely new picture book, LOST IN THE LIBRARY, is so endearing that I was almost – almost – disappointed in the actual story. Thankfully, the in-depth adventures of Fortitude, one of … Continue reading

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Review: I Love You More Than…

The team that brought us MIXED ME! has a new contemplative and loving book out called I LOVE YOU MORE THAN… This new children’s book written by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane Evans is a celebration of strong and enveloping … Continue reading

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Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

Fantasy, science, and adventure collide (sometimes literally) in Book One of Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869. This first installment of the series gives readers everything   needed to set up a classic adventure for kids: a … Continue reading

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