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Review of Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook) While comprehensive in his synthesis of the political, historical, and scientific aspects of the creation of the first nuclear weapon, Sheinkin focuses his account with an extremely alluring angle: the spies. The book opens in […]

Review of The Man from the Land of Fandango

Review of The Man from the 
Land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy. From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Review of One Times Square

One Times Square: A Century of Change at the 
Crossroads of the World by Joe McKendry; illus. by the author Intermediate    Godine    64 pp. 9/12    978-1-56792-364-3    $19.95 You are there at the birth, the decay, and the revival of Times Square, the “crossroads of the world” for a century. McKendry (Beneath the Streets of Boston, […]

Review of Every Day

Every Day by David Levithan Middle School, High School    Knopf    325 pp. 8/12    978-0-307-93188-7    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-97111-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-307-97563-8    $10.99 “A,” the narrator of Levithan’s brilliantly conceived novel, wakes up in a different sixteen-year-old’s body every morning and has to adjust to different physical characteristics, a different family, a different school, different […]

Review of Bailey at the Museum

Bailey at the Museum by Harry Bliss; illus. by the author Primary    Scholastic    32 pp. 9/12    978-0-545-23345-3    $16.99 In his second adventure, the irrepressible titular hound from Bailey (rev. 11/11) — the only dog in Mrs. Smith’s class — is excited about the field trip to the Museum of Natural History. Though his classmates are […]

Review of Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey

Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey by Gary Golio; illus. by Rudy Gutierrez Intermediate, Middle School    Clarion    48 pp. 10/12    978-0-547-23994-1    $17.99 There have been other picture books about gifted jazz musician and composer John Coltrane that have focused on his music or his childhood, but this one dares to take on the complexity of […]

Review of Pinned

Pinned by Sharon G. Flake Middle School, High School    Scholastic    231 pp. 10/12    978-0-545-05718-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-46984-5    $17.99 Ninth-grader Autumn is great at some things — wrestling, for one; cooking, for another. Reading is not one of her skills, due in part to multiple moves during her early childhood and parents who also don’t […]

Review of The McElderry Book of Mother Goose

The McElderry Book 
of Mother Goose: Revered and Rare Rhymes compiled by Petra Mathers; 
illus. by the compiler Primary, Intermediate    McElderry    96 pp. 8/12    978-0-689-85605-1    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4424-5314-2    $12.99 Not since Leonard Marcus’s Mother Goose’s Little Misfortunes (rev. 11/90) has there been such a delightfully idiosyncratic selection. Drawn mostly from the canonical Opies (see […]

Review of Nighttime Ninja

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta; 
illus. by Ed Young Preschool    Little, Brown    32 pp. 9/12    978-0-316-20384-5    $16.99 Silently, in the dark of night, a ninja creeps through a house. While the family sleeps, he stealthily embarks on his mission. “Hand over hand, the ninja climbed and clambered. Step by step, he balanced and leapt.” It’s […]

Review of Dodger

Dodger by Terry Pratchett Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    360 pp. 10/12    978-0-06-200949-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-200950-0    $18.89 e-book ed.  978-0-06-219015-4    $9.99 Who would have the skill, the sensibility, and the sass to put Charles Dickens into a novel and then proceed to write that novel in full-octane Dickensian style? Terry Pratchett, of course. Like his namesake […]