Cookery

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Barlow, Melissa Noodlemania!: 50 Playful Pasta Recipes Gr. 4–6     112 pp.     Quirk Books Illustrated by Alison Oliver. Sections named for pasta shapes (“Twisted & Twirly,” “Wheels & Whatever”) contain recipes that use common ingredients and simple techniques with the usual caveat about grown-up help. Appetizing full-color photos show final products. Pasta trivia, creative cooking tips, and […]

Big ideas

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Adler, David A. Things That Float and Things That Don’t Gr. K–3        32 pp.      Holiday Illustrated by Anna Raff. Adler expertly teaches the concept of density, moving beyond classic floating and sinking experiments to a carefully constructed lesson that helps young thinkers appreciate both scientific explanations and practices. The concepts are kept simple and age […]

Memoir

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Earl, Esther This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl Middle school, high school     240 pp.     Dutton With Lori Earl and Wayne Earl. John Green dedicated The Fault in Our Stars to Esther Earl, who, in her own words, “went through a life changing experience known as Thyroid Cancer.” This posthumous collection (with […]

Unexplained phenomena

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Allman, Toney Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind? Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Kallen, Stuart A. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Marcovitz, Hal Aliens in Pop Culture Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Netzley, Patricia D. Alien Encounters Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint […]

Review of Strike!

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Strike!: The Farm Workers’ 
Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner Intermediate, Middle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    172 pp. 10/14    978-1-59078-997-1    $16.95 Brimner turns his attention from one part of the 1960s — the civil rights movement in the South (Black & White) — to another, a parallel movement among migrant farm workers in […]

Review of Malala, a Brave Girl from 
Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave 
Boy from Pakistan

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Malala, a Brave Girl from 
Pakistan / Iqbal, a Brave 
Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp. 11/14    978-1-4814-2294-9    $17.99 This picture book tells two stories (one side is Malala’s story; flip it over for Iqbal’s), introducing young readers to Malala Yousafzai (recent winner of the […]

Clearing the brush

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The New York Times’ sensationalizing of the practice of abridging adult nonfiction titles for a younger audience rather misses the point, which is about commerce, not censorship. The main difference between the adult and juvenile editions of these titles is that the latter are shorter, provide less background material, and are less detailed. As an […]

Nicola Davies on Tiny Creatures

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In the September/October 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Danielle Ford asked author Nicola Davies about Tiny Creatures. Read the review here. Danielle J. Ford: What was your starting point for tackling a topic that might be hard for young kids to visualize? (Because what you’re talking about is essentially invisible!) Nicola Davies : With young […]

Review of Tiny Creatures

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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies; 
illus. by Emily Sutton Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 8/14    978-0-7636-7315-4    $15.99 Davies introduces a likely brand-new — and immediately intriguing — concept to young readers: that there are vast quantities of living things (microbes) that are smaller than the eye can see. She does it not […]

Review of Ivan

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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story 
of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate; 
illus. by G. Brian Karas Primary, Intermediate    Clarion    40 pp. 10/14    978-0-544-25230-1    $17.99    g Applegate introduces young readers to the true story that inspired her Newbery Medal–winning novel The One and Only Ivan (rev. 1/12). “In leafy calm, / in gentle arms, […]