Roxanne Hsu Feldman

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Review of Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin audiobook

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassinby James L. Swanson; read by Kim StauntonMiddle School, High School    Scholastic Audio5 CDs    5.67 hrs.    978-1-338-22724-6    $29.99With intensity and clarity, Swanson documents the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and James Earl Ray — King’s assassin — and...

Review of My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder

My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonderby Nie Jun; illus. by the author; trans. from the Chinese by Edward GauvinPrimary, Intermediate    Graphic Universe/Lerner    128 pp.9/18    978-1-5124-4590-9    $30.65Paper ed.  978-1-5415-2642-6    $9.99e-book ed.  978-1-5124-9859-2    $30.65In the first of four stories in this graphic novel for young readers, Yu’er, who walks with difficulty,...

Review of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legendsedited by Ellen Oh and Elsie ChapmanMiddle School, High School    Greenwillow    328 pp.    g6/18    978-0-06-267115-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-267117-2    $8.99Fifteen authors of East and South Asian descent present original short stories inspired by culture-specific tales from their own childhoods; immediately...

Review of Front Desk

Front Deskby Kelly YangIntermediate    Levine/Scholastic    298 pp.5/18    978-1-338-15779-6    $16.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-15780-2    $10.99Mia Tang, a resourceful and indomitable ten-year-old, takes on front desk duties at the Calivista Motel, where her parents are managers and 24/7 workers. Having been in the States (from China) for only two years, Mia’s parents are thrilled...

2017 in Review: The Year in Words

Literature, whether for adults or young readers, often reflects its time. Each year at awards time, along with such perennial debates as popularity versus literary quality, subjectivity, and age appropriateness, critics often focus on thematic treatments that are on the general public’s minds. Recent times have been challenging for many,...

Review of Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

Yvain: The Knight of the Lionby M. T. Anderson; illus. by Andrea OffermannMiddle School, High School    Candlewick    134 pp.3/17    978-0-7636-5939-4    $19.99    gThe storyline of this graphic novel retelling of a twelfth-century epic poem is straightforward enough: after slaying Sir Esclados, Sir Yvain, a young knight-errant...

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