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Review of the Killer of Enemies trilogy

Killer of Enemiesby Joseph BruchacMiddle School, High School     Tu/Lee & Low     358 pp.10/13     978-1-62014-143-4     $19.95     gA deadly assassin with extrasensory powers that help her locate her adversaries, Lozen works as a monster-killer, taking out genetically modified superbeasts — giant bloodthirsty eagles, the vampiric Bloodless, a colossal anaconda —...
      

Reviews of the 2015 CSK Author Award winners

Winner: Brown Girl Dreamingby Jacqueline WoodsonIntermediate, Middle School     Paulsen/Penguin     328 pp.8/14     978-0-399-25251-8     $16.99 gHere is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and...
      

Reviews of the 2015 Caldecott Award winners

Winner:The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.4/14     978-0-316-19998-8     $17.00Imaginary friend Beekle waits and waits for a child to think him into existence. When it doesn't happen, Beekle sails off to the real world — a city full of boring...
      

Review of Why We Took the Car

Why We Took the Carby Wolfgang Herrndorf; trans. from the German by Tim MohrMiddle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic    250 pp.1/14    978-0-545-48180-9    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-545-58636-8    $17.99Two teens abandon their lackluster lives and hit the Autobahn in this audacious tragicomedy. Mike Klingenberg, boring and unpopular, lives a life of quiet desperation...
      

Review of Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty!: By Mr. & Mrs. Bunny

Lord and Lady Bunny — Almost Royalty!: By Mr. & Mrs. Bunnyby Polly Horvath; illus. by Sophie BlackallIntermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    293 pp.2/14    978-0-307-98065-6    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-307-98066-3    $19.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-307-98067-0    $10.99In this funny, meticulously crafted sequel to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! (rev. 1/12), young Madeline desperately...
      

Review of Gobble You Up!

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Gobble You Up!by Gita Wolf; illus. by SunitaPreschool, Primary    Tara    40 pp.10/13    978-81-923171-4-4    $34.95The outline is familiar: after gulping down animal after animal, a greedy creature bursts. Here it’s a jackal who devours the dozen fish his best friend the crane has caught for him, then the crane herself, and...
      

Review of How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetryby Marilyn Nelson; 
illus. by Hadley HooperMiddle School    Dial    103 pp.1/14    978-0-8037-3304-6    $16.99    gIn fifty poems (some previously published) Nelson chronicles her formative years during the 1950s, from age four to thirteen, against the backdrop of the cold war and stirrings of the civil rights movement and...
      

Review of Hello, Mr. Hulot

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Hello, Mr. Hulotby David Merveille; 
illus. by the authorPrimary    NorthSouth    56 pp.9/13    978-0-7358-4135-2    $17.95Monsieur Hulot, a character invented and played by French filmmaker Jacques Tati in such movies as Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday), is one part schlemiel, one part everyman, one part existentialist, and all parts...
      

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here.Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject?Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over...
      

Review of The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius

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The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Geniusby Jan Greenberg and Sandra JordanIntermediate, Middle School    Porter/Roaring Brook    56 pp.10/13    978-1-59643-810-1    $17.99“Eccentric” is an apt word for Ohr, a Mississippi blacksmith’s son (1857–1918) who reinvented himself as a potter: though he began his distinctive works on a potter’s wheel, he then...

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