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Banned Books Week 2020

It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and...
      

Banned Books Week 2018

It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and...
      

Reviews of Louise Erdrich's Birchbark House series

The Birchbark Houseby Louise Erdrich ; illus. by the authorIntermediate     Hyperion     235 pp.5/99     0-7868-0300-2      $14.99     gLibrary edition ISBN 0-7868-2241-4      $15.49With a title and structure that inescapably recall Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family stories, Louise Erdrich here paints a detailed portrait of Ojibwa life in the mid-nineteenth century. Seven-year-old Omakayas...
      

Review of Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

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Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklinby Robert Byrd; illus. by the authorIntermediate    Dial    40 pp.9/12    978-0-8037-3749-5    $17.99With a jacket showing Benjamin Franklin as a cross between a mad scientist and a superhero standing amid wild lightning bolts and surrounded by all manner of electrical devices, this...
      

Review of Trick or Treat

Trick or Treatby Leo Landry; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary     Houghton     32 pp.8/12     978-0-547-24969-8     $12.99Landry’s cheery watercolor and pencil illustrations and calm palette signal that this Halloween story is more treat than trick; together, the straightforward text and simple compositions build suspense and inject...
      

Review of The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories

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The Curiosities: A Collection of Storiesby Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna YovanoffHigh School    Carolrhoda Lab    296 pp.10/12    978-0-7613-7527-2    $17.95e-book ed.    978-1-4677-0007-8    $12.95These experimental, unedited short stories showcase the many faces of horror — goth, faerie, ghostly, grotesque, lyrical, vengeful, and nasty-cool. Some clusters of tales are responses to a...
      

Gary D. Schmidt on What Came from the Stars

Reviewer Deirdre F. Baker asks What Came from the Stars author Gary D. Schmidt about the function of elevated language in the novel. Read the full starred review of What Came from the Stars here.Deirdre F. Baker: For the book’s fantasy elements, you hark back to biblical, Old English, and...
      

Review of What Came from the Stars

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What Came from the Stars by Gary D. SchmidtMiddle School     Clarion     293 pp.9/12     978-0-547-61213-3     $16.99     gSchmidt brings high heroic fantasy and contemporary realism together in this novel of a bereaved family. In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Tommy grieves for his mother, who died...
      

Review of Machines Go to Work in the City

 Machines Go to Work in the Cityby William Low; illus. by the authorPreschool     Holt     32 pp.6/12     978-0-8050-9050-5     $16.99Books don’t get much better than this for machinery-loving preschoolers. Listeners are first introduced to a particular situation involving vehicles, from a garbage truck to...
      

Review of A Certain October

A Certain Octoberby Angela JohnsonHigh School     Simon     158 pp.8/12     978-0-689-86505-3     $15.99     ge-book ed. 978-1-4424-1726-7     $9.99At the start of the book, Scotty is an average high school junior living in East Cleveland. She hangs out with friends, makes plans for the homecoming dance, and avoids writing a book report on Anna...

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