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Review of The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan; illus. by the author Middle School, High School     Levine/Scholastic     128 pp. 10/07      978-0-439-89529-3      $19.99 From a bleak, sunless city haunted by the threat of scaled and serpentine monsters, a man sets forth to seek a new life in a new land, leaving his wife and daughter behind. His steamship voyage […]

Review of The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex; illus. by the author Intermediate     Hyperion     426 pp. 10/07     978-0-7868-4900-0     $16.99 What’s an eleven-year-old girl to do when the same aliens — the Boov — who sucked up her mom “like soda” into their spaceship announce (after conquering the whole planet) that all […]