Category Archives: Print

My Top Nonfiction Read in 2018

I don’t often get around to writing full-on reviews of the nonfiction I read, especially if it’s for adults.  Here’s a selection of my favorites from last year, handily separated into knitting and non-knitting books.   Faerie Knitting by Alice … Continue reading

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12 more Cybils titles I loved

One of the things I love about the Cybils awards are the many books I get to try that I wouldn’t get around to otherwise.  One of the hardest parts is making a shortlist of only seven books, because I … Continue reading

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Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

I’m not having a lot of time to write reviews with my kids home from school and seeing friends and family for the holidays, but here’s one more Cybils nominee review to tide you over until the finalists are announced … Continue reading

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3 Holiday Picture Books + Bonus Craft Book

This year, I was given a last-minute request to read a Christmas book to the Girl Scout Junior troop. Here’s what I found on the shelves. Under the Christmas Tree by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. HarperCollins, 2002. This … Continue reading

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The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. Scholastic, 2018. Marinka has lived in the house with chicken legs all her life, helping Baba Yaga.  Others may see her as an ugly and dangerous hag, but Marinka knows her as … Continue reading

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The Art of the Swap and The Magic Misfits: the Second Story

The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone. Simon and Schuster Kids, 2018. Hannah is the caretaker’s daughter in the Elms, a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island.  She annoys the docents by listening in on tours and … Continue reading

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The Truth about Martians and the Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray

Here’s a couple shorter takes on some more Cybils books, as I try desperately to keep up with my reading. The Truth about Martians by Melissa Savage. Crown Books, 2018. In 1947 Arizona, Mylo Affinito is still struggling to get … Continue reading

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Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older

Kids riding dinosaurs in New York City!  Does it get more fun? Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older. Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic, 2018. It’s 1863 in New York City – the middle of the Civil War.  Magdalys Roca, … Continue reading

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The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes. Disney-Hyperion 2018. Zane Obispo has never been able to make friends at his school in New Mexico due to his limp – one of the reasons he adopted his dog Rosie, who’s missing a … Continue reading

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick, 2018. M.T. Anderson is always coming up with new ideas – as in, his books are so very different from each other, from the dark, futuristic teen sci-fi … Continue reading

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