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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This book was showered in honors last year, including a Newbery honor and an Odyssey honor for audio production for children.  A great audiobook involving music, magic and history was one I didn’t want to miss. Echo by Pam Muñoz … Continue reading

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The Exiles by Hilary McKay (series)

It was almost exactly three years ago that Charlotte, commenting on my review of Saffy’s Angel, suggested that I try The Exiles as well.  I thought at the time that this book might be fantasy, thus explaining why so many … Continue reading

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The Gaither Sisters Series

My friends have been raving about this series since the first book came out, but I waited until the whole series was out to dive in. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad/HarperCollins, 2010. It’s 1968, and 10-year-old Delphine is … Continue reading

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This One Summer

I’m reviewing this one separately from the other Caldecott winners (see Caldecotts Part 1 and Part 2) because it’s neither a picture book nor appropriate for younger teens. I had been looking forward to reading it for a very long … Continue reading

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Caldecott Winners 2015 Part 2

This year’s Caldecott winner, with two honor books – many of these I had to wait for at the library because everyone wanted to read them. Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. Little, Brown & Co., 2014. … Continue reading

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When We Wake

This is the last of the Cybils Speculative Fiction for Young Adults 2014 Finalists, and another one that I would probably not have picked up otherwise.  It’s the sequel to When We Wake, which I have not read.  Though I … Continue reading

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The Little White Horse

Often there are so many shiny new books coming out that I put off reading older titles.  I put this one on my want-to-read list after Charlotte was talking about Elizabeth Goudge on her blog, and I realized that one … Continue reading

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Salvage

Here’s another Cybils Young Adult Speculative Fiction Finalist, and a great choice for those who like their science fiction adventures with spaceships and strong-willed women. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan. Greenwillow Books, 2014. Ava Parastrata has grown up on a merchant … Continue reading

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Noggin

This is one of the Cybils Teen Speculative Fiction Finalists!  I was going to review all four of the remaining ones in one go, as I did the first three, but the library was busy today (yay! Even though the … Continue reading

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Caldecotts 2015: Picture Book Biographies

There were a lot of Caldecott honors this year – six, with the medal winner additional.  I’m still waiting on hold for one of them, but even so, I have too many books to talk about at once.  Here are … Continue reading

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