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Review: The Call of the Wild

When I was growing up, my dad would talk about books he’d loved as a child.  He’d always talk about authors like Zane Grey and Jack London and, invariably, The Call of the Wild would be mentioned.  301 more words


Book review: Witherwood Reform School, by Obert Sky

Sky, Obert. Witherwood Reform School. (Witherwood Reform School series, #1.) Henry Holt and Company, 2015. $16.99. ISBN: 978-0-8050-9879-2. Grades 4 and up. P7Q7

Tobias and Charlotte Eggers are being raised by their father and are always in trouble, especially with their constantly changing nannies. 141 more words

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So, I had a heart attack ...

Three months ago I had a heart attack. And since the symptoms of a heart attack are different for women, and since the kind I had can strike people with no markers of heart disease, I’ve decided to tell my story. 882 more words

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Book review: A Bitter Magic, by Roderick Townley

Townley, Roderick. A Bitter Magic. Random House, 2015.  $16.99. ISBN 9780449816493. 304 pages. Ages 9-12. Q7P6

Roderick Townley captures a daughter’s desire for love and acceptance by her family, her pain in realizing her mother did not have her best interests at heart, and the strength to rise above the person her mother was (and wanted her to be), to become a person who “performs miracles” out of kindness instead of using magic for personal gain.  31 more words

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Book review: Pax, by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Pennypacker, Sara. Pax. Il. Jon Klassen. .Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2016. $16.99. 276p. ISBN 978-0-06-237701-2. Ages 9-13. P9Q8

Set in an unnamed country at war, the book shows how children pay for the injustices of adult actions as 12-year-old Peter is separated from his pet of five years, Pax the fox. 210 more words

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Book review: Listen to the Moon, by Michael Morpurgo

Morpurgo, Michael. Listen to the Moon. Feiwel & Friends. 2015. $16.99. 352p. ISBN 978-1-250-04204-0. Ages 10-14. P7Q8

At the height of World War I in 1915, a fisherman and his son, Alfie, discover a young girl near death on a deserted island west of Great Britain. 245 more words

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Book review: Knife Edge, by Andrew Lane

Lane, Andrew. Knife Edge. FSG. 2016. $18.99. 341p. ISBN 978-0-374-38011-3. Ages 11-14. P9 Q8

In the sixth book about Sherlock Holmes as a young teenager, his ship lands at Galway (Ireland) after the evil Paradol Chamber shanghais him to meet great dangers and adventure in China. 169 more words

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