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Short review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste 240 pages Published in April 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers Source: Public Library The other kids in Corrine La Mer’s small Caribbean village may believe in jumbies, but she doesn’t. Who would really believe in fairy-like … Continue reading

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Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano 213 pages Published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press Source: I bought it English artist William Morris once … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods: Stories by Emily Carroll 208 pages Published in 2014 by McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Source: Public Library You guys have probably noticed that I haven’t posted a review in months. That’s because I … Continue reading

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Review: The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman and Eddie Campbell

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All KindsWritten by Neil GaimanIllustrated by Eddie Campbell74 pagesPublished in 2014 by William Morrow In Neil Gaiman’s, The Truth is a Cave … Continue reading

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Review: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Ruby Cynthia Bond 352 pages Published in April 2014 by Hogarth Source: Publisher I didn’t have any interest in reading Cynthia Bond’s Ruby until I read the author’s bio. When I read how the author used to teach writing to … Continue reading

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Review: Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter

Losing Touch Sandra Hunter 224 pages Published in July 2014 by OneWorld Publication Source: Publisher “There is some pain you cannot breathe through.” When I read Sandra Hunter’s Losing Touch, I found out that it’s a book of small moments. … Continue reading

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Review: The Day I Became an Autodidact

The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies that Befell me Thereafter Kendall Hailey 288 pages Published in January 1989 by Delta Source: Public library A few days ago, I started reading The Day I Became … Continue reading

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Review: My Real Children by Jo Walton

My Real Children Jo Walton 320 pages Published in May 2014 by Tor Books Source: Public Library If there were two worlds, then what caused her to slide between them? They weren’t two times as they were for Charlotte. It … Continue reading

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Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman 384 pages First published in 2005 by HarperCollins Source: Personal library It begins, as most things begin, with a song. In the beginning, after all, were the words, and they came with a tune. That was … Continue reading

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Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Leslye Walton 320 pages Published in March 2014 by Candlewick Press Source: Public Library “To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered … Continue reading

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Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

An Untamed State Roxanne Gay 368 pages Published: May 2014 by Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Source: Publisher Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men … Continue reading

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Review: Mr. Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo

Mr. Loverman Bernadine Evaristo 320 pages Published in April 2014 by Akashic Books Source: Publisher “If I had more courage, I would hold Morris’s hand for, say, one second. All-a my life I’ve watched couples holding hands, walking arm in … Continue reading

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Short short reviews: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Cress

Cress Marissa Meyer 550 pages Published in February 2014 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Personal Library Genre: YA, fantasy and science fiction I picked up Cress after enjoying the first two books in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. Also in an … Continue reading

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Review: Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Why Don’t Students Like School? : A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means For the Classroom  Daniel T. Willingham 180 pages Published in March 2009 by Jossey-Bass Source: Public Library In Why Don’t … Continue reading

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Ghost Stories: Violet Kupersmith’s The Frangipani Hotel

The Frangipani Hotel: Stories Violet Kupersmith 248 pages Set to be released on April 1, 2014 by Spiegel & Grau Source: Publisher But as we watched, we realized that the thing approaching us was not a boat after all. I … Continue reading

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Review: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi

L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food Roy Choi with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan 320 pages Published in November 2013 by Anthony Bourdain Books, an imprint of Ecco Books Source: Public Library   Up until that moment, I … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels Review: Fables Vol. 19 Snow White, Tommysaurus Rex, and The Lost Islands

Explorer: The Lost Islands Edited by Kazu Kibuishi 128 pages Published in 2013 by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams Source: Public Library Audience: Middle Grade Explorer: The Lost Islands is an anthology of graphic shorts (short stories in graphic … Continue reading

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The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Steir

The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT Debbie Steir 238 pages Published in February 2014 by Harmony Books, an imprint of Harper Source: Publisher So here I was, five months in and back to square one: confused, confronting … Continue reading

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi 320 pages Being published by Riverhead Books on March 6, 2014 Source: From a blogger friend “Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel February, Part One

It’s the middle of the month, so it’s time for posted about the graphic novels I’ve read. Graphic Novel February has been a wonderful idea. If it wasn’t for graphic novels and children’s books, I wouldn’t have any books finished … Continue reading

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Thoughts: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

August: Osage County Tracy Letts 138 pages Published in 2008 by Theatre Communications Group Source: Personal Library Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama A few years ago, I had this wonderful idea to read as many Pulitzer-Prize winning … Continue reading

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Short Review: God got a dog by Cynthia Rylant

God got a dog Written by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Marla Frazee 48 pages Published in October 2013 by Beach Lane Books Source: Public Library I didn’t know what to expect from Cynthia Rylant’s latest book, God Got a Dog. … Continue reading

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Review: The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Golden Day Ursula Dubosarsky 150 pages Published in August 2013 by Candlewick Press Source: Public Library These things were too deep and difficult for the little girls. After all, they knew nothing of wives or armies or desert tribes. … Continue reading

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Review: The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart

The Visionist Rachel Urquhart 352 pages Published in January 2013 by Little, Brown and Co. Source: Publishers It had been but a few hours since her father had threatened them. Had he come at Mama with a shovel? Crept in … Continue reading

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Thoughts: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett 320 pages Published in November 2013 by Harper Source: Public Library …You will take bits from books you’ve read and movies you’ve seen and conversations you’ve had and stories friends … Continue reading

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DNF: The Color Master by Aimee Bender

The Color Master Aimee Bender 222 pages Published in August  2013 by Doubleday Source: Public Library   Andi, Andi, Andi. Remember when I saw The Color Master on NetGalley and had to tell you about it? Then you read it … Continue reading

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Short review: Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Survival Lessons Alice Hoffman 83 pages Published October 1, 2013 by Algonquin Books Source: Publisher . . .Then I knew. Good fortune and bad luck are always tied together with invisible, unbreakable thread. It happens to everyone, in one way … Continue reading

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Review: Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life by Karen Karbo

Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life Karen Karbo 240 pages October 2013 by Skirt! Source: Publisher In the summer of 1946, Julia McWilliams and Paul Child drove across America. A bottle of vodka and a thermos of mixed martinis … Continue reading

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Review: The Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings

The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling Quinn Cummings 230 pages Published in 2012 by Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Source: Public Library I was hiding in the laundry room fighting off a full-blown panic attack. If long … Continue reading

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Short review: Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas Written by Jim Ottaviani Illustrated by Maris Wicks Published in 2013 by First Second Books 139 pages Source: Public Library In Primates, Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks tell … Continue reading

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