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It’s a Book by Lane Smith

By Janie | February 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

It’s a Book by Lane Smith.  Roaring Brook Press, 2010.  32 pages. Reading Level: Picture book, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 10-12 and up Bottom …

RR Podcast: Kevin Twit on The Jesus Storybook Bible

By emily | February 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

It may be my freshman attempt at an interview, but Kevin Twit is no novice when it comes to focusing his listeners’ attention away from …

The King of Mulberry Street by Donna Jo Napoli

By Janie | February 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

The King of Mulberry Street, by Donna Jo Napoli. Random House, 2005, 256 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grade, Ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (Ages 10-12) …

They Don’t Write ’em Like This Anymore

By Janie | February 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

On the Blue Comet, by Rosemary Wells. Candlewick, 2010, 329 pages. Reader age 9-13. Even though Oscar’s Ogilvie’s mother is dead, he and his dad …

Behind the Bookcase, Part 1: In Search of a Hiding Place

By emily | February 6, 2011 | 3 Comments

“There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner, Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own soul. Have pity on those whose choices …

The Digital Age

By Janie | February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

We’re in it; deal. Thanks to Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android, and their promised descendents, digital publishing will eat its way like PacMan (remember PacMan?) into …

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

By Janie | January 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.  550 pages.  Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) and up …

Annexed by Sharon Dogar

By Janie | January 28, 2011 | 6 Comments

Annexed, by Sharon Dogar. Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  337 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: Ages 15-18 Bottom Line: Annexed is the fictionalized …

*Sneaky Sheep by Chris Moore

By Janie | January 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

  Sneaky Sheep, by Chris Moore. Carolrhoda, 2010.  32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: Ages 4-8, Ages 8-10 The story is …

Dystopia, Part Three

By Janie | January 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

Part One. Part Two. What’s the problem with a glut of grim, futurist fiction on the YA bookshelves? Maybe nothing. Youth is resilient, and most …