Category Archives: historical

Month of Shorts

May was Short Story Month, so over the past few weeks, in addition to sampling a few anthologies, I decided to tackle all of Seanan McGuire’s Toby stories/novellas.  Some highlights: “Through This House” — in between Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea, Toby enters the … Continue reading

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Scholarly Musings: Dolphins, Wolves, and Neo-Transcendentalists (oh my!)

Well, you know November has come…when it’s gone away. (just thought I’d ease you into this very academic post with a pop culture reference :-D) Happy T(of)urkey Day, everyone! May your pumpkin pies be tasty and your tryptophan-induced comas relaxing. … Continue reading

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Cybele’s Secret

Juliet Marillier.  Cybele’s Secret.  New York: Knopf, 2008.  424 pgs. This is the sequel to Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing, set six years later and focused — seemingly — on much more this-worldly intrigues.  Paula, the second-youngest of the five dancing sisters, … Continue reading

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Picture Book Mini-Parade: anthropomorphic edition

Going with today’s theme, I’m mostly imitating each book’s own voice/style for my commentary.  And sometimes I’ll just let them speak for themselves.   Marilyn Nelson.  Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World.  … Continue reading

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Three by Scott O’Dell

My fifth-grade teacher used to hold raffles every few weeks as a reward for the students with good grades. He’d put their names in a box, and those who were picked (I don’t remember how many) got to choose from … Continue reading

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Dreams of Significant Girls

Cristina García.  Dreams of Significant Girls.  New York: Simon and Schuster BFYR, 2011.  238 pgs. To borrow again the Insatiable Booksluts‘ fun rating style, I give this book somewhere between 3.75 and 4 out of 5 Arabian stallions shipped from … Continue reading

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Of Knights and Pirates

NOTE:  The following books were free copies sent to me by Owl Kids, for review.  I received no compensation for my review, nor have I in any way been influenced by Owl Kids regarding the nature of my review. . … Continue reading

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Picture Book Parade

* EXPLORING OUR WORLD * Donna Jo Napoli.  The Crossing.  Illus. Jim Madsen.  New York: Atheneum, 2011. Napoli retells the story of Lewis and Clark from the viewpoint of Sacajawea’s son, who was a baby at the time.  Gorgeous mellow-toned … Continue reading

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Brian Selznick.  Wonderstruck.  New York:  Scholastic, 2011.  608 pages. A former wishlist book, inspired by the Waking Brain Cells review. See also the BookPage review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which describes Selznick’s early career and the inspiration for … Continue reading

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The Dreamer

Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís.  The Dreamer.  Scholastic Press, 2010 2011 Pura Belpré Award winner Neftalí Reyes is a daydreamer.  When he should be studying math, he imagines the rain washing him out to sea to become a ship … Continue reading

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