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Book List: Newbery 2014 Predictions

Update – And the Winner of the John Newbery Medal for “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature” is: “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell Honor books “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black … Continue reading

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Great Non-Fiction From Our Own Backyard: Karen Blumenthal

It’s a well-kept secret: if you want to learn the basics about a given issue/person/historical event, the best places to look are your library’s children’s and young adult departments. That’s right. There you’ll undoubtedly find concise, high-quality, visually-informative works offering … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

One of the perennial questions about a writer’s work surrounds the problem of theme and story. We all know writers who appear to come to each new work with a striking sense of discovery, the narrative seemingly completely new, original … Continue reading

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Book Review: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

In her non-fictional account, journalist Susannah Cahalan aptly describes how she suddenly developed behaviors that to all appearances were psychotic and demonic.  She sat up in bed one night foaming at the mouth spewing blood while her arms stretched out … Continue reading

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Book Review: Portrait of the Artist as a Young (Jewish) Man: “Asher Lev”

As a college English major way back when, I absorbed lectures about different novelistic techniques, including the “first person” narrator’s perspective, point of view, etc. While I didn’t retain many of the details as I rejoined the real world after … Continue reading

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