Category Archives: Book reviews

Lithuania

What do you know about Lithuania? I certainly didn’t know much before reading Ruta Sepetys’ books. I knew it was one of the Baltic states, taken over by the Soviet Union in the early years of World War II and kept … Continue reading

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The Birth of an American Terrorist Group

That’s the subtitle of Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s 2010 book They Called Themselves the KKK, one of the many books that has been on my mind lately. I remember hearing the author speak that year about her research for the book … Continue reading

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Spring Trends, 2016

Recently I had the opportunity to speak to two classes of education students at Otterbein University about most anticipated new books and trends in publishing for grades 4-6 and teens. It was a challenging and fun way to review the … Continue reading

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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Tonight Annie Barrows speaks for Westerville’s One Book, One Community event, so I was looking back at my thoughts on this book. I loved it, recommended it widely, bought it for friends and family of all ages (this one works … Continue reading

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Review: Applesauce

Applesauce by Klaas Verplancke My rating: 4 of 5 stars translated by Helen Mixter. Originally published in Belgium, 2010. Wonderful depiction of a loving relationship between a father and son — with all it’s ups and downs. There are times … Continue reading

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Building Our House

By Jonathan Bean Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013 Words and pictures work together to tell the story of how a family (“a strong crew of four”) build their house. Based on the true story of how the author/illustrator’s family did … Continue reading

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Review: The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari My rating: 5 of 5 stars Translated from the Italian. The prose is beautifully done; I’d love to be able to read the original Italian. A story in two parts. Yorsh (short for … Continue reading

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Liar & Spy

Anticipation. A new book by Rebecca Stead. Fabulous review by a friend on Goodreads lucky enough to have an ARC. Finding out ARCs will be available at ALA and begging a colleague to search for it while there (though didn’t … Continue reading

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The Children of Crow Cove

I’ve recently read Danish author Bodil Bredsdorff’s series, the Children of Crow Cove, which begins with The Crow-Girl (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004), translated by Faith Ingwersen. Eidi was translated by Kathryn Mahaffyin 2009, and Tink was translated by Elisabeth … Continue reading

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Thinking about revolution

China’s Cultural Revolution is a period of history I know little about.  Probably because it was happening in my childhood and in school we didn’t get much past World War II. In college I majored in International Studies, and concentrated … Continue reading

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