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Lock and Key.(Young adult review)(Brief article)(Book review)

Sarah Dessen: Lock and Key.(Young adult review)(Brief article)(Book review) Gross, Claire E. Sarah Dessen Lock and Key 430 pp. Viking 4/08 ISBN 978-0-670-01088-2 $18.99 g (High School) When social services discovers that her neglectful mother has left altogether, seventeen-year-old Ruby is placed in the care of her married sister Cora, whom she hasn’t seen in […]

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Theories of Relativity.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review)

Barbara Haworth-Attard: Theories of Relativity.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review) Capehart, Timothy Barbara Haworth-Attard Theories of Relativity 231 pp. Holt 9/05 ISBN 0-8050-7790-1 $16.95 g (High School) On Dylan’s sixteenth birthday, his hapless mother packs a bag for him and shoves him out the door. Dylan is smart, but life panhandling on the streets of the […]

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Silly Dilly Christmas Songs.(Brief Article)(Children’s Review)(Book Review)

Alan Katz: Where Did They Hide My Presents?: Silly Dilly Christmas Songs.(Brief Article)(Children’s Review)(Book Review) McCaffrey, Bridget T. Alan Katz Where Did They Hide My Presents?: Silly Dilly Christmas Songs; illus. by David Catrow 32 pp. McElderry 10/05 ISBN 0-689-86214-8 $15.95 g (Primary) In this third collection of “silly dilly” songs, Katz offers fourteen sets […]

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Louis Sachar Small Steps.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review)

Louis Sachar Small Steps.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review) Sutton, Roger Louis Sachar Small Steps 259 pp. Delacorte 1/06 ISBN 0-385-73314-3 $16.95 g Library edition ISBN 0-385-90333-2 $18.99 (Middle School) Although Sachar ended Holes (rev. 9/98) with the tease that “you will have to fill in the holes yourself,” here is a sequel of sorts, as […]

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Happy centennial, Meindert DeJong!

Happy centennial, Meindert DeJong! Hartzell, Judith My friend Meindert DeJong looked, to my mind, not unlike an old Viking, though he was really a descendant of Frisians, a Germanic tribe. Mick had a big barrel chest, broad shoulders, keen blue eyes, and an unusually large head covered with thick white hair. He loved adventure and […]

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A Memoir of a Schindler’s List Survivor.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review)

Laura Hillman: I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler’s List Survivor.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review) Bloom, Susan P. Laura Hillman I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler’s List Survivor 243 pp. Atheneum 6/05 ISBN 0-689-86980-0 $16.95 (High School) For readers of Holocaust narratives that accent […]

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All of the Above.(Young adult review)(Brief article)(Book review)

Shelley Pearsall: All of the Above.(Young adult review)(Brief article)(Book review) Sutton, Roger Shelley Pearsall All of the Above 243 pp. Little 9/06 ISBN 0-316-11524-X $15.99 g (Intermediate, Middle School) Fans of Andrew Clements’s school stories will welcome this tale about a disillusioned middle-school math teacher and a handful of kids who decide to reach for […]

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Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review)

Jordan Sonnenblick: Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie.(Brief Article)(Young Adult Review)(Book Review) Gross, Claire E. Jordan Sonnenblick Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie 273 pp. Scholastic 9/05 ISBN 0-439-75519-0 $16.99 (Middle School) Sonnenblick’s debut novel is a strikingly honest portrayal of a little boy’s struggle with cancer as witnessed by his older brother. Eighth-grader Steven is mainly […]