Monthly Archives: July 2012

Review: The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis. Amulet Books, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Contemporary Realism with a dash of fantasy Face Value: Beautiful. This cover invites you in and perfectly reflects the austere tone of the book. The rose surrounded by ice … Continue reading

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Review: Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee, Illustrated by Tony Fucile

Bink & Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fucile. Candlewick Press, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Picture book/easy reader. Face Value: Stunning. The eager faces! The mysterious crystal ball and hands creeping from the foreground! … Continue reading

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Review: Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway. Bloomsbury, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Face Value: Standard. This cover is totally unexceptional. It looks like it could be almost any generic middle grade fantasy to come out in the past five … Continue reading

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Review: Huge by Sasha Paley

Huge by Sasha Paley. Simon & Schuster, 2007. Currently available. Genre: YA Realistic Fiction Face Value: I like the bold statement of the blocked out s’more on the cover. The cover image has a bit of sarcasm, which forecasts the biting … Continue reading

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Review: Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott. Candlewick, 2011. Currently Available. Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling Face Value: For the most part, I like this cover (top) The girl’s face is identifiably Japanese (sadly, not always a guarantee), and we … Continue reading

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Review: The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci & Nate Powell

The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci & Nate Powell. Roaring Books Press, 2012. Currently available. Genre: Graphic Novel Fiction Face Value: What a spectacular cover. The fierce young Medusa on the cover glares right at you from her … Continue reading

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel & Friends, 2012. Currently Available. Genre: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling Face Value: It’s definitely striking. It’s this cover that caught my eye ages ago, and drew me to the book in the first place. … Continue reading

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Dear America Review: With the Might of Angels by Andrea Davis Pinkney

With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Scholastic, 2011. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction from the Dear America series Face Value: As Brianna pointed out, these recent reissues of … Continue reading

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Dear America Review: The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson

The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 by Kirby Larson. Scholastic, 2010. Currently available. Genre: Historical fiction from the Dear America series Face Value: This is the first book from the 2010 relaunch of the … Continue reading

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Dear America Review: Dreams in the Golden Country by Kathryn Lasky

Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 by Kathryn Lasky. Scholastic Inc, 1998. Currently Available. Genre: Historical Fiction from the Dear America series Face Value: The interesting thing about … Continue reading

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