Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Dark

A collaboration of Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen should be enough to pick up The Dark, an enticing picture book about a boy’s relationship with the dark. We all know in order to overcome our fears we need to face them; … Continue reading

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The Bear’s Song

Papa Bear settles in for hibernation while Little Bear chases a bee. Papa Bear chases after Little Bear, through the forest, into cabin country and finally smack dab in the middle of a city. We follow the bears inside an … Continue reading

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All The Earth, Thrown To The Sky

In the mood for adventure? All The Earth, Thrown To The Sky will fulfill any gangster or road trip aspirations. Set in the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl, Joe R. Lansdale touches on historical moments the way Forest Gump ended up in all the … Continue reading

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Shark Girl

When Jane’s arm is amputated due to a shark attack, she has to negotiate new aspirations and friendships, along with learning how to button her pants and make scrambled eggs. In her poems, we feel the pain, the irritation, the … Continue reading

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Xing Xing is trapped in a hard subservient life with her step-mother and step-sister during Ming China. Xing Xing’s strength never wavers; she works hard and saves her step-sister from a horrible infection by finding an ancient doctor several towns … Continue reading


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