November 14, 2018

What roadkill can teach us

Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at RoadkillSomething Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill 
by Heather L. Montgomery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Disgustingly fascinating.



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October 24, 2018

Monster Creator


Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created FrankensteinMary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein 
by Lita Judge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


There are a couple of picturebook biographies of Mary Shelley, each describing the night she conceived her monster.* But those stories are too simplistic. Judge's book dives more thoroughly into Shelley's life and in doing so, reveals how the accumulation of loves and tragedies helped in the shaping of her influential novel. The story is made even more powerful by the use of free verse and darkly emotive drawings.


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*The picturebooks mentioned are She Made a Monster, by Lynn Fulton, which uses fiction to further dramatize events, and Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey. Bailey uses her author's note to include more details about the Shelley's life and the night in question. The illustrations are scarier too, making this the better book.


April 11, 2018

Goalie superstar

Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar GoaltenderCarey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender 
by Catherine Rondina

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A brief, yet thorough biography that emphasizes not only Price's success as a goaltender, but his success off the ice as well. The book's clarity and length are ideal for young readers, as is its trim size - it actually feels good to hold. With just the right amount of interesting facts and stats, this book is appealing for all sports fans.





March 21, 2018

Words of wisdom

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem RenaissanceOne Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance 
by Nikki Grimes

My rating : 5 of 5 stars


Nikki Grimes is simply a wonderful poet. Highly highly recommended. Here's why:


From the first line of Calling Dreams by Georgia Douglas Johnson, Grimes has crafted the following gem:

The Sculptor

No accident of birth or race or place determines the
scope of hope or dreams I have a right
to. I inventory my head and heart to
weigh and measure what talents I might use to make
my own tomorrow. It all depends on the grit at my
disposal. My father says hard work is the clay dreams
are molded from. Yes. Molded. Dreams do not come.
They are carved, muscled into something solid, something true.




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February 26, 2018

The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their LivesThe 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives 
by Dashka Slater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an important book. A true story, it will leave you questioning the youth criminal justice system, children's rights, gender identity, racism, and inequality. A journalist, Slater writes clearly and distinctly, with empathy and compassion towards both sides. 

Highly recommended.



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October 11, 2017

The right to an education

Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to SchoolFight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School 
by Laura Scandiffio

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Children and teens battle poverty, discrimination, violence, and inequality in order to go to school. An inspiring call to action.



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October 4, 2017

The decline of a big bird

The Tragic Tale of the Great AukThe Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
by Jan Thornhill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Very well-told.



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