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GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN by Alicia D. Williams

After finishing Genesis Begins Again I wanted to live with the experience of reading it for a day or two before I wrote a review. I have now had the opportunity to do just that. Genesis is thirteen years old.  We first meet her as she is coming home from school–bringing friends with her for … Continue reading

B.U.G. [BIG UGLY GUY] by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple

B.U.G. is extraordinarily successful blending of contemporary realistic and fantasy fiction.  In addition to the seamlessly interwoven genres the story embodies the themes at the heart of every individual–particularly young people–trying to decide who we are when overwhelmed by feelings and circumstances. Sammy is bullied mercilessly at school–both physically and emotionally.  His only solace is … Continue reading

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick

Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick is a skillful melding of contemporary realistic and historical fiction.  At its core this is a story about healing.  We meet our main character as he is regaining consciousness in the hospital.  Within the first few pages we know Rich is the teenaged son of older parents.  In those … Continue reading

MARIA VON TRAPP: BEYOND THE SOUND OF MUSIC by Candice F. Ransom

I loved The Sound of Music from the first time I saw the movie–and countless viewings later I still love it.  When my mother told me that it was a true story, that Maria and the Captain, their children and their escape from Austria and the Nazis were actual people it enhanced the connection I … Continue reading

JOHN LITHGOW’S PICTURE BOOKS

Perhaps better known to adults for his stage and screen work, actor John Lithgow has an amazing body of work for children.  His picture books are some of my (and my children’s) absolute favorites! Topping the list for me is The Remarkable Farkle McBride.  The story centers around a young boy who is a musical … Continue reading

THE RISING STAR OF RUSTY NAIL by Lesley M. M. Blume

This was one of my accidental finds at the library.  I was looking to check out some of the Superfudge books by Judy Blume (for the hundredth time because my children love reading and re-reading them) and this wonderful book was alphabetically next to Judy Blume’s work on the shelf. The cover was a piano … Continue reading