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LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver

The best word I have for Liesl & Po is “lovely.”  I loved the story.  Although it never specifically identifies a time period, it seems very clear that it’s probably around Victorian times in Europe.  There is a Lady Premier, an Alchemyst, an Innkeeper, and an evil stepmother–as well as “the most powerful magic in … Continue reading

HEART OF A SAMURAI by Margi Preus…a 2014-15 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Heart of a Samurai was my 6th grade son’s choice for our bedtime reading since it is a Lovelace Division II (grades 6-8) nominee this year.  Our entire family was drawn into the story of Manjiro.  His story begins when, as a 14-year-old boy, he and four other fishermen are caught in a terrible storm and shipwrecked on … Continue reading

REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles

I am split in my opinion of Deborah Wiles’ Revolution.  The main character is Sunny, a 13-year-old white girl living in Greenwood Mississippi in the summer of 1964.  14-yr-old Raymond Bullis, a young black man living in the Baptist Town–the “colored” area of the small city occasionally trades narrations with Sunny.  Sunny lives with her … Continue reading

UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana

Armani can’t wait for her 10th birthday and it’s almost here!  The day before her birthday their next door neighbors pack up their possessions and leave.  The father instructs Armani and her brother Georgie to tell their father that they should evacuate as well.  Armani begs her brother not to say anything until after her birthday party … Continue reading

BREATHING ROOM by Marsha Hayles…a 2014-15 LOVELACE nominee…Division II

Breathing Room is the story of Evvy Hoffmeister, a 13-year-old girl who is placed at the Loon Lake Sanitorium for tuberculosis in 1940 in Minnesota.  The author grew up in Rochester, MN and her father was a pediatrician at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic there.  Her feel for the area and the topic are evident in the genuineness … Continue reading

LANTERN SAM AND THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS by Michael D. Beil

Lantern Sam is a dual narrative:  one part told by 10-year-old Henry Shipley and one told in flashback by Lantern Sam (a male calico cat).  Henry’s narration relates the events on the Shoreliner (a famous express train taking passengers from New York to Chicago–960 miles–in less than 20 hours) in 1938 when he and Sam first … Continue reading

SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS by Laura Amy Schlitz

Splendors and Glooms was a surprise.  I had started it on three separate occasions and couldn’t get into it.  I kept seeing it on book and reader lists so I made myself try again.  I still feel it takes too long to get into the story but I am glad I finally did. It takes place … Continue reading

ICEFALL by Matthew Kirby…2014-15 LOVELACE nominee Division II

I loved Matthew Kirby’s The Clockwork Three, so when I saw Icefall come up on the Lovelace nominee list I was thrilled! The book cover seemed to indicate the story would take place in a bleak northern landscape with fjords and Viking warriors–maybe Norway hundreds of years ago–and somehow I got the impression from the book … Continue reading

THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT: A DICKENS OF A TALE by Carmen Agra Deedy

  The subtitle “A Dickens of a Tale” is what actually caught my eye.  A longtime fan of the work of Charles Dickens I was intrigued by the inclusion of his name in the title.  The historical figure of Charles Dickens does appear in The Cheshire Cheese Cat as a minor character with a few … 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

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