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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

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

I had high hopes for Twerp when I started it.  Unfortunately, for me, I didn’t feel it fulfilled its promise to the reader.  Julian Twerski is keeping a journal in order to avoid an assignment on Shakespeare.  He has just returned from a week-long suspension for his participation in an incident he studiously avoids revealing.  … Continue reading

BLUFFTON by Matt Phelan

Bluffton is historical fiction in a graphic novel.  Henry Harrison lives in Muskegon, Michigan in the early 1900’s.  His parents own the local hardware store and Henry often works there as well.  Henry thinks life in his town is “quiet and ordinary” until the summer of 1908. In 1908 touring entertainers from the vaudeville circuit … Continue reading

THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen

I am conflicted about The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen.  I thoroughly enjoyed Nielsen’s Underworld Chronicles trilogy and was looking forward to finally having a chance to read the first in her new series.  I was put off almost immediately by the graphic nature of some of the violence.  I actually listened to the book … Continue reading

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