Category Archives: New Release

AN INTERVEW WITH GREGORY FUNARO

I’m pleased to start the year off with Gregory Funaro. His first book for Disney-Hyperion, ALISTAIR GRIM’S ODDITORIUM (2015), was a New York Times best seller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and his second, ALISTAIR GRIM’S ODD … Continue reading

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LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME

Kate DiCamillo always has a great main character in her books. She also makes sure to have rich secondary-characters, ones you’d welcome if they ever had their own story. And so, Louisiana Elefante, a friend of Raymie Nightingale (the title … Continue reading

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ANOTHER D FOR DEEDEE

DeeDee is a fourth grader with a growing list of problems. The family trailer burned to the ground and now they’re living in a crowded apartment. Her father disappeared at Thanksgiving. She fears he’s returned to Mexico and will never … Continue reading

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LULU THE BROADWAY MOUSE

When I saw my first musical on Broadway, the raw talent on stage won me over. I’ve returned several times and have become a big local theater goer. This new book by Broadway veteran Jenna Gavigan lets readers take a … Continue reading

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CHILDREN OF JUBILEE

WELCOME TO ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! The Children of Exile series closes with this heart pounding finale.  Each book is narrated by one of the young characters. In book one, Children of Exile, twelve-year-old Rosi, led the charge. Her … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING, JILLY P!

Racism… Shootings of black youth… Treatment of deaf and deafness… White privilege… First crush. Wow… a lot of topics to throw into one story—perhaps too many. Jilly is a white middle school girl who reflects on the happenings in her … Continue reading

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SAM WU IS NOT AFRAID OF GHOSTS

Sam doesn’t want to be known as a Scaredy-Cat. Unfortunately, he gets off to a terrible start when his first attempt at showing his true bravery goes horribly wrong. But he has a second plan to turn the tide and … Continue reading

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