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      • Sporks and Spoons
        submitted by Natalie

        Spoon by Amy Krauss Rosenthal
        Hyperion 2009

        ďAll my friends have it so much better than me.Ē Who hasnít sang that song at least once or twice?

        This feeling of incompleteness is at the center of our story, where young Sp

      • Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
        submitted by Tony

        Comics, horror, noir crime, sword and sorcery, and YA lit are all brought to the fore in Michael Chabonís Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands . This collection of short essays riffs on the gamut of genre fiction, finding in

      • Award Winners!
        submitted by Caren

        Once a year, lovers of books for children await the announcement of the American Library Associationís youth media awards with as much anticipation as filmgoers reserve for the Oscars. I thought I would use this post to talk about a few of the winners. The complete lis

      • Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
        submitted by Jennifer

        Cat Coming Home is the sixteenth in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's mystery series featuring the tail-less feline sleuth Joe Grey. If you're already a Joe Grey fan, you'll be familiar with Molina Point California and itsí denizens. T

      • The Bomb by Howard Zinn
        submitted by Justin

        The last work I read by Zinn having been his 752-page tome A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present , Zinnís The Bomb came as a succinct, 91-page surprise. Sometimes promoted as his last book, The Bomb is a collecti

      • The Alehouse Murders by Marueen Ash
        submitted by Luke

        Set at the start of the 13th century, The Alehouse Murders by Maureen Ash is the first in the Templar mystery series. In this opening tale, Bascot de Marins, a Templar Knight has recently returned to England after eight years as a Saracen captive. While imp

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