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  1. Book Review: The Last Wild/The Dark Wild

    I read both of these books together, so I’m going to do what I rarely do and review them together. If you haven’t read the first book, you might want to stop after my review of The Last Wild, because my review of *The Dark Wild *will, of…

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  2. Cybils Awards 2014 Finalists!

    The 2014 Cybils Awards finalists have been announced! The Cybils Awards, now in our 9th year, recognize the best children’s and YA books of the year as defined by our primary criteria: kid appeal and literary merit. We are an adjudicated award, and our judges are all bloggers specializing…

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  3. Petition to Stop Gender-labeling Books

    The UK based organization Let Toys Be Toys has started a petition on Change.org to ask publishers to stop gender-labeling books. The image above shows how such labeling can send a powerful message to kids about what’s important: beauty for girls and intelligence for boys in this case.…

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  4. Book Review: Rose

    Rose by Holly Webb Synopsis: Rose is a practical girl. When the other orphans daydream about finding their parents, Rose dreams of getting a position in domestic service, of being independent, working hard, and earning a living. So when the housekeeper for a leading magician comes to the orphanage looking…

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  5. Book Review: Wolfley-O's

    Wolfley-O’s by Sallie Lowenstein On the last day of the first week of first grade, Davey doesn’t want to go back to school. The other kids pick on him, call him names, and push him down on the playground. Then he discovers an unusual box of cereal in…

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  6. Book Review: Departure Time

    Departure Time Truus Maati There is a girl, who finds herself on an empty plain just as the rain starts. She doesn’t remember how she got there, or even who she is. Seeking shelter from the rain, she finds a hotel run by a fox and a rat. There’…

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  7. Book Review: Lost in Lexicon

    Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce Illustrated by Joan Charles Spending the summer with Great Aunt Adelaide starts out great, but soon cousins Ivan and Daphne are bored in their aunt’s TV- and video-game-free home. When Aunt Adelaide sends them out to the…

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  8. Cybils Finalists: Middle-Grade Fantasy & Science Fiction

    I’m probably the last person to post these, but in case you missed them, here’s the fabulous list of Middle-Grade finalists in the Fantasy & Science Fiction category: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass Scholastic Nominated by: Maggi Idzikowski Amanda’s 11th birthday is the worst ever, and when…

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  9. Middle grade fantasy & science fiction review roundup

    I’ve been busy these days reading YA SFF for the Cybils, and haven’t had much time to read the middle grade books. If you’re looking for good fantasy or science fiction for middle grade readers, Cybils panelist Charlotte has rounded up MG SFF reviews for the week…

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  10. Book Review: Silksinger

    Silksinger Dreamdark: Book 2 by Laini Taylor Magpie Windwitch may have defeated the Blackbringer and convinced the Djinn King to return, but there’s still plenty of work to do. Accompanied by faerie Talon Rathersting, her “brothers” the crows, and Batch the scavenger imp, ‘Pie is on a quest to…

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