A Season of Gifts

A Season of Gifts

by Richard PeckDial164 p


            Another Grandma Dowdel book from Richard Peck, but it is now 1958 and the children of A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder have grown up.   While those who enjoyed the first two books […]

Purple Heart

PURPLE HEARTby Patricia McCormickBalzar and Bray199p.

               While our country will be sending additional troops to Afghanistan, we at home must never underestimate the emotional upheaval war brings to young soldiers.  Patricia McCormick captures the confusion, pain, and contradictory feelings in the 18 year-old main character of her latest book.

Freaks and Revelations

FREAKS AND REVELATIONSA NOVELby Davida Wills HurwinLittle Brown & Co232p.

                This raw, powerful novel follows two teenagers, Doug, a Mohawk-wearing Neo-Nazi and Jason, a gay teenager living on the streets.  Both narrate the book in alternating chapters, so we have two points of view.  The book is a countdown to a […]

Now Hiring, White House Dog and First Pooch, The Obamas Pick a Pet and Which Puppy

NOW HIRING:WHITE HOUSE DOGby Gina Bazer and Renanah Lehnerillustrated by Andrew DayWalker40 p.

                               WHICH PUPPY?                          by Kate Feiffer                           illustrated by Jules Feiffer                           Simon & Schuster                           32 p.


Thanksgiving Rules

THANKSGIVING RULESby Laurie Friedmanillustrated by Teresa MurfinCarolrhodaunp

               Participants of Overeaters Anonymous should not read this book!  Percy Isaac Gifford in his P.I.G. monogrammed sweater, takes the reader through his experience of one of the most food-focused holidays of the year-Thanksgiving.               Percy and his companion dog provide ten rules for enjoying Thanksgiving beginning with […]

Most Loved in All the World

MOST LOVED IN ALL THE WORLDby Tonya Cherie Hegaminillustrated by Cozbi A. CabreraHoughton Mifflinunp.

               Add this to your collection of picture books about the underground railroad.  Hegamin tells this story in four-line stanzas from the point of view of a young girl who observes her mother.  Her mother works in the field so […]

Crossing Stones

CROSSING STONESby Helen FrostFarrar Straus Giroux184p

               This week of Veteran's Day we'll highlight a book set during the Great War, "the war to end all wars."               Crossing Stones takes place in April 1917 and January 1918 in rural Michigan.  World and national events careen in on two neighboring families-the war, the flu epidemic, […]

The Teen Vogue Handbook-An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion


               This is a highly enjoyable reference book for young people interested in fashion or in starting a career in fashion.  The lively layout of the chapters and the numerous photographs will surely appeal to the group of readers the book addresses.  Most of […]


KALEIDOSCOPE EYESby Jen BryantAlfred A. Knopf264p.

               This historical mystery is set in south Jersey in the 1960s during the height of the Vietnam War.  When Lyza's grandfather dies, he leaves her three maps, a key and a reference to a document in a local archive.  She enlists the aid of her two friends and […]

Crow Call

CROW CALLby Lois Lowryillustrated by Bagram IbatoullineScholastic Press unpaged

               Lois Lowry's first picture book is a quiet book set in the forties in rural Pennsylvania.  It is just as appropriate for today's young people since the emotions have not changed.  A young girl and her father are trying to re-establish a relationship strained by […]