Litstack Rec: Earn It! and Viva Frida

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Earn It! by Cinders McLeod This is the perfect gift for young readers on your list, because it’s never too soon to learn financial literacy. Knowing how money works, and having the skills to make informed decisions about personal money matters, is said to be a concept best started early. The financial wisdom runs that [….]

LitStack Review: Earn It! by Cinders McLeod

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Earn It! by Cinders McLeod (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017) Teaching children financial literacy—knowing how money works and having the skills to make informed decisions about personal money matters—is said to be a concept best started early. The financial wisdom runs that parents should introduce the subject when children are young, and talk often, keeping an [….]

Blog Tour: The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson

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The Secrets of Solace Jaleigh Johnson Delacorte Books for Young Readers Release Date:  March 8, 2016 ISBN 978-0-385-37648-8 Jaleigh Johnson has written an absolutely delightful youth fantasy book with The Secrets of Solace.  Although it is geared for children as young as 10 years old, its themes of friendship, family, and believing in yourself will [….]

LitStack Review: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Blackbird Fly Erin Entrada Kelly Greenwillow Books ISBN 978-0-06-223861-0   In Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Apple Yengko is a typical American adolescent. Except that she is Filipino. And she is ranked number three on the mean boys’ Dog Log, a hypothetical list of the ten ugliest girls at Chapel Spring Middle School. Apple and [….]

Flash Review – The Book With No Pictures

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The Book With No Pictures B. J. Novak Dial Books for Young Readers Release Date:  September 30, 2014 ISBN 978-0-803-74171-3 Such a simple idea.  Such a hilarious result. From the comedic mind of B. J. Novak (best known as Ryan the Intern on NBC Television’s “The Office”, for which he was also a writer, director [….]

LitStack Review: Alliance – The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 by Mark Frost

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Alliance: The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 Mark Frost Random House Release Date:  January 7, 2014 ISBN 978-0-375-87046-7 Adventure/fantasy lit for young readers is really hot right now.  Really hot.  I’m not talking the young adult supernatural vampires and werewolves or zombies material – I mean stories where kids, sometimes barely into their teens, are thrust [….]

Banned Book Review: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin. Illustrated by Eric Carle. In February of 2010, the Texas Education Board made one of the more embarrassing blunders in the annuals of book banning. In their eagerness to protect their constituency from an obscure Marxist theorist, they mistakenly banned a children’s picture [….]

Banned Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Coraline Neil Gaiman Harper Entertainment ISBN-10: 0061649694 My first encounter with Coraline was with the movie, an unusual occurrence for me — usually the reverse is true. I thought it was atmospheric, quirky, a teensy-bit scary (even for me, a-totally-fully-grown-and-not-at-all-afraid-of-disembodied-hands adult), and creative. Then, of course, I had to read the Neil Gaiman’s book. Which [….]

LitStack Review: Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

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Prisoner 88 Leah Pileggi Charlesbridge Publishing ISBN: 978-1-58089-560-6 In 1885, a ten-year-old boy named James Oscar Baker was convicted of manslaughter and placed in the Idaho Penitentiary. Author Leah Pileggi wondered what it must have been like for James, a mere child, surrounded by convicts in the difficult world of prison life. She based her [….]

Doll Bones by Holly Black

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Doll Bones Holly Black Margaret K. McElderry Books First Edition:  May 7, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4169-6398-1 Now this is the kind of horror story I wish was around when I was a kid.  Instead, I got to obsess on flying monkeys. Zachary Barlow is 12 years old, and even though his body is growing by leaps [….]