LitStack Review: Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

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Universal Harvester John Darnielle Ferrar, Straus and Giroux Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-0-37428-210-3 Full disclosure:  I grew up in Iowa, so John Darnielle’s new novel Universal Harvester has home field advantage in a play for my loyalty. After all, I already knew that Nevada, Iowa is pronounced Neh-VEY-dah, so I had the inside [….]

LitStack Review: Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan

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Biggie   Derek E. Sullivan Albert Whitman & Company Release Date:  March 1, 2015 ISBN 978-0-8075-0727-8 Henry Abbott is 16 years old, and a 10th grader at Finch High School in the little town of Finch, Iowa, where he gets straight As.  He works four nights a week at Bob’s Food and Fuel.  He has [….]

LitStack Review: Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Zombie Baseball Beatdown Paolo Bacigalupi Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Release Date:  September 10, 2013 ISBN 0-316-22078-7 I wonder what motivated Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Paolo Bacigalupi to write a monster creature book geared at middle school kids.  Just what would have possessed the man who wrote the harrowing and taunt dystopian [….]

Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann

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Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere Lucas Mann Pantheon Books First Edition: May 7, 2013 ISBN 978-0-307-90754-7 Nick Franklin, a rookie second baseman with the Seattle Mariners who was just called up on May 27 from AAA Tacoma, is off to a very good start in his first month with the club.  As [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Nameless Teacher I Never Forgot

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This week, our editor Tee assigned a Staff Pick for us to write about our favorite teacher, or the one who taught us our most valuable lesson, in honor of National Teacher’s Appreciation Week.  I wrote about Mr. Gieselman, my 6th grade teacher, who read The Hobbit out loud to a rambunctious class, and awakened [….]