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 […]

LitStack Review: Will Sparrow’s Road by Karen Cushman

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Will Sparrow’s Road Karen Cushman Clarion Books 978-0-547-73962-5 —♦— Karen Cushman has long been my favorite middle grade historical fiction author. She’s written eight novels in this genre, including Newbery winner The Midwife’s Apprentice and Catherine, Called Birdy, which won a Newbery Honor. Until last year, all her novels featured […]

May B by Caroline Starr Rose

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May B Caroline Starr Rose Schwartz and Wade Books ISBN: 978-1-58246-393-3 — ♦ — Twelve-year old Mavis Elizabeth Betterly, May B for short, lives in a soddy on the Kansas prairie around the year 1870. Her family’s crop failed, and in order to survive financially, May’s parents hire her out to help […]