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The Inquisitor’s Tale


The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog By Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly Published by Dutton Children’s Books Grades 5-8 Book Review “Whether you go your separate ways or stay together, you will continue to witness— against ignorance, against cruelty, and on behalf of all that is beautiful about […]

Far Far Away

Far Far Away Written by Tom McNeal Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 ISBN# 978-0-375-94972-2 Grades 6 and up Book Review Acclaimed author Tom McNeal weaves a tale both eerily familiar and hauntingly new in his first solo young adult novel, Far Far Away. Having been abandoned by a capricious mother, neglected by his ever-grieving father, and […]



Peaceweaver By Rebecca Barnhouse Random House, 2012 ISBN 978-0-375-86766-8 Grades 6-8 Book Review      As a companion to The Coming of the Dragon, a retelling of the “Beowulf” epic poem, Rebecca Barnhouse once again invites middle grade readers into the world of Scandinavia’s legends and Britain’s early medieval period. A medievalist, Barnhouse brings to life […]

ALA Pura Belpré Winner: The Dreamer


The DreamerWinner of the 2011 Pura Belpré Award Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan; Illustrated by Peter Sís Published by Scholastic Press, 2010 ISBN # 9780439269704 Grades 3 and upBook Review Neftalí’s world is filled with the wonders of nature, sensitivity of childhood, and sheer fascination with life and language. That, however, is a different world from the […]

The Moomin Books

The Moomin Books Written and illustrated by Tove Jansson Translated by Elizabeth Portch, Kingsley Hart, and Thomas Warburton Published by Square Fish, 2010; originally published in the U.S. by Henry Z. Walck, Inc., 1951 Grades 3 and up #1 Comet in Moominland, ISBN 978-0312608880 #2 Finn Family Moomintroll, ISBN 978-0141328607 #3 Moominpoppa’s Memoirs, ISBN 978-0312625436 #4 Moominsummer […]