Monthly Archives: April 2012

Review: Jefferson’s Sons

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. Jefferson’s Sons. New York: Dial, 2011. Grades 6-9. I have always been puzzled by the paradox of Thomas Jefferson. How the man who penned “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, … Continue reading

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Review: Small as an Elephant

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. Small as an Elephant. New York: Candlewick, 2011. Jack Martel is an unreliable narrator, not because he lies to readers, but because he lies to himself. When Jack crawls out of his tent on the first morning … Continue reading

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Review: How They Croaked

Bragg, Georgia. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. Illustrated by Kevin O’Malley. New York: Walker, 2011. I have no doubt that students will like this book, but I found it annoying for several reasons. First, I … Continue reading

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Review: Divergent

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2011. Chicago in the distant future is a fractured society whose population has split into five factions according to their values. Those belonging to Abnegation are selfless; Amity members value peace and … Continue reading

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Review: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

O’Reilly, Bill and Martin Dugard. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever. New York: Holt, 2011. I have long been fascinated and appalled by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. I have read many books and articles about it, … Continue reading

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