Category Archives: children’s consideration

Review: Tuesdays at the Castle

George, Jessica Day. Tuesdays at the Castle. New York: Bloomsbury, 2011. Grades 3-6. Princess Celie is the Castle favorite. The capital C is significant, for not only do all the inhabitants of the royal castle of Sleyne love Celie, the … Continue reading

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Review: Three Times Lucky

Turnage, Sheila. Three Times Lucky. New York: Dial, 2012. Grades 4-7. Let me preface this commentary by stating that I love Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. There is a reason Miss Lee’s only novel leads all others in voting for the Best … Continue reading

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Review: A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

Pena, Matt de la. A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. New York: Dial, 2011. Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, fought Max Schmeling for the first time in 1936 and was knocked out in … Continue reading

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Review: The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of ’41

Bildner, Phil. The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of ’41. Illustrated by S. D. Schindler. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011. Numbers and stats are important to sports fans, and perhaps … Continue reading

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Review: Dead End in Norvelt

Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2011. What was the Newbery Committee thinking? I wanted to like this book, no… I wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be so fantastic that … 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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