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Review of “Gem & Dixie” by Sara Zarr

Gem, 17, and Dixie, 14, are two sisters who live in Seattle with extremely dysfunctional parents. The dad is currently absent and the mom is just barely around; she drinks, takes drugs, brings home boyfriends, and hardly provides for the … Continue reading

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Review of “By the Book” by Julia Sonneborn

Note: Slight spoilers if you don’t know the story of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Retellings are difficult. For one thing, fans of the original already know the story, so the plot arc is predictable. A lot of innovation is required to … Continue reading

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Review of Woodstock-Themed Journals for the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival

Woodstock was an iconic music festival held between August 15 and 17 in 1969 on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. The farm was actually 43 miles southwest of the town of Woodstock, but it … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Young, Gifted and Black” by Jamia Wilson

The subtitle of this book is “Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past and Present,” with author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins introducing us (or reacquainting us) with 52 visionary leaders from black history. In the opening “Welcome” to the … Continue reading

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Review of “The Music Shop” by Rachel Joyce

This tribute to vinyl records, neighborhood music shops, and preservation of community takes a big risk, because Michael Chabon’s book Telegraph Avenue covers the same ground, albeit in New York City rather than in a small town in England. Going … Continue reading

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