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Kid Lit Review of “Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell” by Selina Alko

The author begins by writing “Joni Mitchell painted with words. . . . The songs were like brushstrokes on a canvas, saying things that were not only happy or sad but true.” But before the songs, Alko writes, there was … Continue reading

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Review of “Shed No Tears” by Caz Frear

This is the third novel in a series featuring Detective Constable Cat Kinsella, who, at 27, is an important part of London Murder Investigation Team 4. As the story opens, Cat’s boss, DCI Kate Steele, asks Cat and her partner … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Jacob Riis’s Camera: Bringing Light to Tenement Children” by Alexis O’Neill

Jacob Riis, who became famous as a “muckraking” journalist advocating social reform, was born in Denmark in 1849. [As Wikipedia explains, the muckrakers were reform-minded investigative journalists in the Progressive Era in the United States (1890s–1920s) who exposed corruption in … Continue reading

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Review of “The Sisters of the Winter Wood” by Rena Rossner

In an Author’s Note at the end of this story, the author tells us that she was inspired in part by the experiences of her own family, who emigrated from the area on the border between the Ukraine and Moldova … Continue reading

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Review of “Zion Unmatched” by Zion Clark and James S. Hirsch

This photographic essay for readers 8 and over illustrates the amazing path taken by Zion Clark, born in 1997 without legs. Zion has refused to see his body as less than whole. As he states: “I’ve never seen myself as … Continue reading

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