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Kid Lit Review of “Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon” by Kelly Starling Lyons

Philip Freelon, the acclaimed African American architect, struggled with reading as a child. But while words gave him trouble, he excelled at art, math, and science. He could see images in his mind, and build them. He decided to become … Continue reading

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Review of “The Christmas Bookshop” by Jenny Colgan

Carmen Hogan is nearly 30, boyfriend-less, and still working in the department store she’d started in during high school. She feels like a failure compared to her older sister Sofia, an Edinburgh lawyer with a handsome international-lawyer husband, 3 children … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Samuel Morse, That’s Who” by Tracy Nelson Maurer

This book, subtitled “The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code” tells the story of how instant messages were first invented back in the 1800s. The author begins by pointing out for children ages 5 and up: “Back when Samuel … Continue reading

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Review of “The Darkness Knows: A Novel” by Arnaldur Indridason

I enjoyed the premise of this Icelandic crime novel. A murder victim named Sigurvin was thrown into the crevasse of Langjökull glacier, with the idea the man’s body would never be found. Alas, thanks to global warming, the glacier changed … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer

This biography of the famous scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson is part of the Step into Reading Series, specifically in the Step 3 category for grades 1-3 (appropriate for ages 5-8). Educational factoids and definitions of concepts are included. The story … Continue reading

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