Category Archives: Book Review

Review of “Castle on the Rise” by Kristy Cambron

The Easter Rising, also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish nationalists seeking to end British rule in Ireland. Britain had controlled Ireland for some … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month Kid Lit Review of “The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science” by Joyce Sidman

As Newbery Honor-winning author Joyce Sidman explains, Maria Merian, born in 1647, loved to draw bugs from the time she was a young girl. But just drawing them wasn’t enough; she wanted to understand them as well: “With no formal … Continue reading

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Review of “Catwoman: Soulstealer” by Sarah J. Maas

Catwoman is part of the “DC Icons Series” featuring [non-graphic] novels centered around the teenage versions of Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Catwoman. This is my second one (I previously read and reviewed Wonder Woman), and I have enjoyed both … Continue reading

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Review of “Once Upon A River” by Diane Setterfield

This Gothic story infused with magical realism takes place in Radcot, Oxfordshire, England, sometime not long after 1859 (the publication date of Darwin’s Origin of Species, which figures into a plot strand pitting science against belief). The center of the … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month Kid Lit Review of “Pioneers of Science and Technology (Brilliant Women)” by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

This illustrated book for readers aged nine and up is part of the “Brilliant Women” series about women who have made their marks in fields traditionally seen as only appropriate for men. There are eight women who are featured in … Continue reading

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