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Kid Lit Review of “Wild Ideas” by Elin Kelsey

The author of this book has a PhD in environmental science education, and works magic in this overview of the ways in which animals employ problem-solving strategies to navigate through the world. She explains in her note: “Problems are a … Continue reading

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Review of “Lethal White” by Robert Galbraith

This is the fourth book in the very entertaining detective series by J.K. Rowling using the pen-name of Robert Galbraith. It begins immediately after the previous book, Career of Evil, ended, i.e., at the wedding of Robin Ellacott. Robin is … Continue reading

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Review of “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel” by Hank Green

The talented brothers John and Hank Green are smart, insightful, and funny. John has already proven he is also an excellent novelist. Hank might have a way to go yet, although he shows promise with this book. I thought passages … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Isle of You” by David LaRochelle

This book for very young children is sort of a kinder, gentler analogue to Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The little girl who is the protagonist has gone to bed, but can’t sleep: “Was today a hard … Continue reading

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Review of “If You Leave Me” by Crystal Hana Kim

This novel begins in 1951 in a refugee village during the Korean War. Haemi is 16 and helps her mother take care of her little brother Hyunki, who struggles with breathing. Her father died laboring in the mines for Japan … Continue reading

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