Category Archives: Book Review

Review of “King of Scars” by Leigh Bardugo

This is the first of a new fantasy duology taking place in the author’s “Grishaverse.” [Grisha are gifted people who can manipulate matter at its most fundamental levels. They mainly employ their extraordinary abilities to help people, but their talents … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Ojiichan’s Gift” by Chieri Uegaki

Ojiichan (pronounced Oh-JEE-chan) is equivalent to “Granddad” or “Grandpa” in English, the author tells us in a small Japanese glossary at the end of this story. Mayumi van Horton, a mixed race little girl who grew up “halfway around the … Continue reading

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Review of “Inland” by Téa Obreht

This novel is set in the 1890s in the Arizona Territory, portrayed here as a harsh and violent place in which the primary law is one of survival. The imperatives of subsistence dominate the lives of the characters, who struggle … Continue reading

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Review of “The Peacock Emporium” by Jojo Moyes

This book from Moyes’ backlist seems a bit different than other books by this author; it is darker in ways, and fewer of the characters are likable. On the other hand, they are portrayed in such a realistic way that … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “John Brown: His Fight for Freedom” by John Hendrix

Writer and illustrator John Hendrix relates the life of controversial abolitionist John Brown via a picture-book biography for middle graders. He begins in 1840, when John and his family lived in Hudson, Ohio – “a great center of the abolitionist … Continue reading

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