Category Archives: Book Review

Kid Lit Review of “The Apollo Missions for Kids” by Jerome Pohlen

This book is part of the excellent series by Chicago Review Press featuring educational content plus twenty-one related activities. The author, an engineer and former elementary school science teacher, educates kids about the groundbreaking NASA project that led to mankind’s … Continue reading

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Review of “Stepsister” by Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly, one of my favorite authors, wrote in the preface to this book that she had always been fascinated by the story of Cinderella. It was not the main character who held her interest however, but the so-called “ugly” … Continue reading

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Review of “Wherever She Goes” by Kelley Armstrong

I am still waiting not to love anything new by this author, but it hasn’t happened yet. Aubrey Finch, 30, has been separated from her husband Paul, a well-off criminal defense attorney, for six months. She only sees her three-year-old … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story” by Lesléa Newman

This picture book for children is based on the life of the author’s mother’s best friend Phyllis. It is similar to, and thus emblematic of, the stories of other immigrants who passed through Ellis Island around the turn of the … Continue reading

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Review of “Big Sky” by Kate Atkinson

This very dark Fargo-like comedic fifth entry in Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie detective series is reminiscent at times of the classic Marx Brothers movie “A Night at the Opera.” Brodie, ex-military police and ex-Cambridge Constabulary, is currently a private investigator working … Continue reading

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