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Review of “Brightly Burning” by Alexa Donne

This fun retelling of Jane Eyre for young adults has a science fiction twist. It is set in outer space on ships that left Earth after a “supervolcano” led to an ice age. No one in space knows if the … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters” by Michael Mahin

The music of Muddy Waters provided my own introduction to the blues, and I have loved that particular genre ever since. The Blues are distinguished by a 12-bar sequence played on a unique scale, involving a flatted 3rd or 5th … Continue reading

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Review of “Bellewether” by Susanna Kearsley

As in the author’s previous novels, the action moves back and forth between the present day and the past, with parallel heroines facing similar issues and encountering similar romantic possibilities. In the present day, Charlotte (“Charley”) Van Hoek, 29, has … Continue reading

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Review of “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

This novel opens at the end of the story, with the Richardson family contemplating the smoldering ruins of their house in Shaker Heights, Ohio. “‘The firemen said there were little fires everywhere,’ one of the Richardson kids said to the … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library” by Carole Boston Weatherford

This book begins with a quote by Arturo Schomburg: “The American Negro must remake his past in order to make his future. . . . History must restore what slavery took away.” The book not only tells how Schomburg helped … Continue reading

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