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Review of “Girl in the Blue Coat” by Monica Hesse

This book set in Amsterdam in 1943 has a focus on the non-Jews of the city and how the Nazi occupation affected them. Hanneke Bakker, 18, rides her bicycle around the city trading goods in the black market. Mostly she … Continue reading

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Review of “Mapping The Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos” by Priyamvada Natarajan

There have been a number of books lately on the history of science, but most of them are very detailed – perhaps too much so for the average lay reader. This book includes just enough information to highlight the major … Continue reading

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Kid Lit Review of “Across the Alley” by Richard Michelson

This is a story about two boys who live across the alley from one another. Willie is black and Abe is Jewish. Every night, when the lights go out, the two open their windows that face each other: “During the … Continue reading

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Review of “Relativity” by Antonia Hayes

This is a cleverly plotted and well-written book. It explores the similarities between the laws of physics and the principles characterizing relationships, in telling a story about three people whose lives illustrate these correspondences. Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe is a gifted … Continue reading

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Review of “Before The Fall” by Noah Hawley

The author of this novel is the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics’ Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show “Fargo.” This story is a thriller-ish mystery but also a very clever political and social commentary. The story begins … Continue reading

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