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Review of “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok

I loved this story about 11-year-old Kimberly Chang and her “Ma” who came from Hong Kong to Brooklyn in search of a better life. Kim’s wealthy Aunt Paula paid for their passage to America, and set them up in a … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month Kid Lit Review of “I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark” by Debbie Levy

The author begins her story by showing, on one side of the 2-page spread, the future Supreme Court Justice, born in 1933, as a disputatious young girl. On the other, we see her as a much older disputatious justice. She … Continue reading

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Review of “Himself” by Jess Kidd

This combination of murder mystery, James Joyce short story, Irish bar yarn, and folklore is very charming. But what stands out most for me are the occasional soaring flights of Irish-infused prose that have an extraordinary power of both conjuring … Continue reading

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Review of “Maid of the King’s Court” by Lucy Worsley

This book by the popular British television historian Lucy Worsley was first published in Britain in 2016 as Eliza Rose. It tells the story of Elizabeth (“Eliza”) Camperdowne, a fictional cousin of Katherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII. … Continue reading

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Review of “The Last Quarrel” by Duncan Lay

This is the first book of a fantasy trilogy that takes place in the lands of Gaelland (loosely, Ireland), and the Kotterman Empire (loosely, the Ottoman Empire). It begins in Gaelland in the sea town of Baltimore. [In real life … Continue reading

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