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1. When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, 192 pp, RL 4

  Because my mother taught fourth and fifth grade for almost two decades I have known about Judith Kerr's book When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit for almost as long as I have known about her Mog the Cat books. For some reason, though, I never put two and two together and it wasn't until I sat down to write about one of my favorite childhood books, Mog the Forgetful Cat, that I discovered that

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2. Young God

There's no way to sugarcoat the contents of this novel by debut author Katherine Faw Morris, and no reason to — it is sharp and chilling and raw, and very compelling. After witnessing her mother's death while cliff diving, 13-year-old Nikki sets out after her father and her inheritance, finding herself in situations that are [...]

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3. I Don’t Like Koala

Koala keeps popping up in all the wrong places... that is, he keeps showing up everywhere! Try as he might to get rid of the "most terrible" Koala, Adam eventually learns there may be worse things than a friend who won't leave you alone. Books mentioned in this post I Don't Like Koala Sean Ferrell [...]

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4. Uprooted

For Agnieszka, getting chosen as tribute to serve the wizard Dragon in his remote castle is the worst fate that could happen to an ordinary village girl with a stubborn streak. But things only get more complicated when her best friend is taken by a creature from the nearby corrupt Woods, and some of Agnieszka's [...]

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5. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Using the data he collected from his dating website as well as other social media sources, Harvard grad and OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder presents us with a highly readable, honest, and funny look at human behavior. From flirting demographics to marital success stats, he demonstrates our changeable yet predictable nature in a way that is [...]

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6. The Festival of Insignificance

Milan Kundera's first novel in more than 10 years is a spare, darkly comical book that explores such subjects as art, Stalin, Schopenhauer, the female navel, marionettes, death, and peeing in parks. Deceptively light, The Festival of Insignificance is as profound as it is funny. Books mentioned in this post The Festival of Insignificance Milan [...]

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7. A Book of Spirits and Thieves

A Book of Spirits and Thieves crackles with suspense and intrigue. An ancient book arrives by post and Becca's world is turned upside down. Her body falls into a coma, but her spirit travels to the kingdom of Mytica. Meanwhile, dark doings are afoot in Toronto, as Becca's sister discovers a secret society that desperately [...]

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8. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3)

Talent shows, pranks, romance, obstacle challenges, lightsaber duels... It's middle-schooler Roan Novachez's final year of Padawan training, and what a year it is. This super-satisfying third installment in the Jedi Academy series is packed with humor and excitement. Books mentioned in this post Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3: The... Jeffrey Brown New Hardcover $12.99

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9. The Oregon Trail

Rinker Buck offers a witty, fascinating account of the year he and his brother spent traveling the Oregon Trail in a mule-drawn wagon. Equal parts autobiography and travelogue, Buck writes movingly about both the original trials of the Oregon Trail and his complicated relationship with his father. Bill Bryson fans take note: Buck's blend of [...]

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10. The Mountain Story

Wolf Truly, on his way to commit suicide on a mountain peak, meets a mother, daughter, and grandmother who carry their own emotional secrets. When they get lost and stranded, all bets are off. A fast-paced, page-turning mystery set in a remote and beautiful wilderness, The Mountain Story is an unusual and ferociously addictive read. [...]

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11. Book

"This is a book. Black words on white paper." But soon those simple words morph into an explosion of imagination. Using illustrations full of dazzling detail, not to mention plenty of those black words on paper, Book celebrates the limitless possibilities found inside books. Books mentioned in this post Book David Miles New Hardcover $16.95

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12. Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac

Underneath this unlikely story of Sasquatch hunters, unicorns, ape-mothers, sea monsters, ghosts, and lifelong curses is a commentary on the important things in life: love, family, and forgiveness. Regret, childhood trauma, and obsession come into Shields's focus, and her resulting tale is amusing, with a chunk of bittersweet poignancy thrown in the mix. Books mentioned [...]

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13. Soundtrack of Macau: Roger Hobbs’s Playlist for Vanishing Games

My new novel, Vanishing Games, is a heist thriller set in the gambling city of Macau, China. I lived there briefly while researching the book and was taken aback by the incredibly eclectic sounds of the city. For those of you who have never been, let me fill you in — Macau is like Las [...]

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14. Secret Letters From 0 to10 by Susie Morgenstern, translated by Gill Rosner, 137pp RL 4

First reviewed on 11/16/08, Secret Letters from 0 + 10 left a great impression on me. A wonderful, quiet story, Morgenstern's writing is superlative. Your children will remember this book long into adulthood. Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern is a gem of a book. It turned up on the shelves of the bookstore one day and I was drawn to the cover, its length and the fact that is

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15. The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont

If I didn't know that The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont, wonderfully written by Victoria Griffith with gorgeous pictures by Eva Montanari, was a work of non-fiction, I would have thought I was reading a fascinating story about two very creative, inventive friends set in turn of the century Paris. That would be a great book. Even better than that? Finding out that these

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16. Poetry Friday: Much madness is divinest sense by Emily Dickinson

Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
'T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, - you're straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

- Emily Dickinson

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17. Minette's Feast, written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy June Bates

Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat, written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy June Bates is scrumptious! Susanna Reich clearly knows and loves her subject matter (both Julia Child and cats) and her author's note reveals a wonderful personal connection while the afterword, notes, glossary and pronunciation guide offer substance for readers who want to know more

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18. Anna and the French Kiss written by Stephanie Perkins, 384 pp, RL: TEEN

First reviewed 3/21/11, Anna and the French Kiss is the perfect YA romance, in my opinion, notable for the fact that the love interests have the opportunity (and gift) to become friends first. Thoughtful, charming and exciting, the fact that this story takes place is Paris is the ganache in the macaron... Back in December of last year when I reviewed Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by

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19. Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex

Chu's Day at the Beach is the third in a series of picture books about a little panda with big a sneeze written by  Neil Gaiman and magnificently illustrated by as master author in his own right, Adam Rex. Sometimes Gaiman's story doesn't get beyond the gag of the explosive sneeze, but Rex's illustrations are always a treat. Painterly and packed with out of the ordinary (for picture

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20. Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Bob Shea is a very funny guy. He is also a very funny guy who gets kids. Best of all, he can blend his humor with his  grasp of a child's psyche and translate it onto the page in pictures and words, which is not easy. Way back in 2010 I loved and reviewed Dinosaur vs. the Potty when it came out and read it over and over at story time. While I've been keeping up with reading Shea's books,

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21. Poetry Friday: The Mariposa Lily by Ina Coolbrith

Insect or blossom? Fragile, fairy thing,
Poised upon slender tip, and quivering
To flight! a flower of the fields of air;
A jewelled moth; a butterfly, with rare
And tender tints upon his downy wing,
A moment resting in our happy sight;
A flower held captive by a thread so slight
Its petal-wings of broidered gossamer
Are, light as the wind, with every wind astir,-
Wafting sweet odor, faint and exquisite.
O dainty nursling of the field and sky,
What fairer thing looks up to heaven's blue
And drinks the noontide sun, the dawning's dew?
Thou wingëd bloom! thou blossom-butterfly!

- The Mariposa Lily by Ina Coolbrith

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22. G+D Vintage Books: The Animals' Vacation and Mr. Wishing Went Fishing

Growing up in the 1970s, I was well positioned to enjoy picture books from my mother's childhood and, along with Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight's Eloise, Little Golden Books were always a favorite of mine. When my two oldest children were little, it was hard to find the classic Little Golden Books that I remembered, but in 2001 they reissued many of the vintage titles that I had been missing.

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23. The Argonauts

A seamless blend of memoir and cultural commentary, Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is, among many other things, a book about relentless introspection and transformation, about confronting one's own truths and biases and finding meaning in collisions big and small. Nelson explores the course of her relationship with the transgender artist Harry Dodge, along with their [...]

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24. Robert Seymour — 13 Pictures

1. Self-Portrait. My new novel, Death and Mr. Pickwick, tells the story of the origins of Charles Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Its main character is Dickens's tragic illustrator Robert Seymour, who shot himself while working on the pictures for Pickwick. Something of Seymour's troubled state of mind is surely conveyed in this self-portrait, [...]

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25. Whose Shoe? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Whose Shoe? is the newest picture book from Eve Bunting with illustrations by Sergio Ruzzier. Bunting, who was born in 1928, is the author of over 250 books and her range is impressive. In her picture books and fiction, she has written about the Los Angeles Riots, a homeless father and son living in an airport, the Vietnam Memorial and the immigrant experience. She can also write an

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