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Let’s get this out in the open: “Rusty Summer” is OK. A six out of 10, just slightly better than middling. In its favor, I liked the characters in this book; they’re all decent people, the kind you’d want in your corner. I was truly drawn to their good hearts. What I didn’t like was the overabundance of slang here.
His guide, Thelma Rudd, confirmed it. Oliver, known as “Boo” to his classmates because of his pale-pale skin, had been “rebirthed.” He’d “passed” into this place everyone called “Town,” where he’d forever be 13 years old, skinny and non-athletic.
Starting with the fall semester of high school, mother-daughter authors Margo Ewing Woodacre and Steffany Bane Carey walk readers through everything from choosing a college, studying for SATs and packing for the big move, all the way through secondary education and for a year or two beyond in “I’ll Miss You Too.”
In the new book “The Red Bicycle” by Jude Isabella, illustrated by Simone Shin, one boy’s outgrown bike becomes another child’s treasure.
Even kids who are brimming with self-confidence will understand how Fergus Pig feels when presented with someone who seems to outshine him.
With a starting point of a basic princess story, author Betsy Schow moves with lightning speed through just about every fairy tale and fantasy story you can remember.
“A Sky of Diamonds” explains the basic grieving process through the eyes of a little girl who’s suffered a big loss.
A book leads four youths on an out-of-body adventure in “The Trap.”
In the new book “Lizzie and the Last Day of School” by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Kris Aro McLeod, an ending is just a beginning.
What happens when a celebration occurs and a child is absent the “right” parent to laud? Miriam B. Schiffer gives her main characters a nice fix for what could be an upsetting day in “Stella Brings the Family.”
Pick up your toys, please.
Born a few days before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began, Neil deGrasse Tyson likes to say he’s the same age as NASA. By the time he was 9 years old, he was “in love with the night sky” and at 11, he knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist.
Born into a well-to-do Connecticut family, Juliette Magill wanted more from life than most girls got in the early 1800s. Young women then were expected to stay home rather than attend school, but Juliette wanted an education. Her parents agreed and sent her to the Troy Female Seminary, which was one of America’s first schools for girls.
The aquarium withstood the winds and water of Hurricane Katrina but it was dark in there, and there was no electricity to cool things down. All the penguins complained but Patience, the oldest penguin there, kept them all “in line.” It was important to be patient, but where was Tom the Keeper?
You’ll do anything and work hardest to make sure that you’re not finishing last. It’s all or nothing for you, and in the new book “Stealing the Game” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, it’s about more than how you play the game.
Hearing, smelling, feeling: those are three of the five senses you might use every day. And in the new book “Nadine, My Funny and Trusty Guide Dog” by Carol Chiodo Fleischman, illustrated by Stephanie Ford, one woman “sees” with the help of four furry feet.
You can be anyone, anywhere — all you have to do is think it. And in the new book “The Imaginary” by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett, even adults pretend, although that’s not always good.
Few know the truth about Josephine Baker’s life. Author Peggy Caravantes admits that she “struggled” in researching this memoir — and that admission, right from the beginning, sets the tone of “The Many Faces of Josephine Baker.”
From bird anatomy to habitat and volunteer opportunities, children will find a good overview of birds and bird watching in “Birdology” in terms that challenge them but won’t frustrate them.
When teenager Alice Mitchell met slightly younger Freda Ward at the Higbee School for Young Ladies in Memphis, nobody was surprised that they became close. In the 1890s, it was common for “proper American women” to enjoy friendships with other women that included sleepovers and deeply affectionate gestures. In Memphis, they called it “chumming,” and it was perfectly normal. But Alice and Freda took their friendship further: They fell in love.
When an animal in the wild gets hungry, there aren’t a lot of options. It’s not like they can go to the grocery store, right? No, they have to catch their supper, and while nature’s given some of them speed and claws to do that efficiently, potential meals have a few tricks on their side, too.
For any adult who’s too young to remember Loving v. Virginia (or any child who wasn’t born then), “The Case for Loving” is a very informative, eye-opening book.
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