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2017 Middle Grade Fiction: Short Takes

Posted by Sherry on 10/11/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Apartment 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou. While skipping school, Cassie meets Cassius, an unschooled and independent spirit who is doing research on art at museums all over NYC. Cassie is dealing with her own family and personal issues, and she and Cassius become friends and allies as they discover that Callie’s family history is both surprising […]

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Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley

Posted by Sherry on 10/10/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, General |

Cassie and Kate Beasley are sisters who both write children’s fiction. They live in rural Georgia, near the swamps, hence the setting of Tumble and Blue in a rural town near the Okefenokee Swamp. Tumble and Blue is dedicated by Cassie to Kate. It seems the sisters not only share a vocation, but also are […]

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A Single Stone by Megan McKinlay

I read Laurel Snyder’s Orphan Island just after I read this book. Both books are partly about keeping the traditions that are handed down, obeying the laws of your own community, and questioning those traditions and laws. But each book comes to a very different conclusion. In Orphan Island, questioning and breaking with tradition lead […]

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Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Books in Search of a Nomination

Posted by Sherry on 10/4/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, General |

Cybils nominations are now open. These are some middle grade speculative fiction books that I’ve either read or intended to read that also have NOT yet been nominated. I believe all of the following books are eligible for this year’s Cybils nominations and fit into the middle grade speculative fiction category. Books in search of […]

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Bravelands #1: Broken Pride by Erin Hunter

Posted by Sherry on 10/2/2017 in 2017, Africa, Children's Fiction, General |

Grass-eaters, meat-eaters, scavengers, predators and prey—all live together in the grassy savannah lands of Africa, more or less peacefully, following the ancient code of Bravelands. The primary rule of the Code: Kill only to survive. But things are changing in Bravelands, first among the lions where Gallantpride, headed by the male lion Gallant, is stolen […]

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Cybils 2017 Nominations Are Now Open

Posted by Sherry on 10/1/2017 in General |

The 2017 Cybils nominations are now live! Some quick reminders: First, check out the category descriptions. If you don’t know where the book should go, please read through the descriptions to help you decide. If you’re still not quite sure, make your best guess, and the organizers can straighten things out behind the scenes. Take […]

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Saturday Review of Books: September 30, 2017

Posted by Sherry on 9/29/2017 in General, Saturday Reviews |

“Standing around the books, even books in a foreign language, you feel a kind of electricity buzzing up towards you.” ~Aravind Ardiga, The White Tiger Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime during the previous week. The review doesn’t […]

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Harvey and Me: Update #3

Posted by Sherry on 9/28/2017 in General |

Still living in Harveyland. Life has gone back to normal: people back to work, football games and homecoming parades, the businesses that didn’t flood are back in business. We’re eating and sleeping and mowing grass and checking Facebook and getting flu shots and buying pumpkins for fall. But. As many, many people have said and […]

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Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Posted by Sherry on 9/27/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

I liked Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, but I didn’t love it. I think I liked Thick As Thieves better, but I don’t really remember too much about The Thief. Set in the same world as the Queen’s Thief books, Thick as Thieves chronicles the journey of Kamet, the slave of the Mede nobleman, Nahuseresh. […]

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Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Posted by Sherry on 9/26/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Nine on an island, orphans all, Any more, the sky might fall. Nine orphan children live on an island. When the green boat brings another young child to the island, the oldest one must leave. Then, the next oldest one cares for the new little one, until it’s his or her turn to leave. That’s […]

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