Publisher: Candlewick

New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Posted April 2, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
New Release Review: Bronze and Sunflower

Cao Wenxuan, Bronze and Sunflower (Candlewick, 2017) A Chinese children’s classic finally comes to the English-speaking world with this gently absorbing tale of sorrow, friendship, and growth. Set in rural China during the Cultural Revolution, it centers on the relationship between Sunflower, a city girl who has come to the country with her artist father, […]

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New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Posted October 7, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Delia Sherman, The Evil Wizard Smallbone (2016) When a book gets compared to the work of Diana Wynne Jones, I’m not sure whether to read it or not. On the one hand, there’s the hope that the reading experience will evoke the brilliant qualities of my all-time favorite fantasy author. On the other, there’s the […]

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Reading New England: Swim That Rock

Posted September 27, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Reading New England: Swim That Rock

John Rocco and Jay Primiano, Swim That Rock (Candlewick, 2014) Swim That Rock focuses largely on the most notable feature of Rhode Island’s geography: its coastline (which, as I mentioned in my state preview, covers almost 400 miles in a state less than 40 miles wide). And it dwells in loving detail on one of […]

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Reading New England: Two freedom fighters

Posted August 19, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Reading New England: Two freedom fighters

Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain (1942) M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (2006, 2008) A few weeks ago, I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where there is a room full of portraits of prominent Boston revolutionaries. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and others — […]

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New Release Review: Symphony for the City of the Dead

Posted October 2, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
New Release Review: Symphony for the City of the Dead

M.T. Anderson, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostakovich and the Seige of Leningrad (Candlewick, 2015) Using the life and work of the composer Dimitri Shostakovich as a “hook,” and specifically his masterful Seventh Symphony (the “Leningrad”), Symphony for the City of the Dead explores one of the most horrific places and times […]

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