Tag: YA

Three British imports from Candlewick

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 6 Comments
Three British imports from Candlewick

I always find something I want to read in the Candlewick catalog, and among their spring/summer releases my eye was caught by three books that all turned out to have been previously published in the UK (Candlewick is part of the UK-based Walker Book Group). In other ways, though, they were quite different — not […]

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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: The Lie Tree

Posted April 29, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: The Lie Tree

Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree (2016) I think that Frances Hardinge is destined to become one of my new favorite authors. I loved The Lie Tree (as well as her previous novel, Cuckoo Song) for the interesting things she does with ideas and relationships and history and myth. Hardinge’s prose is vivid and distinctive without […]

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Reading New England: A Separate Peace

Posted January 22, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Reading New England: A Separate Peace

John Knowles, A Separate Peace (1959) Like many other adolescents, I was assigned A Separate Peace to read when I was in my early teens. Adults seem to think that a novel about teenagers in a school must necessarily be good for teenagers to read in school. For me, however, the plan backfired — I […]

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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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In Brief: New Releases for Young Readers

Posted September 15, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 10 Comments
In Brief: New Releases for Young Readers

      This fall, three of today’s brightest names in writing for children and young adults have new titles out. Even if you haven’t read their previous award-winning works, and whatever your age, these are all worth a look. Goodbye, Stranger by Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me; Liar and Spy) With its mature […]

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The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Posted December 19, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868-9)   What makes Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women immortal, when as a nineteenth-century moral story for the young it should properly have been forgotten long ago? A portion of the reading population might like to forget it, as Elaine Showalter points out in her illuminating introduction to my Penguin […]

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Witch Week Day One: Fire and Hemlock (Guest Post)

Posted October 31, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 17 Comments
Witch Week Day One: Fire and Hemlock (Guest Post)

US hardcover, Greenwillow To kick off Witch Week, we’re taking a look at Fire and Hemlock (1984), a book in which today’s date plays a very important role. It begins (after a brief prologue) when ten-year-old Polly accidentally stumbles into an ominous Halloween funeral at a nearby manor, and makes a life-changing connection to a […]

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Witch Week starts in one week!

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Witch Week starts in one week!

One week from today, I’ll be hosting Witch Week, a celebration of fantasy fiction and of one of my favorite authors, Diana Wynne Jones. If you haven’t already, please check out the announcement post and consider signing up. Then come back to ECBR on October 30 for a preview, giveaway details, and more before the […]

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