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Review: Then She Was Born

April 25, 2017


Then She Was Born By Cristiano Gentili Translated by Lori Hetherington #HelpAfricanAlbinos January 2017 315 pages Born in a small village in Tanzania, the newborn girl is albino. Unlike the rest of the dark-skinned villagers, her skin is white due to lack of melanin. Her father is horrified and blames her mother who cruelly rejects […]

Review: Not Quite Narwhal

March 3, 2017


Not Quite Narwhal By Jessie Sima Simon & Schuster February 2017 40 pages Baby Kelp emerges from a clam shell deep in the ocean with his head encircled in a clear bubble. Raised by narwhals (whales with tusks) Kelp assumes he’s one of them because he also has a tusk protruding from his forehead. But […]

Review: The Journey

October 18, 2016


The Journey By Francesca Sanna Flying Eye Books September 2016 48 pages A brother and sister lived happily with their mother and father in a beautiful city by the sea until the blackness of war spread chaos and destruction and eventually took their father. Their mother heard about a distant country with forests and mountains […]

Review: News of the World

September 20, 2016


News of the World By Paulette Jiles William Morrow October 2016 224 pages In the post-Civil War era, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is a 71-year old widower and veteran of three wars. Ever since he lost his printing business during the Civil War, he travels across north Texas making a meager living as a news […]

Review: Chasing at the Surface

September 7, 2016


Chasing at the Surface By Sharon Mentyka WestWinds Press October 2016 224 pages By all appearances, 12-year old Marisa Gage leads an enviable life with her dad on a houseboat in Puget Sound where whale watching is as common as bird watching. But her mom has left for California for unexplained reasons leaving her broken-hearted. […]

Review: The Birds

March 2, 2016


The Birds Written by Tarjei Vesaas Translated from Norwegian by Torbjørn Støverud and Michael Barnes Archipelago Books March 2016 250 pages Mattis lives with this sister Hege in a small cottage by a lake in Norway. He is 37, and she is 40 years old. Mattis loves his sister very much – maybe too much. […]

Review: When Mischief Came to Town

December 8, 2015


When Mischief Came to Town By Katrina Nannestad Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young People January 2016 192 pages Forget the comparisons to Pippi Longstocking or Anne of Green Gables, 10-year old Inge Maria Jensen is very much her own person. It’s 1911 when Inge arrives in a fishing boat on the island of Bornholm, […]