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Wed, July 23rd, 2014
Skink–No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: ‘”Hold my eye,” (Skink) said, and plucked the left one out of his face.’ By page 8 reluctant readers are going to be hooked by Hiassen’s latest mystery, Skink–No Surrender (Knopf 2014). Skink won’t be new to Hiaasen’s adult fans who may have encountered the hermit Vietnam vet, ex-governor of Florida in a half […]


Mon, July 21st, 2014
Swim, Duck, Swim! by Susan Lurie
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Swim season is upon us making Swim, Duck, Swim (Feiwel and Friends 2014) a perfect book to share. My own children took to water like, ahem, ducks to water, but not every child does. Murray Head’s close up and expressive photographs are paired with Lurie’s spare words to tell the story of a duck […]


Tue, July 15th, 2014
Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: There are times when Lynn’s and my literary tastes don’t match up, but usually when she begs me to read a book I should listen to her and respond immediately. She has been raving about The Boundless (Simon & Schuster 2014) for months, as have many other readers (it published in April so you […]


Thu, July 10th, 2014
Try This! by Karen Romano Young
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  We’ve been having a beautiful summer here in Michigan but even the best summer vacations include some rainy days.  Occupying active kids cooped up inside can be a challenge but here at Bookends, we have the answer.  Put kids’ minds and hands to work and play with science experiments!  The focus group loves science […]


Mon, July 7th, 2014
Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: “Cuando la causa es justa, los demás te siguen.” “When you fight for justice, others will follow.” This quote from Separate Is Never Equal (Abrams 2014) couldn’t have been more true. Tonatiuh brings to light a little known case about school desegregation in California that would go on to be used in the more well […]


Tue, July 1st, 2014
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: The Green Turtle superhero in The Shadow Hero (First Second 2014) is in third place for me, behind superheroes Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, the creators of yet another fabulous graphic novel for teens. Yang is no stranger to illuminating Asian history and culture through engaging graphic storytelling and this book is no […]


Tue, June 24th, 2014
HIdden by Loic Dauvillier
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  I’m starting this post with a mea culpa admission.  When I first heard about this book I was cranky.  Who would imagine they could write a book about the Holocaust that is appropriate AND understandable for a very young audience?  Not possible!  Loic Dauvillier has me eating my words. Hidden:  A Child’s Story of […]


Wed, June 18th, 2014
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  The second case for the Desperado Detective Agency snuck up on Mo and Dale “dressed in the happy-go-lucky colors and excitement of an auction.”  Miss Lana goes off to the auction of the decrepit Old Tupelo Inn to buy an umbrella stand and comes home having bought the entire property – complete with its […]


Mon, June 16th, 2014
Every Body’s Talking by Donna M. Jackson
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Here’s a nonfiction book that targets a new topic and will make an easy sell to teens. Every Body’s Talking: What We Say Without Words (Twenty-First Century Books 2014) has an eye catching cover and an appealing, colorful layout inside with large font and a combination of photographs of teens, cartoon drawings and informative […]


Fri, June 13th, 2014
What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and Friends
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  14 celebrated children’s book illustrators answer Eric Carle’s central question:  What’s Your Favorite Animal? (Henry Holt 2014).  And a wild and varied lot of animals they are!  Eric Carle leads off with his green-bean chasing cat Fifi gracing the opening spread.  Each artist follows with 2 pages for their favorite animal and each page-turn […]





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