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Archive for the 'Fiction' Category

Wed, April 23rd, 2014
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  As a life-long science fiction reader I’m always begging for science fiction that is accessible, inviting, thrilling, something other than dystopia and shorter than door-stop length.  Cecil Castellucci has galloped to the rescue.  Tin Star (Roaring Brook 2014) is exactly what I have been looking for!  Strap on your phase gun and step aboard […]

Wed, March 26th, 2014
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  “Ophelia did not consider herself brave but she was very curious.”  So Karen Foxlee introduces the heroine of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Random/Knopf 2014), eleven-year-old Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard.  Ophelia and her older sister Alice have accompanied their father to his new job as curator on an important upcoming museum exhibit in a strange […]

Fri, March 14th, 2014
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Those of you who have been following Bookends for a few years know that Big Ten basketball season brings a review or two for basketball books from Lynn (Boilermaker) Rutan and Cindy (Hoosier) Dobrez and this year is no different. Yesterday our two teams played their way out of the Big 10 tournament and […]

Wed, March 12th, 2014
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy:  I was cheering loudly when Navigating Early (Delacorte 2013) won a Printz Honor this year. It’s always fun to be in the audience at the announcement of the awards, and it’s even more fun when favorite books are honored. If you haven’t read Navigating Early, you are in for a treat. Thom Barthelmess provides […]

Wed, February 5th, 2014
Celebrating the Opposite Side of the Pond
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Cindy and I recently discovered two new books created  by European authors and published by small presses.  We love them both and are excited to share them with Bookends readers.  One of the truly nice things about publishing of late is that we are getting to see more books from authors and illustrators outside […]

Fri, January 31st, 2014
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Poor Lieutenant Selim!  All he really wants is a good cup of tea and a quiet life.  But any hope of that disappears when he delivers his report on that “heathen” in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (First Second $15.99) “Oh jailer,” she calls, “I’m escaping.”  And when she does just that, the […]

Tue, January 28th, 2014
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: This is another one of those times that I am kicking myself for leaving Lynn in the lurch on the blog. She wrote the draft for this book on December 12th and has been waiting for me to write my part. Here is her post written six weeks BEFORE this book won the 2014 Caldecott Medal […]

Sun, January 19th, 2014
45 Pounds (more or less) by K. A. Barson
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Raise your hand if you are dieting, have been on a diet, have fallen off a diet, or know an adult who struggles with weight issues? Yeah, I thought so. If we, with the wisdom of our years of experience, struggle with weight loss, weight gain, and body issues, imagine how tough it is […]

Fri, January 10th, 2014
Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  OK – let me just get this out of the way.  Monster on the Hill (Top Shelf 2013) is MONSTROUSLY fun reading.  Harrell’s England of 1867 features towns that each have their own monsters.  The monsters are a source of town pride and townspeople visit other towns, comparing monsters.  Unfortunately the residents of Stoker-On-Avon […]

Wed, December 18th, 2013
Heaven Is Paved with Oreos by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: My 7th and 8th grade girls love Murdock’s novel Dairy Queen that features D.J. Schwenk and her football-crazy dairy-farming Wisconsin family, so I was delighted to see this new companion novel that I can offer my 6th graders. Heaven Is Paved with Oreos (Houghton Mifflin 2013) introduces Sarah Zorn, best friends with D.J.’s younger […]

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