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Wed, June 15th, 2011
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: The Tompkins siblings, India, Finn, and young Mouse (who makes fabulous squeaking noises) have their world turned upside down in No Passengers Beyond This Point (Dial 2011) when their mother tells them that their house has been foreclosed on and she is sending them by themselves to live with an uncle in Colorado while she finishes teaching out […]


Sat, December 18th, 2010
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I’m embarrassed to tell you how many months Lynn has been waiting for me (euphemism for “nagging me”) to read Finnikin of the Rock (Candlewick 2010). I knew it was a complex political fantasy that would take some concentration and I had planned to sink into it last summer, but life had other plans. […]


Wed, May 12th, 2010
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: One Crazy Summer is not only a description of the months ahead in the Dobrez household with a daughter fresh home from her first year of college and another graduating high school in a month. One Crazy Summer (Harper/Amistad, 2010) is the new middle grade book from Rita Williams-Garcia, who usually writes for older […]


Fri, April 30th, 2010
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: OK – let me just get this out of my system at the start. I am furious with Philip Reeve! I have PILES of books that I need to read, review deadlines and a blogging partner who was wondering quite vocally why I hadn’t passed Fever Crumb (Scholastic, April 2010) along to her. It […]


Fri, April 23rd, 2010
When the Whistle Blows: A Reprise
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Why don’t I immediately listen to Lynn when she really begs me to read a book? She wrote a solo blog for When the Whistle Blows (Philomel, 2009) last October when I hadn’t gotten to it. Everything about the premise spoke to me: stand-alone chapters that build into a cohesive novel, a complex father-son […]





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