passion of dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. Viking, 2016, 446 pages Reading Level: Young Adult, 12-15 Recommended for: Ages 15-up Bottom line: The Passion of Dolssa is a frank and honest portrait of religious devotion that is true to its time and character. Provincial France, 1241: About fifteen years after the “Albegensian Crusade” wreaked havoc 

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Talking about Books That Talk about Race

Not a “Newbery Buzz” post because these titles were published before 2016 and are already award winners! But, for similar posts in which Janie and Betsy discuss books, check out our Newbery Buzz series. Janie: Earlier this week, we reviewed two novels about what might be called “the black experience.”  One of them, When I Was 

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when I was the greatest

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds.  Atheneum, 2014, 230 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Recommended for: mature teens, ages 15-18 Bottom Line: A black teen in the ‘hood struggles to maintain his focus when his best friend takes a wrong turn with potentially serious consequences. Even though Allen (Ali) and his 

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Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick.  Random House, 2016, 193 pages Reading Level: Middle Grade, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 6-12, especially boys Bottom Line: The exuberant boy-robot Hilo is back from “the void,” pursuing his mission to destroy his arch-enemy Razorwark and discover his own origin and purpose. In 

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The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick.  Simon & Shuster, 2007, 236 pp. Reading Level: Middle Grade, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 11-13 (especially girls) Bottom Line: In this series opener, four sixth-grade girls discover that reading the classics can change contemporary attitudes. Sixth grade is not starting well for Emma Hawthorne, who’s wearing hand-me-downs 

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