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Picture Book Review: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

Picture Book Review: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

Title: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words Author: Tracy Nelson Maurer Illustrator: Mircea Catusanu Publisher: Millbrook Press Hardcover: 40 pages Source: County of Los Angeles OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Noah Webster – famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States – was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling. Politics. Laws. You name it, he had something to say about it. He even commented on…

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Book Review: Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay

Book Review: Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay

Title: Manderley Forever Author: Tatiana de Rosnay Translator: Sam Taylor Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Hardcover: 448 pages Source: Goodreads FirstReads Summary: (taken from Goodreads) As a bilingual bestselling novelist with a mixed Franco-British bloodline and a host of eminent forebears, Tatiana de Rosnay is the perfect candidate to write a biography of Daphne du Maurier. As an eleven-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier’s fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply,…

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Wishlist Wednesday #4: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl with Lori Earl and Wayne Earl

Wishlist Wednesday #4: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl with Lori Earl and Wayne Earl

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I’m taking this loosely and sharing books that I can’t wait to read. This Star Won’t Go Out is a collection of journals, stories, and letters from Esther Earl, who passed away in 2010. She contributed a lot to the Nerdfighter community and it’s always so heartbreaking to hear John Green…

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Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Title: A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent Author: Anne F. Rockwell Illustrator: Floyd Cooper Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Hardcover: 32 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Told for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave who spied for George Washington’s army during the American Revolution, and whose personal fight for freedom began with America’s liberation. * I received a free copy of…

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Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Title: The Autobiography of Malcolm X Authors: Malcolm X, Alex Haley Publisher: Ballantine Paperback: 466 pages Source: Owned Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America’s black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct audience, the oppressed American blacks, he brought hope and self-respect. This autobiography (written with Alex Haley)…

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Book Review: Andre the Giant – Life and Legend

Book Review: Andre the Giant – Life and Legend

Title: Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Author: Box Brown Publisher: First Second Paperback: 240 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant. Box…

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Book Review: The Wand in the Word by Leonard S. Marcus

Book Review: The Wand in the Word by Leonard S. Marcus

Title: The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy Author: Leonard S. Marcus Publisher: Candlewick Press Paperback: 208 pages Summary: (taken from Goodreads) “Fantasy,” writes Leonard S. Marcus, “is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable, and to reveal our own ‘real’ world in a fresh and truth-bearing light.” Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their…

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