January 21, 2024 by Betsy Bird
Here we have WWII spy antics, hungry kangaroos, and a hero determined against all odds to help his parents, even if that means fooling Nazis.
September 22, 2023 by Betsy Bird
If you think the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, the famine in Ukraine in the 1930s, and Brooklyn at that same time makes for an awkward tri-narrative, you are wrong. And if you also think that it would be highly difficult to weave three such perspectives together, there you are correct, but it can be done. The Lost Year proves as much.
February 10, 2023 by Betsy Bird
Nothing about this novel is wholly ideal except possibly its intentions and its ability to charm some readers into a general state of submission. The question now is: Are you such a reader?
November 10, 2022 by Betsy Bird
“Three Strike Summer” is the sports book/ escape narrative / union organizing novel you wish every kid had the chance to read. Good news. Now they can.
October 7, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Today I’m talking about a book with gangsters, Monopoly, a misunderstood hero, young love, boardwalks, and creaming someone in the face with a pack of coins.
January 27, 2021 by Betsy Bird
This is a book positioned to impress, that then sneaks over and steals your heart. Hermes would be proud.
December 30, 2020 by Betsy Bird
The penultimate list. Maybe, with lists like this one, we can all try to end 2020 on a slightly less terrible note.
July 1, 2020 by Betsy Bird
May casual cruelties fall by the wayside in the presence of such books as this ione. May our children find it and love it and read it repeatedly. And may we see more such books from Ann Clare LeZotte and authors like her, that put work and care into the very folds of their stories.
January 31, 2020 by Betsy Bird
Hand this to the kid that yearns for that freedom. For wide-open spaces and mysterious figures hiding in the shadows and snot nosed brothers and lots and lots of puppies. Hand it to someone who needs their own mountain. Even if it’s just a literary one.
July 12, 2019 by Betsy Bird
There are kids out there that like comics and like realism and have long been starved for illustrated stories of the past. Hand them this book, and then hand it to all the science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts too, because this is a book for everyone. Impossible to forget, undeniable in its delights.
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