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Picture Book Review: Marshmallows Galore by Donna Mae

 Marshmallows Galore by Donna Mae (Author), Brandon Fall (Illustrator) This is one the better self-published picture books I’ve received to review so far. The story is about what one boy does when giant marshmallows rain from the sky. Pre-schooler Monkey’s reaction: P.M. was drawn … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now is a new romantic scifi from Ann Brashares, bestselling author of the beloved Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. As soon as I started reading this book, I was drawn into the story. The premise is reminiscent … Continue reading

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The Boskidlit Calendar is now on Facebook

For some time now, I’ve maintained a Boston area children’s author calendar on my blog. A few people have asked me to move it to Facebook. I’m still working out the kinks. Come check it out and let me know what you … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Divergent vs The Hunger Games by Elizabeth Eckhart

We have a guest post at Monkey Poop today. Writer Elizabeth Eckhart compares two book to film YA dystopias, The Hunger Games and Divergent. Take it away, Elizabeth. Comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games by Elizabeth Eckhart Since the release … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski A fun, quick, compelling read by Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks. This book is about a homeroom class of high schoolers who end up developing telepathic powers from a bad … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis Publication date: April 1, 2014 Moon at Nine is a poignant and powerful story about a bookish, strong-willed fifteen year old girl named Farrin who falls in love with Sadira, a new girl at school … Continue reading

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YA Book Recommendation: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski Read it slowly, and savor every last drop. Yes, it’s as good as everyone else says. No, they aren’t overselling it. (Fantasy/romance inspired by Ancient Greco-Roman history, so if none of those things intrigue … Continue reading

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MG Book Review: Dumpling Days by Grace Lin

  Dumpling Days by Grace Lin What a great book! The story is about a young Taiwanese-American girl named Pacy who visits Taiwan with her family.  Newbery Honor-winning author Grace Lin draws on her own family trips to perfectly capture what … Continue reading

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Random Library Find: Poof! by John O’Brien

Poof! by John O’Brien Sometimes when I’m at the library picking up one of my ILL requests, I stop by the kid’s section to look at picture books. During this particular visit, I’d picked up some Caldecott Honors and some … Continue reading

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YA Book Recommendation: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Cyborg Cinderella. What’s not to love? It takes two of my favorite genres, fairy tale retellings and sci fi, and mashes them together. Wish I hadn’t taken so long to get around to reading it! I … Continue reading

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