Book Reviews

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME by Mark Haddon

BIBLIOGRAPHY   Haddon, Mark. 2003. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME .  New York, NY: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-50945-9. PLOT SUMMARY Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the … Continue reading

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THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

BIBLIOGRAPHY   Asher, Jay & Carolyn Mackler . 2011. THE FUTURE OF US .  New York, NY: Penguin Group. ISBN 9781595144911. PLOT SUMMARY It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives.  They’ve been best friends almost as … Continue reading

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THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

Sandy’s review of THE HUNGER GAMES.      In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other … Continue reading

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ELLA MINNOW PEA by Mark Dunn

Sandy’s review of “Ella Minnow Pea”. Ella lives on the fictional island of Nollop, home of Nevin Nollop the man who coined the pangram “the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” The statue of Nollop, which sports his well known phrase is slowly dropping the letters. Continue reading

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SING YOU HOME by Jodi Picoult

BIBLIOGRAPHY Picoult, Jodi. 2011. SING YOU HOME.  New York, NY: Atria Books. ISBN 978-1439102725. PLOT SUMMARY When music therapist Zoe Baxter’s latest pregnancy ends in a stillbirth, her husband Max decides he can’t handle any more heartbreak and leaves her. … Continue reading

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CHALK

BIBLIOGRAPHY Thomson, Bill.  2010. CHALK. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Children. ISBN 9780761455264.  PLOT SUMMARY Kids at the park, a bucket of chalk….pictures come alive!  Then….the rain comes. CRITICAL ANALYSIS The illustrations in this wordless picture book are crisp, clear, colorful, … Continue reading

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CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE by Jan Thomas

BIBLIOGRAPHY  Thomas, Jan. 2009. CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE?.  New York, NY: Beach Lane Books. ISBN 9781416985815. PLOT SUMMARYAn interactive book for the preschool set.  The narrator is an indecisive lady bug that leads children in wiggling and being … Continue reading

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THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan – Review for TWU course

BIBLIOGRAPHY Tan, Shaun. 2007. The Arrival.  New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine Books. ISBN 9780439895293. PLOT SUMMARY A wordless graphic novel that tells the story of an immigrant.  The story follows a man leaving his family and traveling to a … Continue reading

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THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Dave McKean – Review for TWU course

BIBLIOGRAPHY Gaiman, Neil. 2008. The Graveyard Book.  Ill. by Dave Mckean. New York, NY: Harper Collins Children’s Books. ISBN 9780060530921. PLOT SUMMARY His family having been murdered when he was a toddler, Nobody “Bod” Owens lives in a graveyard.  He’s … Continue reading

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HATTIE BIG SKY by Kirby Larson – Review for TWU course

BIBLIOGRAPHY Larson, Kirby. 2006. Hattie Big Sky.  New York, NY: Delacorte Press. ISBN 9780385733137 PLOT SUMMARY It’s 1918, there is a war in Europe, 16 year-old orphan Hattie has inherited a homestead from an uncle she had never met.  Eager … Continue reading

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