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Kissing in America
By Margo Rabb
One kiss. That’s all it took for 16-year-old Eva’s fantasy world of poetry and romance novels to become real. Sharing the grief of her father’s plane-crash death and her mother’s refusal to mourn with Will makes the memories and frustrations less harsh because, just as her romances promise, love conquers all.
Great Reads: Picturing Poetry
By Gillian Engberg
The combination of poetry and pictures has ancient roots, of course, but in our time, it shows up mostly in books published for children. But why should kids have all the fun? The eclectic list of titles below includes some of my favorite examples of how poetry can interact with artwork in surprising, beautiful ways, creating a unique experience for readers and viewers of all ages, including grown-ups.
She Reads: Texas
By Kaite Mediatore Stover
You can’t tell a Texas woman no. If you try, she will smile sweetly, bless your heart, and proceed with her current endeavor. She will become one of the nation’s most recognized governors or its first African American aviator. She will say whatever she pleases about presidents or members of the Junior League. She will fight as fiercely as any Texas Ranger, whether she’s protecting a family homestead from Santa Ana or her army family from nameless government officials carrying unbearable news.
Top 10 Series Nonfiction: 2015
By Daniel Kraus
There’s a certain sense of maturity to this year’s list of the top 10 nonfiction series launched in the past year. Thankfully, series on cell-phone safety, global disasters, and the dark side of sports are buoyed by some of our old favorites: cool jobs, cryptozoology, and weather.
Cell Phones and Society (ReferencePoint)
Gr. 9–12. Tackling a topic near and dear to teen readers’ hearts.
Travel Roundup: Spring Travel Guides, 2015
By Brad Hooper
Will spring ever arrive? Positive thinking is made a little easier if you spend some cold winter evenings curled up with travel guides, planning that spring trip. To that end, we present our latest roundup of travel guides that have been published over the past six months.
(Globe Pequot, paper). Bradt Guides Montenegro. 5th edition. $25.99 (9781841628578).