nonfiction

We Dig Worms!

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Some people think it is easy to write for children, and those people are fools. You have to express a great deal in very few words, keep your imagery simple but rich, and, ideally, entertain while educating. Writing non-fiction for…

The Other Side of the Wall

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The Berlin Wall holds great metaphorical power as the literal embodiment of the insurmountable divide between Eastern—communist Europe—and Western—democratic Europe—after World War II. It’s fertile ground for stories of heroism and survival, persistence and perseverance, tales of families torn apart…

Sisters

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Raina Telgemeier captures the gentle angst of tween sisterhood in her latest graphic novel, the aptly named Sisters. When young Raina realizes playing dolls would be more fun if she had someone to play with, she asks her parents for the…

The Three Kingdoms, vols. 1-16

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The Three Kingdoms is a famous story from ancient China, a power struggle that occurred between the end of the Han Dynasty, circa 200 C.E., and the rise of the Three Kingdoms. After the Han Dynasty lost power, three states reigned: Wei, Shu, and Wu,…

The Great American Dust Bowl

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The Dust Bowl was a time in American history when conditions on the plains got so bad that some people thought it was the apocalypse. Over-farming, deforestation, and drought created dust storms of magnificent proportions that took over the Great…

Diabetes and Me

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You may hesitate to pick up a book that sounds like an educational brochure for kids recently diagnosed with diabetes if you’re not one. That’s a crying shame, because Diabetes and Me is a surprisingly great read for just about…

Monster Science series, vols. 1 & 2

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Capstone’s Monster Science series takes scientific principles and uses various classic monsters to explain and illustrate them in graphic format. Each book ends with additional information, including a glossary, several suggested books for further reading, and three questions relating the…

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

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Jimmy Gownley’s reflective look at his youth and his enthrallment with the comic book world, while personal and introspective, is honest and appealing. It offers the reader a chance to get to know several of its characters and to join…