Animal Crackers

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    Many people first encountered Gene Luen Yang with his Printz award-winning title American Born Chinese. Now we have the opportunity to read his earlier works in a collection titled Animal Crackers. Combining three titles, Gordon Yamamoto and the…

What’s Making Us Happy This Week

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Jennifer Jaclyn Dolamore is the fabulous author of Magic Under Glass (Bloomsbury,2009) and Between the Sea and Sky (Bloomsbury, 2011). Her newest book, Between the Sea and Sky, is about a mermaid and a winged boy/man.  I  received an autographed copy of the…

Shivers, Wishes and Wolves

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    The tales in these two volumes include many of the fairy tale cannon and I assume that more volumes are in the works to cover others. Each volume follows a similar format: five tales retold by various authors…

Orcs: Forged for War

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Orcs: Forged for War is the first graphic novel set in the fantasy universe created in Stan Nicholls’s Orcs novels. Lots of science fiction and fantasy series are adding graphic novels these days and some series pull it off better…

Manga Impact: The World of Japanese Animation

The promotional material on the publisher’s website expounds on the accessibility, informational aspects, and the iconic images contained within this A-Z guide to the world of anime and manga. This reference tome is presented in a comic book format, printed…

Brain Camp

Camp Fielding, an educational summer camp, promises to turn any teenager into a prodigy. So when Jenna and Lucas, two ordinary 14-year-olds who constantly disappoint their parents, are offered last minute spots, their families jump at the chance. But not…