The Maccabee on the Mantel

by R. Carnavale October 6th, 2016
For Jewish families who are trying to make Hanukkah encompass more than dreidels, gelt and latkes, The Maccabee on the Mantel book is a short, delightful book designed to accompany The Maccabee on the Mantel plush soldier doll
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Book Review – Museum of Extraordinary Things

by Elizabeth Gunto September 1st, 2016
Alice Hoffman's The Museum of Extraordinary Things follows a young girl raised in strange circumstances and a young immigrant man trying to make his way in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. The history behind the novel is both tragic and fascinating, but the story's clunky writing drags it down.

Coralie Sardie lives with her widower father above the his 'museum of extraordinary things,' a collection of curiosities that includes an infant born without eyes and a human skull with horns. The collection also
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P.S. I Hate It Here

by Donella Crigger August 4th, 2016
Summer camp is a rite of passage for millions of kids and young adults each year. Whether attending as a camper or a camp counselor, summer camp is filled with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. It’s not all s’mores and campfire songs for everyone, though. Some kids have a hard time adjusting without the comforts of home. Diane Falanga explores this in her two books about summer camp: P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids’ Letters from
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  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    by Ronald A. Rowe July 7th, 2016
    How I Spent My Summer Vacation is a children’s picture book by writer and illustrator Mark Teague.  Teague is perhaps most known as the illustrator of Cythia Rylant’s Poppleton series of books or as the artist in Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs series but he has 15 books under his belt as a writer, including 1995’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

    In How I Spent My Summer, children can
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  • The War of the Roses

    by Ronald A. Rowe June 2nd, 2016
    There are many fine books on the shelves today extolling the virtues of marriage.  But there are few that capture the flip side, the absolute worst that wedded life can become, as well as Warren Adler’s 1981 classic, The War of the Roses.  Thirty years after its release, The War of the Roses stands as shorthand notation for the disastrous repercussions of a marriage gone bad.

    The story is better
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  • The Fall of the House of Usher

    by Ronald A. Rowe May 5th, 2016
    The topic of the month for May is “Buildings.”  If we’re going to discuss the consummate example of a work of fiction that incorporates a building into the very fabric of the story then we need to go back.  Way back.  Back to 1839 and Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy classic, "The Fall of the House of Usher."  Poe packs so much macabre detail into such a short work that
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