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Posts by Ricca Gaus

New Juvenile Non Fiction

It can be tricky to find good non fiction for kids.  The good offerings strike a delicate balance between factual accuracy, realistic portrayal and general appeal.  I recently found two great new books that seem to strike all three, but in very different ways for two different age groups.

The first is a picture book memoir by Dan Yaccarino called All the Way to 

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Book Review: Warp Speed

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee tells the story of Marley Sandelski, a seventh grade Star Trek geek at Rancho Rosetta Middle School.  Marley has some great friends and loves being in AV club with the other geeks.  They could spend all day debating the merits of Star Trek vs. Star Wars, but sadly, that is only one period of the day.  The 

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Book Review: Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg and illustrated by Matthew Cordell takes place during the summer between second and third grade, but starts out not as sunny as a summer day.

I had a bad August. A very bad August. As bad as pickle juice on a cookie. As bad as a spider web on your leg.   As bad as the black parts on a banana. I hope your August was ... Read More ›