the blue jackal

The Blue Jackal by Shobha Viswanath with illustrations by Dileep Joshi Viswanath’s retelling of The Blue Jackal is in rhyme, making it enjoyable to read aloud. Children can search for Juno the jackal on each page, who becomes blue after falling in a vat of Indigo. The other animals, who…

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the library at mount char

This is Scott Hawkins first novel and he’s likely to become a popular author for fantasy readers. To be honest, I’ve read very little in this genre, or science fiction, but was curious about the story. Carolyn is a Librarian – but not the human kind. With training from Father…

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invisible beasts

Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir (Bellevue Literary Press, 2014) This is a collection of short stories centered on Sophie, an amateur naturalist who sees invisible creatures. These aren’t creatures of her imagination, but rather a secondary kingdom of animals that wander among us (including the human-like Keen-Ears). Though the stories…

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the immediacy of emotional kerfuffles

Greenberg, KJ Hannah. The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles. Bellmawr, New Jersey: Bards and Sages Publishing, 2013. The summary for this book states that Greenberg is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a National Endowment for the Humanities awardee. So yes, I fell for the “author with prizes” trick in picking up this…

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bedrock faith by eric charles may

May, Eric Charles. Bedrock Faith. New York: Akashic Books, 2014. Parkland, a black neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, is turned upside-down by the return of Gerald Reeves, aka Stew Pot. Stew Pot’s reign of terror ended when he was imprisoned. With his release and return home to his mother’s house,…

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