Book Review: Swan

Bibliography: Snyder, Laurel.  Swan, the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova.  2015.  San Francisco.  Chronicle Books. ISBN-13: 978-1452118901 Plot: Laurel Snyder presents the biography of Anna Pavlova, the Russian prima ballerina, using spare text that almost feels like poetry. The careful selection of words used to evoke the feelings of Anna as a young child, working in a laundry-visiting her first ballet-falling in love with dance-spending … Continue reading Book Review: Swan

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Book Reviews: Juvenile Fantasy

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Bibliography: Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. 2009. New York. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN: 9780316114271. Plot: Minli lives at the foot of Fruitless Mountain, and toils all day in the mud as her family tries to coax enough rice to grow in order to survive. In this Newbery Honor book, Grace Lin tells the story of … Continue reading Book Reviews: Juvenile Fantasy

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Book Reviews: YA Fiction

Speak Bibliography: Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. 1999. New York. Farrar Straus Giroux. ISBN 9780374371524. Plot: Melinda Sordino enters the halls of Merryweather High School on the first day of 9th grade, and is herded into the auditorium. Looking around her, she identifies the usual cliques and knows that she will not fit into any of them. She has a secret. A secret that will keep … Continue reading Book Reviews: YA Fiction

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Book Reviews: Historical Fiction

Penny from Heaven Bibliography: Holm, Jennifer L. Penny From Heaven. 2006. New York. Random House. ISBN 037583687X  Plot: In 1953, 11-year-old Penny Falucci looks forward to her summer.  She loves butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and is a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan.  Penny lives with her WASP mother and maternal grandparents, but splits her time with her late father’s family.  The father’s Italian family has … Continue reading Book Reviews: Historical Fiction

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Book Reviews: Biography

Our Eleanor Bibliography: Fleming, Candace. Our Eleanor; A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life. 2005. New York. Antheneum. ISBN 9780689865442 Plot: A very personal look at the life of Eleanor Roosevelt.  This book not only chronicle’s the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, but provides a photographic journal and scrapbook of this remarkable woman’s America. Critical Analysis: It is apparent that Candace Fleming took the time … Continue reading Book Reviews: Biography

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