Category: Environment

THIS THING CALLED the FUTURE

THIS THING CALLED THE FUTURE  by J.L. Powers Look for a full review in the Horn Book Magazine, July/August 2011 This magical novel looks closely at life in the contemporary shantytowns of modern South Africa.  Witches live there.  Romance happens…

To Play with Barbie or Not to Play…

The following post is a guest post by Lauryn Macy Roberts, a graduate of Mount Mary College’s graduate writing program. Lauryn recalls growing up with Barbies and raising  a daughter to play with the iconic doll — but not without at…

SHAUN TAN

  Courage, audacity, wonder – Treat your eyes to surrealistic images, your brain to ideas, and your heart, be ready to hold your heart. Three delights are waiting within the cover of one collection: LOST & FOUND THE RED TREE…

The cover of Elmer and the Hippos (David McKee, Andersen Press USA) made me predict an allegory about diversity, specifically about homosexuality. Elmer is a patch-work elephant–of delightful colors–and I suspected he would be mistreated, isolated, perhaps banished. That story…

What we learn from Trouble

   There’s no escaping trouble no matter how far we try to move from it. Nevertheless, some will try. They’ll try to find a place where everybody appears comfortable, where everyone’s the same. They avoid neighborhoods and people who might…

I Am Jack

  I Am Jack by Susanne Gervay brought back to me in vivid emotion a trying but very revealing experience in my early middle school life. While my hometown district was one of the pioneers of the middle school model,…

WORDS in the DUST

                  AFGHANISTAN,  is a country about which we know little, a conflict which has continued for years, an entire lifetime for many children who live there.  War in this country has now…

STAR REVIEW for STAR

For middle-grade and high school readers, STAR IN THE FOREST by Laura Resau is a contemporary novel that catches your heart in the first chapter. One day Papa is pulled over for speeding.  Mama cries again and again to family,…