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review: Midnight in Peking by Paul French

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China Paul French Penguin Group/history, non-fiction, Asia, true crime Release Date:  April 24, 2012 Peking, January 1937. In the frigid January air, the ancient Fox Tower, rumored to be home to the seductive fox spirits who steal men’s souls, […]

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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Thunderstruck Erik Larson Crown Publishing/non-fiction, historical Release Date: 2006 A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush”. In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during […]

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review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy Robin LaFevers Houghton Mifflin/historical fiction, YA Release Date: April 3, 2012 “Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf? Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the […]

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review: Birthday Suit by Olive Senior

Birthday Suit Olive Senior (author), Eugenie Fernandes (illustrator) Annick Press/juvenile fiction Release Date: February 1, 2012 Naked is best! Johnny loves nothing better than splashing in the ocean waves-naked. But Mom says now that he’s four he’s too old to run around without clothes on. She even buys him a pair of overalls with genuine […]

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review: My Name is Olivia…and I can’t do anything about it by Jowi Schmitz

My Name Is Olivia… and I can’t do anything about it Jowi Schmitz Lemniscaat USA/juvenile fiction Release Date:  May 1, 2012 Olivia is ten years old. Her first big problem is that her mother has died. The second big problem is that her father doesn’t really know how to go on living. Olivia and her […]

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