Reviews

Flights of Fancy: Creativity Pompts from “The Greats”

  Don’t miss this treasury of writing wisdom and wit: FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Creative Inspiration from Ten Award-Winning Authors and Illustrators is an anthology of essays and writing prompts by the first ten Children’s Laureates of the UK: Malorie Blackman, Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne, Lauren Child, Julia Donaldson, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Chris Riddell, Michael Rosen, and Jacqueline Wilson, with an introduction by… Read more »

STOLEN GIRL: One-of-a-Kind (Important) Novel

THE STOLEN GIRLis an engaging historical novel, but quite different from others I’ve read about post-WWII survivors. I enjoyed this well-told tale, explored though the eyes, voice, and patchy memory of twelve-year-old Nadia, a refugee from five years in a displaced persons camp in Europe. How she came to be there is the crux of… Read more »

Review: Beyond the Bright Sea, by Lauren Wolk

Beyond the Bright Sea By Lauren Wolk Dutton Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781101994856, 304pp. Publication Date: May 2, 2017 Writers debate the pros and cons of including prologues, especially in books for young readers. I’d advise writers mulling over that decision to read the prologues in Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea  and also in Wolf… Read more »

Interview with author Carol Estby Dagg

Originally shared 2016 on The Storied Past. When awards season is just warming up, some books released earlier may slip from memory as the year winds down. One title (from 2016) that merits renewed attention when committees begin their discussions is Sweet Home Alaska, released in February, 2016 and reviewed below this interview. Carole Estby… Read more »