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Mar.01.2010
When Griffin Penshine discovers that pennies given to her by a mysterious old woman were actually stolen from a wishing fountain decades ago, she embarks on a desperate quest. Griffin must find a way to redeem those lost wishes or the opposite of her own wishes – which involve loved ones and her...
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Jul.04.2009
It's no coincidence that Jimmy Cannon, the main character in When The Whistle Blows, shares a name with Fran Cannon Slayton, author of the new novel for middle-graders. Slayton dug deep into her family history to pen her debut about train-loving Jimmy, his evolving relationship with his father,...
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Jun.02.2009
Though Ann Haywood Leal's career as an elementary school teacher helped her craft the detail-rich characters in Also Known As Harper (Holt), her touching debut novel for middle-graders, it was what she observed at her local soup kitchen that actually inspired them. "When I first started...
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Mar.07.2009
Denise is the lucky winner of an autographed copy of Jane In Bloom, the debut novel from actress-turned-children's author Deborah Lytton! Thanks to all who stopped by and took a stab at answering the contest question. Be sure to pick up Jane In Bloom at a bookstore or library soon!
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Mar.02.2009
You may know Deborah Lytton from film and TV, especially her five-year stint on Days Of Our Lives. And you may know Deborah Lytton's music, either her own album or the backing vocals she's added to discs by Belinda Carlisle, Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra and others. With Jane In Bloom (Dutton,...
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Feb.18.2009
I finished a terrific debut novel over the weekend, The Year The Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (Bowen Press/HarperCollins). It follows 11-year old Eleanor "Groovy" Robinson, who has big plans to attend culinary school one day, funded by money left to her by her sci-fi author...