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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

Ok, this is a weird one.  I really do not like Bagge’s illustrations but the way he tells the story of Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story is too good to miss.  It’s just a visual choice — his cartoons look like the MAD cartoons of my youth (and in fact he was managing editor […]

Friends With Boys

A plainly told high school story.  Even with the ghost of a schooner captain, Friends With Boys is a realistic tale of life in high school.  Maggie enters 9th grade after a childhood of homeschooling by her mother who has now left the family.  Maggie’s three older brothers are her older friends and, despite cares […]


Stepmother to 3 young boys whose father is away serving the Weirmacht during WW2, Leisl tries to keep their (Frank’s and Han’s and Ani’s and Jurgen’s) lives from spinning out of control.  Hans is belligerent and Ani seems to be starting to go mad and Frank is torn between going awol and moving to a […]


Gorgeous.  Achingly gorgeous.  LOVE.  Thank you Craig Thompson.

We Beat The Streets

My kids need to read books like We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success.  I need to make this happen.  I was so moved by the mistakes these boys made and how they still managed to stick together and persevere and end up where they are. NOT a tidy story.   A […]