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“Around the World” by Matt Phelan

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, June 26, 2012,

Okay, I am starting with my quibbles first.  “Around the World” is categorized both by our list and by my local public library as a “graphic novel.”  Yet most of the book is based on fact and research.  This left me wondering – is the category labeling a result of the form, or is there some fictionalizing going on that isn’t immediately apparent?

The unifying theme, such as it is, in “Around the World” is the idea of traveling around the world as individuals.  Phelan taps...


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"Meanwhile" by Jason Shiga

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Saturday, July 30, 2011,

Okay, I am SOOOO an English major.  On my first couple of attempts to read this book, I (literally) whined and complained to anyone and everyone within ear shot.  The book is too hard to follow, it is boring, it doesn’t make sense, etc.  So I handed it to my more mathematically-inclined family members who looked at me like I was crazy and implied I was too lazy to figure out how it works.

So, with some grumpiness, I picked it up the next day. And, much to my dismay, they were right.  ...


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"Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword" by Barry Deutsch

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, July 5, 2011,



As the front cover of this graphic novel announces, Hereville:  How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch stars Mirka, "yet another troll-fighting, 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl."  What?  That seems unexpected to you?  Deutsch clearly has as part of his agenda to push away your preconceived notions and to give Mirka an adventure.

Some parts of this book are delightful--I love Mirka's personality, persistence, and bravery.  On the other hand, Mirka "wins" her sword by knitting (really...


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Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?


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