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Mrs. Farquharson’s musings about books for children and young adults

Archive for May, 2017

The Queen of Magic

May26

Many readers have heard about Harry Houdini, and they know some details about him as one of the most famous escape artists who ever lived. Few people know a magician who greatly influenced Houdini, and that magician was a woman, Adelaide Herrmann. Adelaide lived from 1853 to 1932, and to this day, magicians call her […]

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

May16

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MCBA) 2017 winner and honor books were announced recently. It’s always interesting to compare the state-wide choices to those made by our DCD readers. Often, our DCD choices come pretty close to those from all over Massachusetts. This year, we had chosen two of the four top books. MCBA 2017 […]

Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

May4

The world sends us garbage. We send back music. – Favio Chávez Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster) vividly narrates the story of the “Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay”. Ada Ríos lives in one of the most impoverished towns in Paraguay. Cateura is one of the worst slums in […]


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