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

Archive for May, 2014

Yummy Reading


The Bliss family own a bakery, but they also have an ancient “Cookery Booke” that is kept locked up and a secret. When their parents go out of town, Rose and her siblings are supposed to make sure that nothing happens to their book, which the children are not allowed to use. When a stranger […]

Jack Gantos


Jack Gantos is an author whose books span generations since he writes picture books and fiction for intermediate, middle school, and adult readers. In 2012, he was awarded the Newbery Medal for his novel, Dead End in Norvelt. This is one of the choices that our middle schoolers have for their optional summer reading.   […]

Artist Bill Traylor


How fortuitous that formally trained artist, Charles Shannon, met Bill Traylor on a street in 1939. Shannon (1914-1996) was from Montgomery, Alabama, and while he was studying at the Cleveland School of Art, he became interested in the artistic culture of the south. He recognized the talent of Bill Traylor, a former slave who had […]

The Unwanteds


When the first reviews for The Unwanteds came out in professional journals for librarians, they were positive enough that I knew that I should buy the first book of the series for DCD. The review in Kirkus described The Unwanteds (Aladdin, 2011) as “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.” Before I read the first book in […]



It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization. John F. Kennedy on the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 27, 1962 The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines fallout in two ways. The first definition is “the radioactive particles that are produced by […]

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