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Meet Tom Blubaugh

Getting Back to His Roots Tom Blubaugh has been a writer his entire life, but now he’s a fiction writer. Tom’s novel, Night of the Cossack, provides a fascinating glimpse into a little-known piece of history. His book is a direct result of his research to discover more about his grandfather. Truth is often stranger than fiction, […]

Night of the Cossack by Tom Blubaugh

  Night of the Cossack Tom Blubaugh Bound by Faith Publishers Date:  2011 256 pages ISBN-10: 0982902921 ISBN-13:978-0982902929 Lexile : 480L based on a small text sample Book Overview: Night of the Cossack is the story of Nathan Hertzfield, a Jewish teenager forcibly taken from his home and his family by a Cossack named Nikolai during a […]

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

  May B. Caroline Starr Rose Schwartz & Wade Date:  January 12, 2012 240 pages ISBN-10: 158246393X ISBN-13: 978-1582463933 Lexile : 680L Book Overview: May B., by Caroline Rose Starr, is an inspiring story about 12-year-old Mavis Elizabeth Betts, a girl with dyslexia who dreams of being a teacher someday. Written entirely in verse, the 240-page book is […]

The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

  The False Princess Eilis O’Neal Date:  January 25, 2011 EgmontUSA 336 pages ISBN-10: 1606840797 ISBN-13: 978-1606840795 Lexile : 860L   Book Overview: The False Princess is the story of Sinda, a girl raised as the Princess Nalia to save the real princess from death.  Only, Sinda doesn’t know that she’s not the princess until the fateful day, just […]

Open Letter to Brian McGreevy – Swiss Cheese Approach to YA Books

Dear Mr. McGreevy, Your recent post “Why teens should read adult fiction” is as full of holes as Swiss cheese – the kind you discover lurking at the back of the refrigerator – and it also doesn’t pass the smell test. Perhaps the YA category is a “marketing distinction”, but more importantly, it describes a […]