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Sharing: Indi Reviews

So, when did sharing ever work? Never, I say. Never.

Karl: “I Hate Fairyland Volume One: Madly Ever After” by Skottie Young

Cathie Sue: “Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea” by Ben Clanton

Jenny: “We Found a Hat” by Jon Klassen

Adrienne: “Atlanta” (TV show), S1E7, “B.A.N.”


Whoosh!: Six Picture Book Reviews

Our six picture books reviews designed to make you want to live in a tree and drench passersby with your super-soaker and then write an article about it.

“Miss Twiggly’s Tree” by Dorothea Warren Fox
“Thunder Boy Jr” by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
“The White Cat and the Monk” by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith
“Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber” by Sue Macy and C. F. Payne
“Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions” by Chris Barton and Don Tate
“Freedom in Congo Square” by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie

The Weight of a Locomotive Train: Indi Reviews

Kelly – “Lion Hunters Series” by Elizabeth Wein. The series includes: “Winter Prince,” “Coalition of Lions,” “Sunbird,” “Lion Hunter,” and “Empty Kingdom.”

Karl – “PBS Idea Channel” on YouTube, and “Reasonably Sound with Mike Rugetta” podcast

Adrienne – “Mr. Ferris and His Wheel” by Kathryn Gibbs Davis and Gilbert Ford

All Kinds of War: Indi Reviews


“There are all kinds of war” our individual reviews.

Kelly – “The Last Dragon” by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay
Karl – “A Tan and Sandy Silence” by John D. MacDonald, including two more Travis McGee booksJenny – “Night Gardener ” by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Adrienne – “Bird & Diz” by Gary Golio and Ed Young

Shorty: Six Picture Books


“Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth” by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes
“Rude Cakes” by Rowboat Watkins
“Ask Me” by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee
“The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach
“It Could Always Be Worse” retold by Margot Zemach
“Trombone Shorty” by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Bryan Collier

Anything Can Happen: Indi Reviews

Words of truth: “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me … Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”


Emily – “Displacement: A Travelogue” by Lucy Kninsley
Kelly – “All Our Worlds: Diverse Fantastic Fiction” website by Kate Diamond
Jenny – “Words with Wings” by Nikki Grimes
Cathie Sue – “Whose Tools?” by Toni Buzzeo and Jim Datz
Adrienne – “Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away” by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, April 14, 2015, and
15 Best Moments at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Induction.”

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly


A written review by Adrienne

“Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly

Clinically depressed from the accidental death of her little brother for which she feels responsible, Andi, a genuinely talented guitarist, is failing prep school and doing her best to help her mother who is having a mental breakdown over the loss. Enter aloof, distant Nobel-prize winning father who in one fell swoop commits his ex-wife to an institution and takes Andi to Paris over Christmas break where he continues his groundbreaking genetic research. Pissed off and angry at her father and her situation Andi figures out the quickest way to get away from him is to give him what he wants: her senior thesis on an obscure 18th century guitarist. Her research uncovers a diary written by Alexandrine Paradis a companion to the last and lost dauphin who is also the subject of Andi’s father’s project.

Historical facts from the French Revolution and a musical journey not typically seen in young adult books are expertly weaved into Andi’s and Alexandrine’s stories of anger, devotion, promises and redemption. Donnelly’s Andi is sarcastic and smart and Alexandrine is independent and willful making them both characters readers can relate. Check out Donnelly’s website for a playlist which allows the listener exploration as many titles are not to a particular song, just to the artist or band. Recommended for High School and up.