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Books for Youth
By Carole Boston Weatherford
As the story of Leontyne Price opens, and as the text so affectingly puts it, a black girl born in 1927 Mississippi could expect nothing besides “a heap of hard work—as a maid, mill worker, or sharecropper. Her song would surely be the blues.”
Top 10 Arts Books for Youth: 2014
By Ilene Cooper
This year’s top 10 books for youth about the arts introduce painters and dancers, potters and poets. The books on this list were reviewed in
Booklist from November 1, 2013, to October 15, 2014. By Kristy Dempsey. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. 2014. Philomel, $16.99 (9780399252846). K–Gr. 3. A Dance like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream.
An African American girl living in 1950s Harlem dreams that she, too, can become a dancer after she goes to see the first black prima ballerina perform.
The Strange Journey of The Martian: An Indie Success Story
By Mary Burkey
The adage “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” describes both debut author Andy Weir and the hero of Weir’s
, Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut presumed dead and left behind when the first Mars landing team must abort their mission. Weir combines dry wit with a disarming emotional depth that propels both readers and listeners through shifting perspectives. The Martian
The Back Page: The Myth of the Bedside Table
By Bill Ott
A lot of people talk about all the books on their bedside tables waiting to be read. I don’t buy it. Bedside tables aren’t very big. Anyone who can pile all their to-be-read books on the narrow confines of a bedside table isn’t much of a reader. Obsessive readers need much more space. Take me. I couldn’t begin to fit the piles of books I’m planning to read—those to be reviewed and those I’m hoping someday to read for pleasure—into such a dainty space.
Carte Blanche: It Might Have Been
By Michael Cart
First novels. Where would literature be without them? Daniel Defoe’s
Robinson Crusoe (1719) is generally regarded as being the first one in English, though some have argued the honor should go, instead, to Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur (1485) or John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress(1678). The first novel for children is less ambiguous, generally thought to be Little Goody Two Shoes (1765). Its full title is worth noting, since it’s nearly as long as the book itself.