Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast

Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast

2017/2018 Red Cedar Fiction nominee Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast is the story of Journey Wind Song Flanagan, who loves her community and all the people that form it. The year is 1972. “There’s a Chinese boat down at the docks. You know about it?” “I heard, yes.” “I need to speak to someone from […]

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Hardcover, 320 pages Published September 12th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Source: Raincoast Books Mitali Perkins brings to life three generations of Bengali women who wade through societal pressure and parental expectations to grow their own happiness. When we first meet Sonia and Tara Das, they are on the plane on their way to […]

Dog-Eared: August 2017

Dog-Eared: August 2017

The opening skit of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival (2017) in Mineapolis, starring James Kennedy, Keir Graff, and Kelly Barnhill pokes fun at what Kennedy calls “this weird tendency to kill animals in children’s books.” Kennedy describes the skit: A devil’s-bargain device is revealed, Kate DiCamillo is affectionately denounced, there is some (tasteful!) murder, and […]

Review: Goldie Vance

Review: Goldie Vance

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills and connections to solve the […]

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

Paula Ikuutaq’s retelling of the Inuit Legend of Lightning and Thunder opens with a celebration. It is spring, and Inuit people gather together in camps to sing, to dance, and to feast: to share their happiness with each other. Two orphaned siblings, however, are not so happy. A girl and her younger brother have traveled a long […]

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Red Cedar fiction nominee (2017/2018) Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami is completely and utterly charming. It is a sweet, gentle, clear-eyed story about a girl who loves books, and what happens when she rouses her community to activism on behalf of Book Uncle, an elderly man who runs a free lending library. Here’s the […]

Review: Ruby’s Wish

Review: Ruby’s Wish

Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author’s grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby’s Wish is an engaging portrait of a […]