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School Library Journal recommends Dragonfly Song to “fans of Shannon Hale’s historical fantasies”

Posted on October 13th, 2017 by pajamapress

DragonflySong_Website“The Bronze Age setting makes for a unique backdrop, and Aissa is a sympathetic character. Her struggles are heartrending, and made more so by the lyrical storytelling style. The descriptions of the dances are especially vivid. VERDICT Hand-sell this unusual tale to fans of Shannon Hale’s historical fantasies.”
Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX

Read the full review in the October 2017 issue of School Library Journal

CanLit for LittleCanadians praises Lauren’s voice as “the most compelling element of Sara Leach’s Slug Days

Posted on October 11th, 2017 by pajamapress

SlugDays_WebsiteSlug Days is told in the first-person narrative of a young girl on the Autism Spectrum Disorder….

Sara Leach makes Lauren’s voice young and blatant, focusing on what is important to the child and often ignoring what others deem priorities. Who the girl is, is undisguised. She needs her routines and obsesses about things that others might ignore….

The voice is the most compelling element of Sara Leach’s Slug Days, as it should be. Here is Lauren’s story, up close and personal. Whether readers can empathize is not on Sara Leach but on the readers themselves because the author makes it clear and it is an arresting text spoken true by a child on the spectrum. Regardless, it’s evident that Lauren’s life is full and complex and often wholly unpredictable. But, with an arsenal of strategies, she will hopeful have fewer slug days and expand her days, as well as those around her, to those of butterflies.”

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Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent is “highly, highly recommend[ed]” by Storywraps

Posted on October 9th, 2017 by pajamapress

PPMM_Website“This is the third book in the Princess Pistachio series. It is a wonderful little chapter book with very endearing illustrations starring the Princess and her dog, Dog. Yep, you heard me right, her dog’s name is Dog….

I truly loved the illustrations, especially adorable Princess Pistachio. Gay’s watercolour, and coloured-pencil work bring the text alive and is full of humour, detail and action. The story is very well-written and has a plot that kids can identify with and enjoy tremendously. I highly, highly recommend this book.

Storywraps Rating – 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

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Two Times a Traitor is featured on ILA Today’s, “War and Conflicts” children’s book list

Posted on October 7th, 2017 by pajamapress

TwoTimesATraitor_Website“Violent conflicts occur around the globe every day. History shows how small disagreements often erupt into larger conflicts that can morph into wars. Wars have long-lasting effects on the environment as well as civilians and the troops who fight in them. This week’s column features books that explore some of those wars and conflicts….

[Karen Bass] provides enough details to allow [readers] to draw their own conclusions about the battles between the French and the English and Laz’s own personal dilemma.

Ages 15+

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The Librarian is on the Loose recommends Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess for readers “who need help with some unwelcome change”

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by pajamapress

MacyMacMillan_Website“I loved that Green has chosen a deaf girl for a heroine, and the story is not about being deaf. Deafness is just part of who Macy is, like having red hair….I appreciated the reminder that, while change may be unwelcome, it can also bring wonderful things. Give this to anyone who enjoys books about intergenerational relationships, or who needs help with some unwelcome change. Recommended for grades 3-5.”
—Awnali Mills

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Publishers Weekly says Slug Days “should both open eyes and encourage greater patience and understanding”

Posted on September 26th, 2017 by pajamapress

SlugDays_Website“Lauren, a girl on the autism spectrum, takes readers through a week full of ups and downs in this sensitively told story….Bender’s pencil drawings readily reflect characters’ frustrations and other emotions—feelings that Lauren acknowledges she has trouble recognizing. Leach’s empathetic novel should both open eyes and encourage greater patience and understanding.”

Read the full review on page 106 of the September 25, 2017 issue of Publishers Weekly.

“Leach tackles a challenging topic with skill and even some lightness” says Quill & Quire of Slug Days

Posted on September 11th, 2017 by pajamapress

SlugDays_Website“The middle-grade novel follows the ups and downs of Lauren – a young girl around seven or eight, who has autism spectrum disorder….In creating a nuanced, formidable character, Leach tackles a challenging topic with skill and even some lightness.”
—Helen Kubiw

Read the full review on page 26 in the September 2017 issue of Quill & Quire

Two Times a Traitor is recommended to fans of Forbes’ Johnny Tremain by Youth Services Book Review

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by pajamapress

TwoTimesATraitor_WebsiteRating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4…

What did you like about the book? Laz’s growth in the book is evident. Hard times often force maturity and Laz dealt with his situation well considering. The connections Laz made to those around him were especially poignant….

To whom would you recommend this book? Any child looking for regional historic fiction like Forbes’ Johnny Tremain.”
—Sadina Shawver, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

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Canadian Bookworm calls Two Times a Traitor “[a] wonderful read”

Posted on July 6th, 2017 by pajamapress

TwoTimesATraitor_Website“This story is of a boy, moving from a rebellious pre-teen to an assured young man as he is forced to deal with his situation on his own. A wonderful read incorporating Canadian history and a great character.”

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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess is “made for the verse novel format” says The One and Only Marfalfa

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by pajamapress

MacyMacMillan_Website“Some stories are just made for the verse novel format. This is one of them. Pacing is tight and word choice is solid. Some verse novels get so caught up in artistry that the reader isn’t clear on what is actually happening. That isn’t the case here. I also appreciated that while Macy is deaf, its not the sum total of her character. She’s your average middle grade girl who just happens to be deaf.”

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