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‘Ms. Rapscott’s Girls’ and ‘The Girl With the Glass Bird’

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:11
Children learn much more than the three R’s at the unconventional institutions in these novels.







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‘Listen, Slowly,’ by Thanhha Lai

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:11
A trip to Vietnam brings a girl in touch with her family history in this middle-grade novel.







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‘Bone Gap,’ by Laura Ruby

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:10
The myth of Demeter and Persephone colors a young adult novel of abduction and captivity in small-town America.







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Gordon Korman’s ‘Masterminds,’ and More

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:10
Four new series of speculative fiction, filled with perilous journeys, long-held secrets and bands of tenacious children and teenagers.







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‘Lost in the Sun,’ by Lisa Graff

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:10
In this middle-grade novel, a boy must break free from a cycle of guilt and recrimination after an accidental death.







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‘Black Dove White Raven,’ by Elizabeth Wein

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:09
Faced with discrimination, a pilot and her children move to Ethiopia on the eve of Mussolini’s invasion.







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‘Ben Draws Trouble,’ ‘How to Draw a Dragon’ and ‘My Pen’

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:09
Three books celebrate the pleasures of drawing — bicycles, boats, classmates, dragons: pretty much anything.







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‘I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives’

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:08
A correspondence between an American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe transforms them both in this young adult memoir.







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Sara Pennypacker’s ‘Meet the Dullards,’ and More

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:07
In four new picture books, a dog, a skunk, an elephant and an extremely dull family subvert readerly suppositions.







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‘Firstborn,’ by Tor Seidler

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:07
In Tor Seidler’s tale of self-acceptance and survival, a young wolf born into a rigid hierarchy seeks the courage to be himself.







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‘Romantic Outlaws,’ About the Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:06
A dual biography of the 18th-century English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the daughter she never knew.







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‘Smart Money,’ by Andrew Palmer

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:05
A journalist examines financial instruments that seek to do good.







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‘Where Women Are Kings,’ by Christie Watson

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:05
A boy is removed from his unstable mother’s care.







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‘The Lost Child,’ by Caryl Phillips

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:04
Caryl Phillips’s characters are separated from their families.







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The Shortlist: On the Job

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:03
New books by Chen Guangcheng, Nina MacLaughlin, Heather Lende and Steve Osborne.







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‘Hold Still,’ a Memoir by Sally Mann

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 09:19
Sally Mann’s memoir reckons with motherhood and the controversial images that made her famous.







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John Ashbery: By the Book

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 08:45
The poet, whose latest collection is “Breezeway,” enjoys reading novels. “I’m no doubt a frustrated novelist. Maybe I should try, but at barely three months shy of 88 it seems unlikely.”







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Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:30
A pregnancy prompts a critic to examine physical transformation and the ways our bodies define and limit us.







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ArtsBeat: New Charlie Hebdo Issue Skewers PEN Critics

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 19:12
An editorial offers a defense against the charge that the satirical weekly is hostile to Muslims and immigrants.







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ArtsBeat: Alice Notley Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 13:29
The Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize is presented annually to a living American poet for lifetime accomplishment.







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