Archive | June, 2013

Bad Girls by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple

27 Jun




Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains

By Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Illustrated by Rebecca Guay

Copyright: 2013

Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple write a book about various bad girls from history.  The authors appear as themselves in comic strip format to discuss each person.  Each chapter starts with a lovely drawing of our female fatale.  The story or description of who the person is and what she did lasts only a few pages.  Then the authors appear in a comic strip adding information about the woman, pros and cons, and almost always a bad joke or pun to end the chapter.

In the chapter about Salome, the authors share her age to be have been only 10 or 11 years old when she danced for her stepfather/uncle.  Was she evil to ask for John the Baptist head on a platter or utterly manipulated by her mother and the adults around her.  Some of the stories are sad about women who have no control over their lives.  Others make you wonder about bored teenagers.  And still others make you laugh out loud of the way the women tricked the men.

It’s a very fast read.

Recommended: Grades 5 & up.


Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass

6 Jun


  Pi in the Sky

  By Wendy Mass

(via Hachette Book Group)
Publication Date: June 11, 2013

You should probably understand that under my librarian cover, I’m a math geek at heart.  I love math games and play on words.  I talked some teachers into celebrating Pi Day (3.14 or March 14) this year with awesome student-designed t-shirts.  The title alone makes me pick up this book.  The story carries itself.

Joss is a fairly nice 12 year old kid.  Of course, he’s been that age for eons, literally.  After all, when you are the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe, it’s hard to get a job.  Joss’ after-school job is delivering pies;  pies that hold the fundamental forces of nature.  It’s an easy way to deliver the information to the edges of the universe.  And they smell good too.

Annika is from Earth.  She’s human and through very improbable circumstances landed at the Powers That Be Headquarters.  Now Joss and Annika need to save Earth by rebuilding it.  Easy as pie!   (There’s no fish in the ear – but if I ever read a version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meant for preteens, this is it!)

This is a fun, frolicking trip through the universe with some physics thrown in to throw you off.

Recommended: Ages 8 & up