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REBEKKAH’S JOURNEY
ANN E. BURG, ILLUSTRATED BY JOEL ISKOWITZ
(SLEEPING BEAR PRESS, 2007, $17.95)
“Created by a Rhinebeck writer and a Woodstock illustrator, the story is based on the little-known true tale of 1,000 World War II refugees invited in 1944 by FDR to stay at an empty Army base in upstate New York....The illustrations, mostly in tones of old-photo sepia, capture the story’s mood perfectly. Told with sincerity, restraint and age-appropriate detail, Rebekkah’s Journey is a strongly compelling tale.”
—Susan Krawitz, 2/07


POETRY

THIRST
Patrick Carrington (Codhill Press, 2007, $10)
“The winner of Codhill’s inaugural poetry chapbook contest crafts poems of glistening simplicity, as clear, hard, and vivid as stained-glass church windows. Selected by series editor and Chronogram writer Pauline Uchmanowicz, Thirst slakes the craving evoked by its title and Carla Rozman’s striking cover, leaving the reader sated.”
—Short Takes, 7/07

A WORLDLY COUNTRY

John Ashbery (Ecco, 2007, $23.95)
“The poems in [Ashbery’s] 26th collection, A Worldly Country, are dazzling thinking machines. Deeply attentive to sound, the poems are playfully formal (the title poem rhymes ‘hovel’ with ‘novel’; ‘Tweety Bird’ with ‘occurred’). If they were music, they’d be jazz–improvisational, witty, whimsical, and uniquely American.”
—Caitlin McDonnell, 5/07


YOUNG ADULT

MAUDE MARCH ON THE RUN!
OR, TROUBLE IS HER MIDDLE NAME

Audrey Couloumbis (Random House Books For Young Readers, 2007, $15.99)
“In this sequel to her acclaimed The Misadventures of Mad Maude March, part-time South Fallsburg resident Couloumbis keeps the dust churning, the bullets zipping, and the wry wit flying....Readers can hope these gals will hammer this trail yet again.”
—Susan Krawitz, 1/07

THE NEDDIAD: HOW NEDDIE TOOK THE TRAIN, WENT TO HOLLYWOOD, AND SAVED CIVILIZATION
Daniel Pinkwater (Houghton Mifflin, 2007, $16)
“An epic tale that mixes disparate genres and elements in a way only the author of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency and Lizard Music could imagine. It’s a road trip, a buddy story, a comedy, an encyclopedia, and a memoir, all of it saturated with grand mythological overtones and just plain crazy fun.”
—Susan Krawitz, 4/07

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