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School Library Journal weighs in

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

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School Library Journal reviewed Gil Marsh and had some nice things to say.

If the strange names, the story of male friendship, and mythological quest sound familiar, it’s because Bauer is retelling the epic of Gilgamesh, supposedly the oldest story every written. This contemporary version is loosely based on the legend, with names, places, and elements throughout that echo the original. The novel is plot-driven and retains a mythlike quality. A worthy addition.

Thank you SLJ!…

Review

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Gollywhopper Games

I wrote a short review about Jody Feldman’s The Gollywhopper Games over at Write Up Our Alley.…

“Engaging and touching”

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

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Bookworm Buddies is a blog written by Manhattan Public Library staff in Manhattan, Kansas, where they recommend books for kids. They reviewed Come Fall and really liked it.

Here’s my favorite quote:

I picked this book up initially for the cover art. I couldn’t imagine how this tricky plot could work, but it does! Bauer successfully weaves the subplots together with sympathetic characters. Pick Come Fall up for a story that’s engaging and touching.

You can read the entire review here.

Thank you Bookworm Buddies!…

Milk and Cookies liked Come Fall

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

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Milk and Cookies: Comfort Reading reviewed Come Fall and liked it, giving it “3 yummy chocolate chip cookies”.

My favorite bits:

I Kept Reading Because: I wanted to know the secret of Salman and I really liked how the characters were written. It kept my interest!

She adds:

This is actually a book where chapters told from different points of view really worked. In fact, I loved how Blos was written. The ones about him were my favorite chapters. I was very impressed with how the author wrote Blos.

In conclusion:

This was an easy enjoyable read, with a touch of supernatural that many middle grade readers will enjoy. With the variety of main characters most readers will identify with one of them.

You can read the entire review here.…

Flamingnet weighs in

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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Flamingnet Young Adult Book Blog is, “a worldwide network of preteen and teen book reviewers. The website offers book reviews written by young adults on young adult books.”

One of their reviewers read Come Fall, and liked it! My favorite quote:

When you throw together three unlikely friends and the tricky messenger of fey, you end up with an interesting and warm tale of friendship and a wonderful read. When reading this book, I was sucked in by the intriguing characters and warm fall feeling, setting an overall tone of warmth. Switching between the perspectives of each character also gave the book a curious feel as you got to see the experiences of each one. The characters were believable and unique, each one with their own quirks and personalities that help shape the odd and indescribable feel of the book.

You can find the full review here.…

Booklist review

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

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Booklist reviewed Come Fall, and liked it. They found the story to be a “touching blend of realism and fantasy.”

My favorite quote:

“Weaving in magic, dreams, doubles, contrasts, and other elements from [A Midsummer Night's Dream], Bauer spins an enticing variant.”

Thank you Booklist!…

Another nice review

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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Charlotte’s Library, a blog that focuses on fantasy and science fiction books for kids and teenagers, gave Come Fall a really nice review. “[A]n excellent book full of vivid characterization,” it said.

My favorite quote:

In essence, this is a middle grade story of friendship, one of negotiating the complexities of growing up and being true to one’s self. And it’s a fine example of that genre. The magical underpinnings are unobtrusive, linked to the events of the “real” world, but not so much as to make the kids’ story, in itself, a fantasy. In fact, the story of Salm[a]n, Lu, and Blos could stand alone without the fairies.

But Titania, Oberon, and Puck add a dimension to it that gives it a special zest, a magical intrigue that makes a fairly predictable story into something more.

You can read the full review here. Thank you Charlotte’s Library!…

Some nice nods

Monday, August 16th, 2010

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I’m happy to report that the Waterloo Public Library in Waterloo, Ontario chose Come Fall for its August 5th Sizzling Staff Selections among new children’s books. Thank you Waterloo Public Library!

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Meanwhile, blogger Debbie Winkler gave No Castles Here a wonderful review in her July 29th posting. Thank you Debbie!…

It’s a star!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

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On July 12, Publishers Weekly gave Come Fall a starred review!

“[T]he power of true friendship prevails in this magical yet realistic tale that, quite rightly, makes middle school feel like a trip through a dark and scary forest populated by not-so-friendly creatures.”

A delicious brrr! You can read the full review here. Thank you Publishers Weekly.…

Horn Book has nice things to say

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

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The Horn Book Magazine had some very nice things to say about Come Fall in its July/August issue.

Noting that the book is a take on A Midsummer’s Night Dream, the reviewer, Susan Dove Lempke, thought that “the interweaving of magical and realistic elements works surprisingly smoothly,” and “[d]espite its Shakespearean roots, this is a very accessible story.” She found the characters “distinctly and sympathetically drawn, and some of the most heart-wrenching and beautifully written passages are in the form of . . . language arts assignments.” She concluded, “[t]he book is an excellent introduction to Shakespeare’s play, and initiates will enjoy picking up little references such as Blos’s name (a riff on Peaseblossom), but this is, on its own, a compelling story about friendship and trust.”

Thank you Horn Book!…

 

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