Author Archive

I Spy’s Jean Marzollo

April 12, 2018

Jean Marzollo, the author and creator of the popular ‘I Spy’ books, died April 10th at age 75. Ms. Marzollo was a local Hudson Valley resident of Cold Spring, NY. Her books sold over 40 million copies. Cold Spring resident Jean Marzollo was the author of

Russell Freedman

April 3, 2018

Children’s author, Russell Freedman, died March 16th at the age of 88 in New York.

He has written over 60 non-fiction books and won the Newbery Medal in 1988 for ‘Lincoln.’ Mr. Freedman’s books took on less well-known subjects as well as more popular topics, such as “Eleanor Roosevelt,” “Immigrant Kids,” “Buffalo Hunt,” “Children of the Great Depression,” “Becoming Ben Franklin,” “Angel Island,” “The Wright Brothers,” and “Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor.” No matter the subject, Freedman’s books were always well-written, well-researched and accompanied by great photographs. I always knew to trust his information which was well described in his extensive bibliographies and end notes.  I always purchased his books for my school library knowing they would be impeccably written and a beautiful work of art.

Austin Kleon- Blackout Poetry

March 29, 2018

One of the best  web sites to find black out poetry is Austin Kleon. He is a best-selling author, artist and writer. In honor of April is Poetry month, blackout poetry is fun to read and create. His books,  “Show your work! : 10 Ways to Share your Creativity and Get Discovered,” “Newspaper Blackout,” and “Steal Like an Artist” are available through our library system.


Mystery author: Margaret Yorke

March 22, 2018

Image resultIf you’ve read all of Agatha Christie’s books and prefer psychological mysteries set in England, Margaret Yorke is an author to sample. The Guardian compared Yorke to Miss Marple when she passed away in 2012. Yorke spent time in Ireland and during WWII was employed as a hospital librarian. She began writing in the late 1950’s and her last novel was published in 2001. With over 40 mystery novels, Yorke was never as well known as Rendell or P.D. James and yet was quite successful and served as the chair of the Crime Writers Association.  Her mysteries often begin with setting the stage in country or suburban English villages. Her characters have many layers. She slowly reveals more about each person and the reader sees their motives and choices unfold naturally. Yorke is one of my favorites who never disappoints.  A few titles to try are:

  • The Smooth Face of Evil (1984)
  • Intimate Kill (1985)
  • Safely to the Grave (1986)
  • A Small Deceit (1991)
  • Criminal Damage (1992)
  • Dangerous to Know (1993)
  • Almost the Truth (1994)
  • Serious Intent (1995)
  • A Question of Belief (1996)
  • Act of Violence (1997)
  • False Pretenses (1998)
  • The Price of Guilt (1999)
  • A Case to Answer (2000)
  • Cause for Concern (2001)


Shortlists for UK children’s books announced

March 15, 2018

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The finalists were announced today for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 shortlist is:

  1. Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
  2. After the Fire by Will Hill
  3. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
  4. Rook by Anthony McGowan
  5. Release by Patrick Ness
  6. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
  7. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  8. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

    The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 shortlist is:

  1. King of the Sky illustrated by Laura Carlin and written by Nicola Davies
  2. Night Shift illustrated and written by Debi Gliori
  3. A First Book of Animals illustrated by Petr Horáček and written by Nicola Davies
  4. The Song from Somewhere Else illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by A.F. Harrold
  5. Town is by the Sea illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz
  6. Thornhill illustrated and written by Pam Smy
  7. Under the Same Sky illustrated and written by Britta Teckentrup

“Patrick Ness could become the first author to win a Carnegie medal three times after his novel Release made the shortlist for the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book award.” says The Guardian. Unlike the USA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards, the UK publishes the books that made the shortlists before announcing their final winners at a later date. CLICK the icon above to read more about the medals and shortlist winners.

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