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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 13, 2012

Brian Wapole

Brian is the author of the young people’s novel The Feast of the Moon, a former high school English teacher, a free-lance writer, private tutor and fiction wizard for the Schaumburg Township District Library. Brian is currently writing a sequel to The Feast of the Moon as well as a novel about the ghost of a seventeen-year old boy striving to get the most out of death. His blog, Five-Minute Bedtime Stories, mines his extensive storytelling experience.

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The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 13, 2012

Humans know nothing of death, still less of danger and therefore do not live with honor.

So concludes the hamster in Brian Wapole’s youth/crossover novel, The Feast of the Moon, released January 2012, available in paperback through Amazon.com and as an e-book through Amazon-Kindle, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

The hamster – who would be insulted to learn he was given a name – is born on a prairie  preserve surrounded by subdivisions.  While still a pup he is snatched from his burrow by a human and given to a pre-teen girl.  Under her care he studies the baffling ways of these curious creatures, learning the surprising concept of friendship.

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 11, 2012

In celebration of African American History month, I discovered some especially moving books to share with The Children’s Book Review. Fighting for justice and equality through solidarity and courage, these books uncover the truth of the African American experience whether it’s during the time of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Movement or even today.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

By Kadir Nelson

In truly stunning paintings, Nelson follows the trajectory of the African-American experience in all of its harrowing and haunting glory. Beginning with slavery and ending with the civil rights movement, he gently describes the events to enlighten and as he explains in his gentle prologue, “make some things known before they’re gone for good.” You’ll find more details on Nelson’s remarkable book in these two stories from NPR and The New York Times and additional notes from the publisher. (Ages 8-11. Publisher: HarperCollins)

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 10, 2012

Enter to win a signed copy or Kindle edition of Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease.

Talk about exciting! Time travel, spaceships, and a chance to save Earth’s animals from extinction.

Giveaway begins February 10, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends March 9, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 8-13

Paperback: 321 pages

E-book Format: Kindle

By Nina Schuyler, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 6, 2012

Whatever your view of President Barak Obama, he has breathed new life into the iconic American wish, “When I grow up, I want to be president.” Not a blue blood or an actor or a gazillionaire, Obama has made the desire seem not so crazy.

If you want to inspire your little one, if your kid has a book report due, or if you just want to talk about some of the great men (yes, well, all men) who’ve led this country, there are loads of new books to choose from.

My First Biography: Abraham Lincoln

By Marion Dane Bauer; Illustrated by Liz Goulet Dubois

In simple-to-read sentences, My First Biography: Abraham Lincoln provides an overview of this great man. “A lot of people were surprised when Lincoln won. How could a man born in a log cabin be president?” It’s an art, really, to turn history into something understandable to a kindergartener. (Ages 3-5. Publisher: Scholastic Inc.)