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Alice Paul and the Fight for
By Deborah Kops.
Feb. 2017. 224p. illus. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, $17.95
(9781629793238). 324.6. Gr. 9–12.
You might say that American Alice Paul
(1885–1977) was born a feminist. Raised in
the Quaker tradition, which from its outset
embraced gender equality,
she was further radicalized
as a sociology doctoral can-
didate in England when she
first heard suffragist Chris-
tabel Pankhurst address a
hostile crowd. “I want to
throw in all the strength I
can give to help,” Paul de-
termined. That she did in a pitched battle
spanning six decades, from the struggle to
pass the Nineteenth Amendment through the
Second Wave attempt to append the still un-
realized Equal Rights Amendment. Paul and
her cohorts came up with ingenious means of
infiltrating the bastions of power: in London,
she and an ally disguised themselves as clean-
ing women in order to disrupt a guildhall
banquet with shouts of “Votes for women!”
The gambit occasioned her first imprison-
ment, leading to a hunger strike and forced
feeding—a horrendous procedure rendered
here factually and without sensationalism.
Her health compromised by three such or-
deals, Paul soldiered on, creatively. Young
activists could learn a lot from this clear, en-
gaging biography, which makes excellent use
of primary sources and contains a number of
black-and-white photographs. An extensive
bibliography provides further resources for
students interested in digging up more on
the secret of Paul’s success: keep changing
the delivery method while holding fast to the
message. —Sandy MacDonald
The Book That Made Me: A Collection of
32 Personal Stories.
Ed. by Judith Ridge. Illus. by Shaun
Mar. 2017. 256p. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763695491);
paper, $9.99 (9780763696719). 820. Gr. 7–10.
In this unusual anthology, 31 writers reflect
De-Extinction: The Science of Bringing
on the books that “made them” as readers
and as writers. The authors of these short
personal essays hail mainly from Australia,
with a few from New Zealand and England.
Contributors include Markus Zusak, Kate
Constable, Alison Croggon, and Mal Peet,
though authors less well known in North
America contributed several of the liveliest
and most absorbing chapters. Illustrations
include a photo of each writer as a child or
teen, as well as many cartoonlike drawings
by Tan, whose essay discusses artists as well
as authors as influences. The chapters vary
in length and approach, with many writers
discussing multiple pivotal books, and one,
Will Kostakis, telling the story of how an
assignment to read Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet
(1987) made him a writer, even though
he “only read about six pages.” The handy
“Books Mentioned in the Collection” index
offers a fine way to discover kindred spirits
among authors. A good discussion starter
among readers, this volume will intrigue
many fans of children’s and young adult
books. —Carolyn Phelan
Lost Species Back to Life.
By Rebecca E. Hirsch.
Apr. 2017. 120p. illus. Lerner/Twenty-First Century, lib.
ed., $35.99 (9781467794909). 591.68. Gr. 8–12.
Could woolly mammoths roam the earth
again? Following an overview of the planet’s
five previous mass extinctions and why scientists believe we are in the midst of a sixth
extinction, Hirsch examines how science
could bring back some of these extinct species. She explains the limited success of
creating a bucardo, a kind of ibex that went
extinct in 2000, and how the process of
de-extinction—injecting extinct animals’
DNA into somatic cells—could potentially
bring back the woolly mammoth, passenger
pigeon, and other once abundant species. In
this detailed and balanced approach, the author considers necessary factors, such as viable
habitats and if related species can act as parents, as well as the numerous pros and cons
of this tremendous undertaking. Color photos illustrate some of the species in question
and depict scientific work already in progress.
Other topics include why Jurassic Park will
never be a reality, and how “frozen zoos” are
collecting DNA samples from endangered
species. A thought-provoking STEM title for
research and debate. —Angela Leeper
A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who
Made Us Human.
By Kay Frydenborg.
Mar. 2017. 256p. illus. HMH, $18.99 (9780544286566);
e-book, $18.99 (9781328694904). 636.7. Gr. 8–12.
With vast scope and thorough research,
Frydenborg (Wild Horse Scientists, 2012)
explores the evolution of humans and their
most constant compan-
ions. Dogs, she says, have
been our most enduring
partners since our earliest
days, and as we tamed and
domesticated them, they
changed the course of our
own development. Despite
our long relationship with
dogs, this coevolution has been little dis-
cussed. Frydenborg begins in the Paleolithic
era, explaining how fossils and cave paint-
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Beach Party Surf Monkey. By Chris Grabenstein. Illus. by Brooke Allen. Random, $13.99
When teenage celebs and the production of a forthcoming film hit their hometown,
P. T. and pal Gloria start scheming for stardom in this sequel to best-seller Grabenstein’s
Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel (2016).
Crazy House. By James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet. Little, Brown/JIMMY Patterson, $17.99 (9780316431316). May.
Following up the Witch & Wizard series, Patterson and Charbonnet return with a fresh
dystopian mash-up. Wrongfully imprisoned by an authoritarian government, Becca’s only
hope is her twin, Cass—the one jailers meant to take in the first place.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. By Drew Daywalt. Illus. by Adam Rex.
HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062438898). Apr.
First came the game. Now comes the legend. Daywalt, of The Day the Crayons Came
Home (2015) fame, and best-seller Rex team up to tell the story of three fearless heroes:
Rock, Paper, and Scissors.
Triangle. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763696030).
From the Caldecott Honor–winning duo behind Extra Yarn (2012) and Sam & Dave Dig a
Hole (2014) comes the tale of a tricky triangle and an unsuspecting square. The first in a
new trilogy, this one promises good old-fashioned deception and laughs aplenty.
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