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click to enlarge - Love, Stargirl  -  - Jerry Spinelli  - Random House Children's Books, - $16.99/hardcover  -  - After seven years, young-adult author and Newbery - Medalist Jerry Spinelli returns to finally give voice to his - beloved character, Stargirl, in Love, Stargirl. This - book is not a sequel; rather, it's a companion piece that - begins after Stargirl's dramatic disappearance from Mica - High. Readers will love following this quirky heroine's - letters to her former boyfriend Leo (mail she claims will - never be sent). While Stargirl had the feel of a - modern-day fable, Love, Stargirl focuses instead - on the growth of the main character, and that of the - many people she comes to befriend in her new home - over the course of a year. And even though this book - and the previous one don't quite jibe (remember, - Love, Stargirl is just a companion), fans of the - first won't want to miss out on the second.  - Kirsten Akens
  • Love, Stargirl

    Jerry Spinelli

    Random House Children's Books, $16.99/hardcover

    After seven years, young-adult author and Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli returns to finally give voice to his beloved character, Stargirl, in Love, Stargirl. This book is not a sequel; rather, it's a companion piece that begins after Stargirl's dramatic disappearance from Mica High. Readers will love following this quirky heroine's letters to her former boyfriend Leo (mail she claims will never be sent). While Stargirl had the feel of a modern-day fable, Love, Stargirl focuses instead on the growth of the main character, and that of the many people she comes to befriend in her new home over the course of a year. And even though this book and the previous one don't quite jibe (remember, Love, Stargirl is just a companion), fans of the first won't want to miss out on the second. Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge The Dark River  -  - John Twelve Hawks  - Doubleday, $24.95/hardcover -  -  - Installment No. 2 in John Twelve Hawks' Fourth - Realm Trilogy continues to track the battle between - good ("Harlequin" warriors and dimension-hopping - "Travelers") and evil ("The Brethren" of "The Vast - Machine"), as begun in the bestselling The - Traveler. Though the writing fails to transcend the - caliber of airport-newsstand fiction, it at least lures you - to read on and watch as his version of The Matrix - 's characters get their comeuppance. The - introduction of "free runners"  rowdy Europeans who - rebelliously race through urban obstacles, even roof- - hopping at times  adds a nice touch to the fast-paced - narrative. The Indiana Jones wannabe scenes, - however, do not. Grab this one on as a book-on-tape or - in paperback form. But pay cash, of course, because a - credit card will put you "on the grid."  - Matthew Schniper
  • The Dark River

    John Twelve Hawks

    Doubleday, $24.95/hardcover

    Installment No. 2 in John Twelve Hawks' Fourth Realm Trilogy continues to track the battle between good ("Harlequin" warriors and dimension-hopping "Travelers") and evil ("The Brethren" of "The Vast Machine"), as begun in the bestselling The Traveler. Though the writing fails to transcend the caliber of airport-newsstand fiction, it at least lures you to read on and watch as his version of The Matrix 's characters get their comeuppance. The introduction of "free runners" rowdy Europeans who rebelliously race through urban obstacles, even roof- hopping at times adds a nice touch to the fast-paced narrative. The Indiana Jones wannabe scenes, however, do not. Grab this one on as a book-on-tape or in paperback form. But pay cash, of course, because a credit card will put you "on the grid." Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Loving Frank  -  - Nancy Horan  - Random House, $23.95/hardcover -  -  - During the early 1900s, Mamah Borthwick Cheney and - her husband commissioned architect Frank Lloyd Wright - to build a home for them. The construction of this house - would be a turning point for all involved, as Cheney and - Wright would build not only a home, but a relationship - that would become one of the most shocking affairs to - hit Chicago society. In Loving Frank, Nancy - Horan melds historical fact and fiction while presenting - Mamah's little-known struggle to "be it all"  a mother, - a wife, a woman, a friend, a sexual being. Beautifully - written, Loving Frank only goes wrong during its - final 30 pages. While historically correct in context, the - change in voice and tone is jarring and leaves the reader - disturbed and lost. Don't let this keep you from reading - the book; just be prepared for a chaotic race to the end. -  Kirsten Akens
  • Loving Frank

    Nancy Horan

    Random House, $23.95/hardcover

    During the early 1900s, Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her husband commissioned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to build a home for them. The construction of this house would be a turning point for all involved, as Cheney and Wright would build not only a home, but a relationship that would become one of the most shocking affairs to hit Chicago society. In Loving Frank, Nancy Horan melds historical fact and fiction while presenting Mamah's little-known struggle to "be it all" a mother, a wife, a woman, a friend, a sexual being. Beautifully written, Loving Frank only goes wrong during its final 30 pages. While historically correct in context, the change in voice and tone is jarring and leaves the reader disturbed and lost. Don't let this keep you from reading the book; just be prepared for a chaotic race to the end. Kirsten Akens

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