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Jean Westmoore

Member of News digital desk and longtime News' children's book reviewer News employee since 1983, serving on copy desk, as assistant city editor, NeXt editor, Features copy editor. Previously worked as reporter and editor at the Niagara Gazette. Graduate of Oberlin College and Lockport Senior High School. Native of Dayton, Ohio.


YOUNG ADULT The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom; Feiwel and Friends, 309 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... This delightful historical adventure, set in 1808 when the “Wild West” was the Genesee Valley of Western New York, marks a promising debut for Melissa Ostrom, who teaches English literature at Genesee Community College and lives in Holley, N.Y. Hard-working, outs…

GRAPHIC Novel Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, color by Alec Longstreet; First Second, ($12.99) Ages 8 and up. ... Gifted author-illustrator Vera Brosgol, who was born in Moscow and moved to the U.S. at the age of five, has created a funny, poignant, uniquely Russian-flavored graphic novel memoir about her childhood experience at a Russian Orthodox summer camp. Her wonderfu…

CHILDREN'S The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty; Random House, 304 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This marvelous debut novel by a former mechanical engineer stars 12-year-old Lucy Callahan, a math genius whose idea of fun is reading old engineering textbooks and chatting in online math forums. She owes both her gift at math – and her obsessive compu…

CHILDREN’S The Lifters by Dave Eggers; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 352 pages ($1799) Ages 8 to 12. ... Dave Eggers, author of acclaimed picture books "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray" and "Her Right Foot," makes an impressive middle-grade fiction debut with this terrific story of a town with a secret. Twelve-year-old Granite "Gran" Flowerpetal expects to be …

YOUNG ADULT Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 400 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... The mapmaker’s skill and vital importance in the ancient world is central to this thrilling, beautifully written adventure set in a fantastic realm of long ago, when lepers were shunned, travel was by horseback, deadly sea serpents threatened sai…

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The members of the 2018 All-Western New York basketball teams, featuring first-team photographs taken by James P. McCoy at Statler City in the historic Statler building downtown. The annual All-Western New York issue is published Saturday.

YOUNG ADULT Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert; Hyperion, 368 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of William C. Morris Award-finalist "Conviction," has written a poignant, unforgettable novel, told through the eyes of 18-year-old Danny Cheng, the son of Chinese immigrants and a gifted artist. Danny and his friends Henry Wong and Regina…

YOUNG ADULT I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman; Viking, 272 pages ($18.99) Ages 14 and up. Three lonely young people, all struggling with profound loss and the oppressive burden of impossible expectation, meet in a dramatic accident  in New York's Central Park and forge a strong connection with each other in this exquisite heartbreaker of a novel by the gifted Gayle …

CHILDREN’S Aru Shah and the End of Time, Book One in the Pandava quartet by Roshani Chokshi; Rick Riordan Presents/Disney-Hyperion Imprint, 368 pages ($16.99). Ages 8 to 12. ... A death-defying quest to save the world featuring a 12-year-old girl wearing Spider-Man pajamas is the marvelous first outing for "Percy Jackson" creator Rick Riordan's new imprint dedicated t…

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CHILDREN’S NONFICTION Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, paintings by Brian Pinkney; Scholastic, 123 pages ($19.99) Ages 9 to 12. (Jan. 2 publication) ... On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comes this stunning poetic tribute to the martyred civil rights leader, focusing on the final weeks of his life as he …

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Shortly after a fire severely damaged St. Patrick's Church in Lackawanna, Father Nelson Baker dreamed of replacing it with a grander building dedicated to Our Lady of Victory. The Basilica construction began in 1921 and was finished by Christmas of 1925. Take a look inside one of Western New York's most beautiful churches.

YOUNG ADULT Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi; Simon & Schuster, 391 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. Two lonely, damaged souls emerge from their solitude to connect - almost entirely by text message - in this whip-smart, hilarious and poignant love story, the debut novel  by Mary H.K. Choi, a culture correspondent for "Vice News Tonight" on HBO. The novel unfolds, i…

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Fans of Westerns and crime dramas will find much to like in "Longmire," a contemporary Western crime series based on the"Walt Longmire" detective novels by Craig Johnson. The show has particular appeal to an older audience, who may better appreciate a weather-beaten, 50-something sheriff riding to the rescue in his Bronco, rappelling down a cliff using belts and handcuffs …