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Jean Westmoore

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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.

CHILDREN'S Lemons by Melissa Savage; Crown Books for Young Readers, 305 pages ($16.99). Ages 8 to 12. ... A heroine with the unlikely name of Lemonade Liberty Witt will steal your heart in this wonderful debut novel set in Willow Creek, Calif., “the Bigfoot Capital of the World,” in 1975. Lemonade’s mother has always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemo…

YOUNG ADULT The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares; Delacorte Press, 293 pages ($18.99) A list of players is required in the preface to sort out the complicated Thomas-Harrison  clan - divided by a very bitter divorce and subsequent remarriages - in this beautifully written novel from the author of the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series. Emma, Quinn an…

CHILDREN’S Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan; translated from the Mandarin by Helen Wang; illustrated by Meilo So; Candlewick Press, 381 pages ($16.99). Ages 8 and up. ... Two lonely children, scarred by tragedy, form an inseparable bond in this lovely novel from a beloved Chinese author set in the Chinese countryside during the Cultural Revolution. Seven-year-ol…

CHILDREN’S Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood; Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins; 368 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... A huge wall – called “The Seven Buttons” - is all that protects the Kingdom of Lightning Pass from destruction by Marauders outside. Or so the people of Lightning Pass – and the “magical maidens” in train…

GRAPHIC NOVEL Fish Girl by David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli; Clarion Books, 192 pages $25 hardcover, $17.99 paperback Ages 10 to 12. ... Three-time Caldecott Medalist David Wiesner and acclaimed author Donna Jo Napoli combine their considerable talents in this fascinating graphic novel, a magical if rather disturbing tale of a young mermaid kept in a boardwalk aqua…

CHILDREN'S One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High; HarperCollins, 257 pages ($16.99). Grades 3 to 7. ... Twelve-year-old Lily Rose and circus elephant Queenie Grace alternate as narrators in this poignant novel of friendship, family and home, set in the Magic Mountain Campground in West Virginia and the “circus town” of Gibtown, Fla., a designated “residentia…

PICTURE BOOK Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Floyd Cooper; Harper, $17.99. Ages 4 to 8.  ... The illustrious Walter Dean Myers, a five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, teams up with acclaimed artist Floyd Cooper, also a Coretta Scott King Award-winner, for this excellent illustrated biography of the great aboli…

YOUNG ADULT City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson; G.P. Putnam's Sons; 401 pages ($18.99) Ages 12 and up. ... Debut author Natalie C. Anderson used her background as a relief worker in Africa in crafting this pulse-pounding thriller of refugees, street gangs, murder, corruption, sacrifice and resilience set against the vivid backdrop of the fictional cit…

YOUNG ADULT Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine; Philomel Books, 228 pages ($17.99). Ages 12 and up. ... A 16-year-old arsonist reconnects with the absentee millionaire art-collector father she’s been taught to hate in this beautifully written, wondrously plotted novel that is equal parts love story, thrilling mystery, meditation on art, and harrowing tale of family dys…

CHILDREN’S The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; 339 pages, ($16.99) Ages 9 to 12. ... This poignant novel of love, loss and sacrifice, set in 1959 in the small town of Two Mills outside Philadelphia, comes from the author of many acclaimed novels for this age group including Newbery Medal winner “Maniac Magee. “ Twelv…