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CHILDREN'S The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; Scholastic, 233 pages ($16.99) Ages 9 to 13. ... The latest marvelous novel of the African-American experience from acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis (winner of Newbery Honors for "The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963" and the Newbery Medal for "Bud, Not Buddy") takes place just before the Civil …

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Lori Richmond has been a children's book author and illustrator for only about three years, but the job always intrigued her. "My parents say I was drawing pictures before I could even speak," the Long Island native said this week during a telephone interview. "Through high school and middle school, I was always the one that people would commission to make posters for t…