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Jean Westmoore

Jean Westmoore is a digital content editor and the News' longtime children's book reviewer. She was the editor of The News' award-winning youth section, NeXt, from 1998 to 2009.


YOUNG ADULT The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas; Delacorte Press, 384 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This suspenseful, well-crafted thriller, from the author of "Little Monsters" and "The Darkest Corners," will appeal to fans of E. Lockhart's "We Were Liars," Sara Shepard's "Pretty Little Liars" and television's "Veronica Mars" and is a terrific summer read. At Sunnyb…

YOUNG ADULT Scream All Night by Derek Milman; Balzar and Bray, 389 pages ($17.99). Ages 14 and up. ...  17-year-old Dario Heyward reluctantly goes home for the first time in five years, invited by his much older brother, Oren, to participate in an unusual sendoff for their Alzheimer's-stricken father: legendary B horror filmmaker Lucien Heyward wishes to be buried ali…

CHILDREN’S The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 304 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12 .... Eleven-year-old half-sister Lydia is the star of this fifth and final Penderwick book, the sweet conclusion to the charming family saga that began with 2005 National Book Award-winner, “The Penderwicks.” The original four sisters are…

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YOUNG ADULT Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen; Candlewick Press, 337 pages ($18.99) Ages 16 and up. ... This beautifully written, fresh reimagining of "Beauty and the Beast" finds new depths in the familiar fairy tale, exploring the nature of ugliness, the lie of the handsome exterior, the hidden beauty of the Beast. (On the opening page is the Greta Ga…

CHILDREN’S Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins; Greenwillow Books, 223 pages ($16.99). Ages 8 to 12. ... This charming novel of a girl’s first family beach vacation vividly evokes the childhood wonder of the first experience of the ocean. Perkins, who drew the marvelous illustrations, tells the story from the younger sister’s perspective, as Alix …

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The 2018 All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete spring sports team consists of 123 winners and 572 who were honorable mention. To be nominated for the team, students must have carried a 90-plus average for the previous six semesters and been a starter or significant player in their sport. The scholar-athlete team is open to seniors from Western New York's 100-plus public and…

CHILDREN'S The Button War: A Tale of the Great War by Avi; Candlewick Press, 229 pages ($16.99). Ages 10 to 14. The author of more than 60 books for young people including 2003 Newbery Medal-winner "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" has published, at age 80, possibly his finest work yet, in the compelling, brilliant "The Button War," which one reviewer called reminiscent of "S…

YOUNG ADULT In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira; Farrar Straus Giroux; 399 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This extraordinary, poignant, beautiful novel, of love and loss, of family secrets, of mothers and daughters, is told from the alternating perspectives of 17-year-old Marilyn and, 18 years later, of her daughter, 17-year-old Angie. Angie and her mother have alw…

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Take a closer look at Silo City, the unique industrial site where four historic grain elevators are being preserved and incorporated into varied art and music installations, theatrical performances and numerous cultural events.

CHILDREN'S Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed; Nancy Paulsen Books, 226 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This beautifully written, moving tale by Pakistani-American author Aisha Saeed puts a human face on the global problem of indentured servitude, the persistence of a lawless, feudal state that allows the very wealthy to keep the poor in bondage and deny them an education. …