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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.


CHILDREN'S Dead Voices by Katherine Arden; G.P. Putnam's Sons, 256 pages ($16.99) Ages 10 and up. ... The three friends who survived an encounter with menacing scarecrows and the nasty smiling man in "Small Spaces" return for an equally scary adventure in this thrilling, pitch-perfect follow-up, as Katherine Arden once again shows herself to be the master of the h…

CHILDREN'S The 47 People You'll Meet in Middle School by Kristin Mahoney; Knopf, 288 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This utterly charming novel, written as advice from sixth grader Augusta "Gus" Reynolds to her little sister, explores middle school through the lens of the people Augusta meets there as she attempts to find her "village," her "people," as her perc…

CHILDREN'S The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner; Henry Holt, 267 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This dazzling debut novel from Heather Kassner offers a breathtakingly original tale, at once terrifying and thrilling, of a girl conjured up out of bone dust and imagination, and of her struggle to break free of her creator. Irréelle, with her long white hair, misma…

PICTURE BOOK Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk; Harper ($17.99) ... Award-winning nonfiction author Susan Hood brings her lyrical gifts to the first-hand account by reporter Pathana Sornhiran of the amazing rescue by an international dive team of 12 boys of the Wi…

YOUNG ADULT The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen; Henry Holt, 369 pages ($18.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Publishers Weekly used the phrase "visceral fantasy" for Margaret Owen's extraordinary debut novel, and there's no better phrase to describe her vivid prose, that sings and sparks as it plunges  the reader into a meticulously crafted world, into the headlong rush of …

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Bills training camp was in its third day at St. John Fisher College in Rochester on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Training camp continues through Aug. 6. The Bills play the Colts in their first preseason home game Aug. 8.

YOUNG ADULT Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly; Scholastic, 342 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Award-winning author Jennifer Donnelly offers a fresh and feminist take on the Brothers Grimm version of the Cinderella story in this intriguing novel told from the perspective of Isabelle, the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes, at her mother's command, so she could …

YOUNG ADULT The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair; Katherine Tegen Books, 480 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Cheerleader-turned-gladiator Vesper Montgomery takes her place with Katniss Everdeen, Beatrice Prior and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the pantheon of kick-butt teenage heroines in debut novelist Katharyn Blair's thrilling new fantasy, a spellbindin…

YOUNG ADULT Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson, with lyrics by Malik "Malik-16" Sharif; Katherine Tegen Books, 376 pages ($17.99) Ages 13 and up. ... From the author of YA novels "Allegedly" and "Monday's Not Coming" comes a thrilling, heart-rending, unforgettable novel of a promising teen rap artist, killed at 17 in an apparent street shooting in his Bedfo…

CHILDREN'S Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos; Wendy Lamb Books, 221 pages ($16.99) ... This poignant debut novel, partly inspired by the author's own experience, does a wondrous job presenting the perspective of an autistic girl who has spent her young life shuffled from one foster home to another with her older sister. Twelve-year-old Nova, who is nonver…

CHILDREN'S York Book 2, the Clockwork Ghost by Laura A. Ruby; Walden Pond Press, 446 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... With "The Clockwork Ghost," National Book Award finalist Laura Ruby continues her brilliant "York" trilogy set in an alternative New York City, weaving a fascinating tapestry of historical personalities and places with a  steampunk overlay of brill…

YOUNG ADULT In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton; Algonquin, 320 pages ($17.95) Ages 12 and up.  ... Aspiring Atlanta debutantes compete for beaus, memorize a "pink book" of etiquette ("never show one's bosom before evening") and sling back an astonishing amount of booze while turning a blind eye to the rank injustice and racism of the Jim Crow Sout…

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Buffalo's 44th annual Juneteenth Festival got underway Saturday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park with the parade, vendors, dancing, Underground Railroad tours and stages featuring arts and cultural offerings. The festival continues Sunday. Juneteenth, a celebration of African American heritage, is the oldest known observance celebrating the end of slavery in the United State…