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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.


PICTURE BOOK Daniel's Good Day by Micha Archer; Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99. ... Micha Archer's vibrant oil-and-collage illustrations depict young Daniel’s diverse urban neighborhood as a paradise of budding trees, blooming flowers and friendly people as Daniel asks one person after another (a woman painting houses, a woman driving a bus, a baker, a mail carrier,…

CHILDREN'S All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker; illustrations by Kelly Murphy; Viking, 307 pages ($17.99) Ages 10 and up. ... The "Greys" of the title refer not to a family but to the color, in this extraordinary debut novel set against the gritty backdrop of New York City in the 1980s. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist, always sketching in her noteb…

YOUNG ADULT The Missing of Clairdelune, Volume 2 of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos, translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle; Europa Editions, 540 pages ($20.95) Ages 12 and up. ... Prepare to be dazzled yet again, as French author Christelle Dabos returns in Book 2 with an even more deliciously complicated fantasy featuring formidable heroin…

PICTURE BOOK The Good Son: A Story From the First World War Told in Miniature by Pierre-Jacques Ober, illustrated by Jules Ober and Felicity Coonan; Candlewick Studio ($22) ... "About one hundred years ago, the whole world went to war.  The war was supposed to last months. It lasted years." With spare narration, and scene after haunting scene of the devastation of…

CHILDREN'S Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught; Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 304 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12 (Publication May 14) ... "When the apocalypse came to Avery, Kentucky, I thought Great-Aunt Gustine was out getting a pedicure at Nails, Nails, Nails, that salon with a big pink foot on the door, Dad was teaching English on the…

PICTURE BOOK The Last Peach by Gus Gordon; Roaring Brook Press, $17.99. ... Two bugs contemplate the last peach of summer, as other insects give them advice, in this beguiling tale of friendship, laced with humor, from the Australian author-illustrator of "Herman and Rose" and "Somewhere Else." Shall they eat it? There may never be "another peach so lovely. And ro…

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This year's Decorators' Show house, in the Palmer Centennial House at 288 Lincoln Parkway, features three floors of professionally decorated rooms and spaces, more than 100 windows, multiple sunrooms, an inground pool, an outdoor kitchen and more. It is open for tours from April 27 to May 19. The event is cosponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News.

CHILDREN'S The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 371 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... Ali Benjamin follows up her extraordinary debut novel "The Truth About Jellyfish" – a National Book Award finalist – with the equally wonderful, but very different and entirely original "The Next Great Paulie Fink." It's a middle schoo…

YOUNG ADULT The Line Tender by Kate Allen; Dutton Children's Books, 371 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up.  ... This extraordinary debut novel, narrated in the wise-beyond-her-years voice of a 12-year-old girl, tantalizes with the sweet possibilities of first love, plumbs the depths of grief after unthinkable loss, and looks to the still unexplained wonders of the nat…

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These are the 20 design concepts for repurposing Buffalo’s former DL&W elevated railway berm into a multi-use nature trail. They were selected among more than 90 total entries from around the world. A seven-member jury of local, national and international experts will pick three top designs over the next month. The community at large will vote on a single Community Cho…

CHILDREN'S The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd; Kathy Dawson Books/Imprint Penguin-Random House; 294 pages ($16.99) Ages 9 to 12. From the very first sentence ("There is such a thing as honorable lying"), author Gail Shepherd draws the reader in to her extraordinary debut novel narrated in the smart, sassy, memorable voice of 11-year-old Lyndon "Ly…

YOUNG ADULT Beast Rider, A boy's journey beyond the border by Tony Johnston and Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads; Amulet Books, 159 pages ($17.99) Age 12 and up. ... This haunting, heart-wrenching tale of one boy's dangerous journey from his home in Mexico to reunite with his older brother  in Los Angeles explores the bonds of family, the ties of home, and the despe…

CHILDREN'S The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; Henry Holt, 341 pages ($16.99) ... This heartwarming road trip tale, of a girl and her father finding their way back after a tragedy, comes from Dan Gemeinhart, Washington State-based author of "Some Kind of Courage," "Good Dog" and "The Honest Truth." Since her mother and two sisters were …