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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 I'm Not Missing by Carrie Fountain; Flatiron Books, 326 pages ($18.99) Ages 14 and up. This fine debut novel by poet Carrie Fountain, set in Las Cruces, N.M., is a poignant exploration of love, loss, friendship, betrayal and identity. In the middle of their senior year of high school, Miranda Black's best friend Syd disappears, leaving behind only a cr…

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As the baseball season winds down, spend a day at Coca-Cola Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons. Architect HOK designed the old-school ballpark to fit into its downtown neighborhood, a model that would later be embraced by cities around the nation. Opened in 1988 as Pilot Field, the stadium later became Dunn Tire Park, then North AmeriCare Park before becoming Coca-Cola Fiel…

CHILDREN'S Endling the Last: Book One by Katherine Applegate; HarperCollins, 400 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This brilliantly conceived, thrilling fantasy with its pulse-pounding suspense and sobering message comes from the Newbery Medal-winning author of "The One and Only Ivan"and the Animorphs series. "Ivan" was told from told from the point of view of a goril…

YOUNG ADULT Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi; Feiwel and Friends, 327 pages ($17.99). Ages 14 and up. ... Lulu (short for Leila) Saad is always attracted to the wrong kind of boy ("Why couldn't nice boys smell like peppermint and gin?"), and we first meet her emerging from a closet at a party after a make-out session. Then she gets infuriated with the…

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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You may think you know Buffalo — but have you ever seen it like this? From dawn to dusk, from summer to winter, go above and beyond Buffalo through these breathtaking photos and aerial video by Buffalo News Chief Photographer Derek Gee, an FAA licensed drone pilot and a founding member of the #BNdrone team.

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 …

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…