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      Lisa Von Drasek hosts Read This Book!, which features University of Minnesota librarians who review books from various genres: including children’s literature, cookbooks, science, mysteries, and popular literature.

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      ‘The Lightning Thief’ reviewed on Read This Book!

      Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief is discussed by Jessica Abbazio and Lisa Von Drasek on Read This Book, from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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      Books by Kiersten White reviewed

      "Slayer" and "Chosen" are the two books, by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, reviewed on this installment of Read This Book by Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the  University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections. 
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      The Dean reviews ‘The Color Kittens’

      Dean of Libraries Lisa German joins Lisa Von Drasek to review "The Color Kittens" on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. "The Color Kittens" is a children's book by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, and published, as part of the Little Golden Books series, in 1949.
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      Earth Day 2020: Books about the environment

      To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Kristen Mastel has chosen three books to highlight the environment and the world around us. They are: "Braided Sweetgrass," by Robin Wall Kimmerer, "Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year" by Linda LeGarde Grover, and "Climate Justice" by Mary Robinson.
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      Annotated Editions: Sherlock Holmes and Sandman

      Tim Johnson recommends two annotated books — Sherlock Holmes and the Sandman — in this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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      #OperationReadAloud fills a needed gap for kids

      With schools closed and libraries shuttered due to COVID-19, children find themselves sequestered at home — many without enough books or activities to appease their curiosity. Enter Lisa Von Drasek, the energetic curator of the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Literature Research Collections, who has created a social media campaign called #OperationReadAloud as a way to reach children and families.
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      ‘Making Comics’ with Lisa Von Drasek

      Lisa Von Drasek discusses Making Comics by Scott McCloud, Making Comics by Lynda Barry, and Comics: Easy as ABC by Ivan Brunetti in this episode of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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      ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ reviewed on Read This Book!

      Jessica Abbazio, the University of Minnesota music librarian, reviews "The Lunar Chronicles" by Melissa Meyers on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. The Lunar Chronicles is a series of young adult science fiction novels that are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales.
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      ‘A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief’

      Zach Miller reviews A Shark Going Inland Is My Chief on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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      ‘Artificial Unintelligence’ reviewed on Read This Book!

      Cody Hennesy gave a thumbs up to Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World by Meredith Broussard in the latest installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries. In the book, Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems.
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      Holiday baking books with Megan Kocher

      Megan Kocher recommended two books on holiday baking in this episode of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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      ‘Written in Red’ reviewed by Kimberly Clarke

      Kimberly Clarke reviews a fantasy novel, "Written in Red," by Anne Bishop in this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
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      Books to give with Tim Johnson

      Tim Johnson recommends two books: "The Devil's Due" by Bonnie MacBird — a Sherlock Holmes Adventure — and "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger" by Rebecca Traister.
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      ‘A Wild Ride Through the Night’ reviewed

      Our Music Librarian Jessica Abbazio reviews "A Wild Ride Through the Night" by Walter Moers for this installment of Read This Book from the University Libraries. "A Wild Ride through the Night" describes the exhilarating and comic adventures of his twelve-year-old protagonist Gustave, a boy who aspires one day to be a great artist. 
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      Books about nature

      Librarian Kristen Mastel recommends two nature books — 'Into Nature' and 'The Hidden Life of Trees' — on this installment of Read This Book from the University of Minnesota Libraries, hosted by Lisa Von Drasek.
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      ‘Strange the Dreamer’ is highly recommended

      Librarian Alicia Kubas reviews "Strange the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor — a New York Times bestseller and Michael L. Printz honor book, which is an epic fantasy about a mythic lost city and its dark past.

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