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Christine M. Irvin


Christine M. Irvin

Christine M. Irvin is both an avid reader and a book reviewer. She currently writes book reviews for,,, and the Christian Children’s Book Review.

She is also a writer, an editor and a published author. Ever since she was a young girl, Christine has wanted to “be a writer.” Later, she redefined that goal to that of being a “published writer,” as it seemed very easy to write something but very difficult to get anything published. She first achieved her goal when a short craft blurb she wrote was published in the November 1978 edition of The Workbasket magazine. Although that satisfied the technicality of being a “published writer,” it only served to whet her appetite for bigger goals and achievements. Today, Christine is the author of 11 published children’s books and numerous articles for both children and adults.

Christine lives in Columbus, OH with her husband, her son and her dog.

Christine M. Irvin

Reviews by Christine M. Irvin

by Candlewick Press - Children's 10+, History, Nonfiction, World History, Young Adult 10+

The Second World War was the most devastating war in history. Up to 80 million people died, and the map of the world was redrawn. More than 70 years after peace was declared, children interviewed family and community members to learn about the war from people who were there, to record their memories before they were lost forever. Now, in a unique collection, RAF pilots, evacuees, resistance fighters, Land Girls, U.S. Navy sailors and survivors of the Holocaust and the Hiroshima bombing all tell their stories, passing on the lessons learned to a new generation. Featuring many vintage photographs, this moving volume also offers an index of contributors and a glossary.

by Kay Woodward - Anthology, Biography, Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

From historic world leaders to brilliant scientists, artists, and modern-day pioneers, WHAT WOULD SHE DO? shares 25 incredible women's stories that educate and empower. Learn about the remarkable achievements and attitudes of feminist trailblazers such as Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama and other brave women who overcame huge obstacles to accomplish great things. Featuring stunning illustrations from diverse artists, this beautiful book will inspire young readers and prepare them to face any challenge by simply asking, "What would she do?"

by Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy - Biography, Children's, Children's 9-12, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction

This elegant and insightful biography of Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) was written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy. Using never-before-seen archival materials that include photographs, poems, letters and journal entries from when Madeleine was a child until just after the publication of her classic, A WRINKLE IN TIME, her granddaughters weave together an in-depth and unique view of the famous writer. It is a story of overcoming obstacles --- a lonely childhood, financial insecurity, and countless rejections of her writing --- and eventual triumph. BECOMING MADELEINE will speak not only to fans of the icon’s work, but also to anyone interested in writing.

by Claire Hartfield - African American Interest, History, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business and clashes of culture.

by Chris Crowe - African American Interest, History, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi in 1955, when he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later, his brutally beaten body was found floating in the river. In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of Till's murder, as well as the dramatic trial and speedy acquittal of his white murderers, situating both in the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement. Newly reissued with a new chapter of additional material this book grants eye-opening insight to the legacy of Emmett Till.

by Sara Holbrook - Family Life, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret and getting along with her new older “brother." When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are. 

by HP Newquist - Children's 9-13, Magic

In this nonfiction narrative of magic through the ages, HP Newquist explains how the world's most famous tricks were created. From the oracles of ancient Egypt and the wizards of medieval Europe on to the exploits of Houdini and modern practitioners like Criss Angel, this book unlocks the secrets behind centuries of magic and illusion.

by Jennifer E. Smith - Romance, Young Adult 12+

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of 12 hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. 

written by Michael Gruenbaum with contributions by Todd Hasak-Lowy - Young Adult 10+

Michael “Misha” Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father. All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded Prague. The Gruenbaum family was forced to move into the Jewish Ghetto. Then, after a devastating loss, Michael, his mother and sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp.

by Jessie Hartland - Graphic Novel, Reference, Technology

This fast-paced and entertaining biography in graphic format is a perfect complement to more text-heavy books on Steve Jobs like Walter Isaacson’s biography. Presenting the story of the ultimate American entrepreneur, who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPods, iPhones and more, this unique and stylish book is sure to appeal to the legions of readers who live and breathe the techno-centric world Jobs created.