"Backtracked" and "The Red Blazer
More and more books for younger readers spill out from
publishers and two of the more intriguing entries are "Backtracked" and
"The Red Blazer Girls."
"Backtracked" is by Pedro de Alcantara (Delacorte Press,
$15.99, 256 pages ). Alcantara, a Brazilian musician, shows off his
writing skills in this taut, trim ride taken on the New York City subway
of Tommy Latrella - a ride through the city through time. It is a
perfect book for history buffs ages 12 and up.
"The Red Blazer Girls." By Michael D. Beil (Knopf,
$16.99, 299 pages) is focused on Catholic schoolgirls who go on a
scavenger hunt through Manhattan in a kind of modern day Nancy Drew
experience. The hunt is filled with twists and turns as Beil, who
teaches English in a Catholic High School in Manhattan, carefully and
craftily unfolds this delightful book that is especially suitable for
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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