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"Backtracked" and "The Red Blazer Girls"

Book Review

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 ages 8-12.   

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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. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

This Article is Copyright 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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