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Jordan B. Nielsen
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Jordan B. Nielsen is the Children's Book Buyer at the powerHouse Arena, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York. She also reviews children's fiction for The Brooklyn Rail.

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20 New Classics Every Child Should Own

(54) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Last week Time published its 100 Best Children's Books of All Time, and a companion list, The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. As the children's book buyer for an independent bookstore and reviewer of children's fiction, several of my friends, family members and...

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The 15 Greatest Kid Detectives

(11) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Are you raising an aspiring super-sleuth? Is the young reader in your life a code-cracking, baddy-busting, fiend-foiling, eagle-eyed P.I.? Then look no further because this round-up includes some of the most quick-witted kid detectives of children's literature. Whether they're looking to hone their puzzle solving skills or are just dipping...

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Enthralling YA Books for Your Beach Bag

(11) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Searching for that transporting, all-consuming, smoldering, heart rendering book that will sweep you away while you're soaking in the sun? Then look no further than your bookstore's Young Adult section to find the perfect companion for your beach vacation. As teen readers (and the adults who sneak their books away)...

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New Chapter Books for Their Summer Reading List

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Summer vacation is here and along with sunburns, mosquito bites and endless boredom comes another thing middle school-aged kids dread: required summer reading. And who could blame them for their angst? Parents probably remember all too well the agony of being stuck indoors on a beautiful day, falling asleep under...

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