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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

written by Hilary McKay with illustrations by Sarah Gibb - Anthology, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Magic, Short Stories, Youth Fiction

Imagine Hansel and Gretel’s story from their teacher’s point of view, when Gretel submits her report of, “What I Did in the Holidays, and Why Hansel’s Jacket Is So Tight.” Find out what was really underneath all those mattresses the unlucky princess had to sleep on in “The Prince and the Problem.” Award-winning author Hilary McKay brings a modern sensibility and inventive quirkiness to this beautiful collection of 10 classic fairy tales, reimagining them with emotional depth and lighthearted humor.

by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve - African American Interest, Biography, Children's, Children's 9-13, Children's Nonfiction, History, Prejudice , Racism

In this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons’ when they were the First Family --- and an in-depth look at their slave, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers. Born into a life of slavery, Ona Judge eventually grew up to be George and Martha Washington’s “favored” dower slave. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive.

written by Allan Wolf with illustrations by Anna Raff - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Humor, Poetry, Science

Ever wonder what the sun has to say about being the closest star to Earth? Or what Pluto has gotten up to since being demoted to a dwarf planet? Listen closely, because maybe, just maybe, your head will explode, too. With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining --- and illustrations that are positively out of this world --- this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds. Space travelers in search of more information will find notes about the poems, a glossary and a list of resources at the end.

by Jose Antonio Vargas - Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Memoir, Nonfiction, Politics

Jose Antonio Vargas was only 12-years-old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines. He didn’t know it, but he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner’s permit, he learned the truth. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status --- risking his career and personal safety --- was Vargas able to live his truth. By telling his personal storY, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn’t be more relevant. 

written by Neil deGrasse Tyson with illustrations by Gregory Mone - Children's, Children's 9-12, Children's Nonfiction, Education, Nonfiction, Science

From the basics of physics to big questions about the nature of space and time, celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the mysteries of the cosmos into bite-sized pieces. ASTROPHYSICS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN A HURRY describes the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe clearly --- and with Tyson’s characteristic wit, there’s a lot of fun thrown in, too. This adaptation by Gregory Mone includes full-color photos, infographics and extra explanations to make even the trickiest concepts accessible.

by Elizabeth Letts - Adventure, Animals , Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Military

A small troop of American soldiers uncover an unexpected secret: Hitler has kidnapped the world's finest purebred horses and hidden them in a secret Czechoslovakian breeding farm. But, starving Russian troops are drawing closer and the horses face the danger of being slaughtered for food. With little time to spare, Colonel Hank Reed and his soldiers cross enemy lines to heroically save some of the world's most treasured animals. Highlighting bravery in the face of incredible odds, this tale will shed light on a little-known piece of our past and speak to history fans and animal lovers of every age.

by Mary Cronk Farrell - African American Interest, Biography, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Military, Women's History

STANDING UP AGAINST HATE tells the stories of the African American women who enlisted in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in World War II. They quickly discovered that they faced as many obstacles in the armed forces as they did in everyday life. They interrupted careers and left family, friends and loved ones to venture into unknown and sometimes dangerous territory. They survived racial prejudice and discrimination with dignity, succeeded in jobs women had never worked before and made crucial contributions to the military war effort. 

by Carolyn Meyer - Art, Art History, Biography, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Women's History

The life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe is revealed in this biographical novel --- from her childhood when she decided to be an artist, through her art education in Chicago and New York, to her eventual rise to fame in the American Southwest. O'Keeffe never gave up her dream, no matter what obstacles she encountered --- she knew she was meant to be an artist.

by Jenni L. Walsh - Biography, Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Women's History

Growing up in Hawaii, Bethany Hamilton loved to surf. But one day, she was in her favorite place, out on the waves, when a tiger shark suddenly attacked. Thirteen-year-old Bethany lost her left arm. As she fought to recover, Bethany wondered: Would she ever surf again? Follow Bethany as she got back on her board and fearlessly chased her surfing dreams. With the strength of her family and faith behind her, Bethany knew she could become not only a professional athlete, but a champion and a role model. Meet Bethany. Get inspired.

by Jenni L. Walsh - Biography, Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Women's History, Women’s Issues

Malala Yousafzai always knew she wanted to become a doctor someday. But a new extremist group in her home country of Pakistan wanted to stop girls from going to school. Malala knew what was important, and so she spoke out. Even after she was attacked on a bus for her views, she persisted. Learn about Malala's incredible recovery and her journey to becoming a world-famous advocate of girls' rights and education --- and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner. Meet Malala. Get inspired.