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Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Blackout by John Rocco
The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
E-mergency by Tom Lichtenheld
Evernight by Claudia Gray
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (audio) by E.L. Konigsburg
Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 19 by Hiromu Arakawa
Golden Gate by Vikram Seth
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Monoculture by FS Michaels
Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Night Circus (audio) by Erin Morgenstern
NNNNN (audio) by Carl Reiner
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud
Press Here by Hervé Tullet
The Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
The Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan
The Shocking Pink Hat by Frances Crane
Sweet Revenge (audio) by Diane Mott Davidson
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems
Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney
What's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Blackout

Blackout: 12/21/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Blackout by John Rocco is about a boy who wants to spend some quality time with his parents but doesn't get the chance until the lights go out in the city. When things go black and he can no longer play his video games, his parents are also unable to follow their nightly routine. So they grab some flash lights and head up to the roof to see the stars — something not usually possible in big cities because of light pollution.

The story takes a similar premise as Under the Night Sky by Amy Lundebrek — an unusual night time event bringing a community together. In the case of Under the Night Sky, it's a rare display of the aurora borealis, and here it's the more humble night sky, something that inner city children might not normally see if they don't have a chance to leave the city.

I mostly know Rocco's work through his illustrations of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Here he uses saturated colors, simple shapes and strong lines to create an urban landscape and a stunning night sky. As the story is so basic, chronicling the events of a blackout and how it changed a family for the better, the strength of the book is in the illustrations. They though, as lovely as they are, leave me wanting more from the story.

Three stars

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