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Fuse #8

by Elizabeth Bird

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This website is one of the more easily navigated websites, despite having advertisements when pages load. Each review is cropped to a short description of the book, an age level, as well as a couple of sentences that catches the users attention. Also, each review comes with tags that are visible from the main page which helps users quickly identify which reviews they may want to view in more detail, or which they should not bother with. One of the more helpful parts of this website is the inclusion of a ‘Best Books’ section that is broken down by year. This distills the reviews down to those books that were deemed worthwhile enough to read, and can be helpful for users who are quickly trying to identify a book to read, rather than understand publishing as a whole. This review site also is helpful in that all the posts are written by Elizabeth Bird, which allows the user to quickly identify whether or not they are typically in agreement with her reviews or not. She has the expertise and personality to back up her claims, and this lends her reviews an air of quality because the user can be sure she purposefully wrote each review thoughtfully. Recommended for use. Ages 13 and up. ( )
  kornelas1 | Dec 3, 2014 |
Elizabeth Bird, on her Fuse #8 blog, reviews children and teen books. Her reviews are long, literary, and articulate. Besides containing pertinent information like publisher and ISBN, she also has a section that says "Like this? Then try." which is an excellent way to recommend other books in a similar genre that young patrons might be interested in. While updated regularly, the blog is updated a few times a week. The formatting is a little confusing in so far as it can be hard to tell where one entry stops and another begins. However, in terms of pure content, Fuse #8 gives excellent reviews and is well worth keeping an eye on. She also discusses children's literature events and happenings within the field of children's literature. Librarians that work with youth will want to read this blog as the blog is highly respected. Highly Recommended. ( )
  jjpionke | Nov 1, 2012 |
Fuse #8 is a book review blog kept up by Elizabeth Bird on behalf of School Library Journal. The blog's bread and butter are book reviews, but it also covers librarian news and information about conferences and upcoming releases. The site also has lists of good chapter and picture books, as well as links to many other sites, both of other blogs and the websites of popular authors.

Bird's site is fairly easy to navigate, with the most recent blog posts on the front page, and then options to move forward or backward in reviews. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a calendar allowing users to look back at much older content without looking through all of the pages, and there also isn't a search function.

Additionally, while Bird's reviews are interesting to read and easy to follow, they are also sizable in length. Committed book fans will read through all of these long reviews and will enjoy them, but librarians looking for quicker fare in order to purchase new books may not have the time to conquer such posts. ( )
  jackiediorio | Dec 20, 2011 |
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