Diego's Crossing by Robert Hough
Unshelved comic strip for 8/30/2015

Onesie Safety Recall

We've received some news from the manufacturer of our Read To Me onesies - they are recalling certain batches because the snaps pose a choking hazard to young children. There are no reported injuries. The maker found this defect as a result of ongoing testing.

This may affect green, pink, and blue onesies we sold since last Fall that have the number 7 and the number 8 as part of the Unshelved logo on the back (see the image above).

If you have one of these, please click on this information sheet which gives more details on exactly which garments are included in the recall, and instructions on how to get a refund. We've been told the manufacturer will send you a package so that you can return recalled onesies to them at their cost, and that you will be reimbursed for your full purchase price.

We're very sorry for the inconvenience. Please email me if I can clarify anything.

-Gene

PS: We have found a new manufacturer and will have onesies for sale in our store again soon.

Book Reviews

This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about how parents can help their kids succeed, a young girl who seemed to have it all but committed suicide, video game players trying to save our planet from alien attackers, a lawyer who helps the Republican procure arms during the Spanish Civil War, a class of losers and rejects who have to kill their teacher to save the world, Chester Grenwood (the "inventor" of earmuffs), stories of notorious thieves, and one boy's family tree.

Diego’s Crossing

Our sponsor this week is Annick Press, published of Diego’s Crossing by Robert Hough

A young man is on a dangerous mission that will secure his future … or leave him dead. Seventeen-year-old Diego dreams of a brighter future. His small town near the Mexican-United States border has been ravaged by the drug war, and the newspaper headlines are filled with body counts. Diego worries about his parents, particularly his tenderhearted father. Their road trips in his dad’s beloved, rusty Datsun are the only times the family can truly be carefree.

One day, Diego’s older brother Ernesto—the town’s golden boy—shows up in a tricked-out Chevy Silverado. Diego is fully aware of what no one is willing to openly admit: Ernesto is a gangster. Diego manages to avoid his brother, until he discovers Ernesto badly beaten and unable to finish a drug run for a brutal gang. Then Diego does what he swore he would never do—deliver drugs across the border

School Library Journal said, "This short page-turner will appeal to reluctant readers and those looking to read unique, high-stakes YA.” Click through for more information.

Book Club Book Reviews

This week's Unshelved Book Club features books that are worthy of book club discussions. They include books about using improvisation techniques to improve creativity and collaboration, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, a surgeon's reflections on the end of life in the developed world, a young Finnish teacher who joins an exclusive literary society and discovers a mystery, a cranky old man, Europe during World War II, essays on the benefits and controversies surrounding vaccination, and three historical stories that intersect in Cuba.

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This classic Unshelved strip

originally appeared on September 3, 2004.

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