Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water chronicles a young teen and her mother as they move to London from Poland, trying to find “Tata” who left them. As an outsider in an English school, Kasienka experiences mean girls, poor living conditions … Continue reading

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If You Want To See A Whale

From the team that gave us And Then It’s Spring comes another delightful book about watching and waiting. At first, it has the circular structure of If You Give A Moose A Muffin; there are a multitude of interruptions when you are waiting to … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

An inspiring tale of William Kamkwamba and how he upcycled trash to make his community’s first windmill. During 2001 and 2001, Malawi suffered from severe drought. William’s village didn’t have electric lights, much less crop irrigation, so William studied at … Continue reading

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Earthling

When Bud gets on the wrong bus the first day in a new town, he ends up at the Cosmos Academy–an Intergalactic school–where the worst thing you can be is an Earthling. He meets Gort who helps him conceal his … Continue reading

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Far Far Away

Jeremy Johnson Johnson knows everything about the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales, but nothing about Disney. This does not endear him to his peers. That he hears the voice of Jacob Grimm’s ghost also does not help. He does … Continue reading

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All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens

There aren’t many upper middle grade books set in 1920s India. Rosalind, from a British colonist family, loves India and consorts with Ghandi followers, much to her military father’s chagrin. She tries to meld her two worlds: the one where … Continue reading

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