Category Archives: Children’s novels

When My Sister Started Kissing

Helen Frost‘s masterful novel-in-poems When My Sister Started Kissing features Claire and Abigail at their summer cottage on the lake, where they navigate a new stepmother, boys, kissing, and memories. Claire, the younger of the two, is the main narrator, and can’t … Continue reading

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Loving Vs. Virginia

Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland is a large, beautifully made historical novel-in-verse. Well-researched (there are lists of the author’s interviews and sources in the back) … Continue reading

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The Nest

The Nest is a haunting and surreal book about a boy named Steve whose newborn brother is born with a host of medical problems that require surgeries and hospitalizations. Through Steve’s dreams and his conversations with the knife man, we see … Continue reading

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Full Cicada Moon

Set in 1969, Marilyn Hilton‘s Full Cicada Moon is Mimi’s story of moving to Vermont, where finding acceptance is difficult because her mother is Japanese and her father is black. What’s more, Mimi wants to be an astronaut and is interested in woodworking, rather … Continue reading

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Dark Shimmer

Dark Shimmer, Donna Jo Napoli‘s newest reworked fairy tale, set in medieval Laguna Veneta, Italy, is the story of Snow White’s stepmother and how she came to be evil enough to attempt murder four times. Named Docle (Sweet) in this story, we … Continue reading

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The Tiger Who Would Be King

What happens when a tiger wakes up and decides he wants to be king of the beasts? This anti-war fable by James Thurber explores the worst-case scenario where animals fight until they aren’t quite sure what they are fighting about. “Moral: You can’t very … Continue reading

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Nuts to You

Nuts to You is a highly entertaining and wise account of squirrels rushing around the forest, wondering what the humans are doing cutting down trees along the buzz path. When Jed, TsTs, Chai and Tchke figure this out, they are off … Continue reading

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Lost in the Sun

Trent is navigating his life of middle school, friendship and perceptions, and in the middle of it all, makes friends with a girl who has a different story every time about the origins of the scar on her face. Mostly, … Continue reading

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Half a Man

When Michael’s grandfather comes to visit, he is told not to look at him and not to ask questions. All he knew was that Grandpa had been burned while serving in the merchant navy during World War II. When Michael grows … Continue reading

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Hidden

A historical graphic novel, Hidden, explores how one French Jewish girl was hidden during World War II. Dounia’s story encompasses the discrimination at school once she started wearing the Star of David, and the capture of her parents by the Nazis. Luckily, Dounia’s neighbours … Continue reading

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