Category Archives: Series

Ling &Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

Ling and Ting, twins, go to the barber, conduct magic, and make dumplings together, all while proving they are not exactly the same. Six short chapters offer six unique stories, though the stories weave together a bit, too, especially in … Continue reading

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The Cruisers

While set in the present day, Walter Dean Myers‘ The Cruisers takes us back to the mindset of the Civil War era through eighth grade students. Zander and his friends, the Cruisers, have to prove their potential at Da Vinci Academy, a … Continue reading

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The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan

Katie visits her Michigander cousin, Will, who gives her uniquely Michigan gifts for the twelve days of Christmas.  In Katie’s letters home, the reader learns all sorts of fun facts about Michigan.  A great collage at the end filled with … Continue reading

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Toys Come Home

The full title is Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic, and the book is most worthy of such a lengthy subtitle.  The third in Emily Jenkins’ … Continue reading

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Born in an alley,  Mrs. Jane Tabby’s kittens all had wings.  Sent off to the country to fend for themselves, Harriet, Thelma, James and Roger fly to the woods, discovering predators, food and the beginnings of friendship with a girl … Continue reading

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The Scorch Trials

Thomas and the Gladers solved the maze, but now they have to endure the Scorch and find the safe haven WICKED promised.  Minho, Teresa and Newt from The Maze Runner are back for The Scorch Trials, along with new Cranks, Jorge … Continue reading

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The Maze Runner

For a page turning adventure in a world with no memories, read James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, first in a dystopian trilogy.  Thomas arrives at the Glades in a box, his memory wiped clean and his environment controlled.  The boys already … Continue reading

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Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

Mercy Watson is a pig who loves toast.   She lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who love Mercy and treat her like their child except they won’t let Mercy drive the convertible. Watch Mercy take matters into her own … Continue reading

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Ellie McDoodle: Best Friends Fur-Ever

Animals.  Siblings.  Cartoons.  What more could a kid ask for?  In Ruth McNally Barshaw’s third sketch diary featuring Ellie McDoodle, Ellie has to overcome her fear of presentations, find her neighbour’s bird (that escaped during Ellie’s pet-sitting adventure) and deal … Continue reading


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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander’s horribly bad day is something we all need to read sometimes.  It’s strangely comforting knowing that someone else out there has terrible days where nothing works out, even if that someone is a character conceived by Judith Viorst and … Continue reading

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