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School’s First Day of School

Told from the perspective of a school, the first day of school takes on new meaning. At first, it is just the school and the janitor, but when the kids arrive, school figures out what his various features are for: the … Continue reading

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1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book

Juana Medina‘s creative counting book starts with “one avocado deer”, which is a photographed avocado with antlers and a deer body inked in. The adorable illustrations grow into a colourful and playful salad recipe, complete with a recipe for dressing … Continue reading

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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

This collection of poems is as fun as it looks, full of clever word play and concrete poetry. Even typography works to make the poems fun, with just the half-circle of the e showing in “Sunset” and one of the … 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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The Cat At The Wall

Through the eyes of a cat, we see the story of two Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem who take over a home in order to watch for terrorists. While at first the home seems empty, Clare, the cat, shows them that … Continue reading

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Slog’s Dad

Slog’s Dad, written by David Almond and illustrated by Dave McKean, is a fascinating story about a boy, Slog, who believes the man on the bench is his dad. Nevermind that his dad died. Or that the man looks nothing … Continue reading

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Ice Dogs

There’s nothing more refreshing than reading about winter during the dog days of summer.  Ice Dogs is about dogs, dogsledding and the incredible bond between humans and dogs that only grows deeper during dangerous adventures. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Secord lives for racing … Continue reading

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We Were Liars

What can I say about We Were Liars by E. Lockhart? It’s an amazing read. It’s suspenseful, psychological and there’s a surprise that makes it hard to review. The teens featured in this book are cousins (and one honorary cousin) who summer … Continue reading

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The Dark

A collaboration of Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen should be enough to pick up The Dark, an enticing picture book about a boy’s relationship with the dark. We all know in order to overcome our fears we need to face them; … Continue reading

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Shark Girl

When Jane’s arm is amputated due to a shark attack, she has to negotiate new aspirations and friendships, along with learning how to button her pants and make scrambled eggs. In her poems, we feel the pain, the irritation, the … Continue reading

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