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Annie runs barefoot with Max, her neighbour, and sits with her grandfather who doesn’t leave the house much anymore. She jokes with her mom and dad about the alien baby which grows into a pumpkin baby which grows into the baby … Continue reading

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Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave, a novel-in-verse by Katherine Applegate, is a moving story about Kek, who as a refugee from Sudan who as seen atrocities never loses hope of seeing his mother again. This story has an authentic and perceptive voice, beautiful language and … Continue reading


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Coming On Home Soon

When Ada Ruth’s mom goes to Chicago for work, she and her grandma lead a quiet life, always remembering Mama is coming on home soon. In her quiet prose, Jacqueline Woodson shows the beauty of family: love and responsibility that … Continue reading

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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf

In this myth-like story, three children play with their creative powers while the gods laze around. Their lovely creations inspire them, until they create the big, bad wolf. Is it possible to un-create? Should creation be left to the gods? … Continue reading

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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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Twelve Kinds of Ice

An ode to ice and all its wonder and wintertime fun, Twelve Kinds of Ice reminisces about the anticipation of skating on a homemade rink. First comes the ice in the pail, so thin it breaks when touched. The colder the … Continue reading

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Liar & Spy

Rebecca Stead has done it again. She’s created a novel that wonderfully surprises us. Sort of like The Sixth Sense, I found myself looking back through the novel looking for those red markers. I won’t give it away. What you need to … Continue reading

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“Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.” Neil Gaiman‘s first sentence offers a glimpse of the fascinating story to follow. It has a slightly creepy vibe–you know there’s a strange door that was hidden … Continue reading

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Nasty Bugs

Perfect for summer: an anthology of nasty bug poems written by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Ann Whitford Paul, Alice Schertle, and others. Will Terry‘s illustrations will make you squirm, especially Cockroach by Fran Haraway which begins: “The common cockroach family Has quite … Continue reading

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A Year Without Autumn

The only thing unpredictable about Jenni Green’s life is her best friend Autumn, the carefree, fun-loving maven of new adventures. When Jenni stumbles upon a strange old elevator, her life skips ahead a year, and everything is different. Autumn, her … Continue reading

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