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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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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 Little Mermaid

Robert Sabuda‘s The Little Mermaid is a beautifully illustrated pop-up book based on the original Hans Christian Anderson tale. Poor Little Mermaid sells her voice for a chance to gain the love of a prince that never sees her for who she … Continue reading

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“I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.” Although August doesn’t look ordinary, he feels ordinary on the inside and as he narrates how others react to his craniofacial anomaly, especially as he begins traditional school for the first time. … Continue reading

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Hidden, a novel-in-verse by Helen Frost, has two perspectives and two time-frames. Wren and Darra meet at summer camp, but they’ve already had a life-changing interaction at age seven even thought they didn’t see each other face-to-face. Poignant poetry unravels the … Continue reading

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The House of the Scorpion

Nancy Farmer‘s multi-medaled book about human clones, The House of the Scorpion, is celebrating its tenth anniversary and there isn’t a better time to read this teen dystopian about the perils of power. Matt is the human clone of El Patrón, … Continue reading

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Breadcrumbs is a magic adventure fantasy about fifth-grader Hazel and her best friend Jack who imagine fabulous games together until Jack suddenly stops playing with her.  When Jack goes missing, Hazel follows the trail of her only friend into a … Continue reading

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People have varying opinions on mice. The surprise narrator of this book has a perspective that perhaps English poet Rose Fyleman didn’t imagine. They are her precise and clever words that Lois Ehlert illustrates in handmade paper and string collage. … 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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