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5 Stories of Adventure & Change

Here’s a mix of books from the past couple of years, all sharing an element of change and adventure. Continue reading

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3 More Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Finalists

Onwards with my reading of this year’s Cybils middle grade fiction finalists with reviews of Thanks a Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas, A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus and Linked by Gordon Korman! Continue reading

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3 Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Finalists

Here are three more outstanding books in my read-through of 2021 Cybils Finalists – Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh, Many Points of Me by Caroline Gertler, and Violets are Blue by Barbara Dee.
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Interview with Joy Jones

I have a treat for you today, my friends – an interview with author Joy Jones, in honor of the paperback release of her book, Jayla Jumps In. Continue reading

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The Power of Kindness: Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls and Flight of the Puffin

In both the fantasy Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera and the realistic story Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden, kindness is the secret power that wins the day. Continue reading

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Life Between Cultures: Red, White and Whole and Amina’s Song

ere are two moving stories from Rajani LaRocca and Hena Khan, both authors I’ve enjoyed in the past, telling stories of middle school life for first-generation Americans, and which hit the spot for me so perfectly it was really hard to put them down. Continue reading

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Strange Birds: a Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers

Strange Birds: a Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez. is a Scout-flavored book of friendship during a Florida summer for young activists. Continue reading

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Food, Friendship, and Immigration – Measuring Up and A Place at the Table

Here are two and a half reviews of books for middle grade readers that combine cooking (or eating together) with making friends and the immigrant experience. What could be yummier? Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu. Harper Alley, … Continue reading

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The House That Wasn’t There BLOG TOUR

Please join me on the blog tour for the brand-new book the House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold, a tale of hidden magic and growing friendships. Continue reading

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Book Club Picks for 4/5s on Hoopla

Here’s a small selection of books available on Hoopla that I think fourth and fifth graders would enjoy reading and discussing. Continue reading

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