Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

“I am born in Ohio but the stories of South Carolina already run like rivers through my veins.” In her free-verse memoir Brown Girl Dreaming,…

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Kid Presidents by David Stabler

When Kid Presidents arrived in the mail, I didn’t expect to share it with C. It’s geared for ages 9-12, and she’s only a…

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Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson is a compelling, heartrending piece of middle grade fiction that kept me reading, pretty much straight through, into the wee hours of…

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I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

. . I Kill the Mockingbird is such a clever novel! Best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael come up with an idea to honor…

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Review: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

. . American Born Chinese consists of three tandem narratives. A second generation immigrant and the only Chinese-American student at his new school in a predominantly…

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Review: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is a dazzling modern day retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen. Her grief still fresh after…

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Fallout by Todd Strasser

Title: FalloutAuthor: Todd StrasserPublisher: CandlewickExpected Release: September 10, 2013Source: publisher (won during Armchair BEA) Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsFallout website (for further…

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Review: A Dash of Magic by Kathryn Littlewood

Title: A Dash of Magic (The Bliss Bakery #2)Author: Kathryn LittlewoodPublisher: Katherine Tegen BooksReleased: February 12, 2013Source: author Amazon | Barnes & Noble |…

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Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

Title: TwerpAuthor: Mark GoldblattPublisher: Random House Books for Young ReadersExpected Release: May 28, 2013Source: publisher (NetGalley) Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads Synopsis: “It’s…

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

An 11-year-old flute student of mine enthusiastically recommended I read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. She was so excited while describing the book, I…

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