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2017 Pura Belpré Author Winner: Juana & Lucas

Juana & Lucas

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award Juana & Lucas Written and illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-7208-9   Grades K-3     Book Review   Prepare to be utterly charmed by Juana, the exuberant grade school protagonist of the Pura Belpré Author Award winning book Juana & Lucas. […]

Towers Falling

Towers Falling

Towers Falling Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Published by Little, Brown and Company 2016 ISBN 978-0-316-26222-4 Grades 4-8 Book Review “Six weeks at a new school has changed everything. School didn’t teach me everything about 9/11. Still, I understand a lot more. I understand some of the enormous hurt to families, my family, and country” […]

Children as Refugees: The Syrian Crisis

“What they left to be here, in the cold country, where winter lasts forever,  haunts them in the dark– golden hue of souk in sunlight, gentle calling through streets that said, brother, sit with me a minute, on the small stool with the steaming glass of tea. Sit with me. We belong together.” by Naomi […]

2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner Echo: A Novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Echo: A Novel 2016 Newbery Honor Award Winner Written by Pam Munoz Ryan Published in 2015 by Scholastic Grades 3-8 Book Review Pam Muñoz Ryan, acclaimed author of Esperanza Rising and The Dreamer, has merged fairy tale with historical fiction in her beautifully crafted new novel Echo. Dinara Mirtalipova’s intricate black-and-white illustrations signal the fairy […]

A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic Written by Natalie Lloyd Published by Scholastic in 2014 ISBN: 978-0-545-55279-7 Grades 3 – 8 Book Review Twelve-year-old Felicity Pickle has a mama who is “cursed with a wandering heart;” as a result she’s a veteran at being the new girl. But when Mama’s heart leads her back to her childhood […]

The Year of Billy Miller

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Grades 1-3 Written by Kevin Henkes Published by Greenwillow Books, Harper Collins, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-06-226812-9 Book Review “Billy sighed. He realized that as soon as one problem is solved, something else is right there, waiting to take up your time.” Throughout Billy Miller’s second grade school year, new problems do surface, one after the other, […]

The Universe of Fair

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The Universe of Fair Written by Leslie Bulion Illustrated by Frank W. Dormer Published by Peachtree Publishers, 2012 ISBN # 978-1561456345 Grades 4 and up Book Review Eleven year-old Miller’s life revolves around the Holmsbury Fair, a longstanding celebration that electrifies the entire town each year. This year, though, he is determined to convince his […]

Peaceweaver

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Peaceweaver By Rebecca Barnhouse Random House, 2012 ISBN 978-0-375-86766-8 Grades 6-8 Book Review      As a companion to The Coming of the Dragon, a retelling of the “Beowulf” epic poem, Rebecca Barnhouse once again invites middle grade readers into the world of Scandinavia’s legends and Britain’s early medieval period. A medievalist, Barnhouse brings to life […]

Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! and Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus!

Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! (Anna Hibiscus Book 3) Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! (Anna Hibiscus Book 4) Written by Atinuke, Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Published by Kane Miller, 2011 Grades 2 and up Book Review Master storyteller Atinuke is back with two new early chapter books in the Horn Book Award-honored series about the delightful African […]