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A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket Written by Deborah Hopkinson Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishing ISBN: 978-0-385-75499-6 Grades 4-8 Book Review “These days, when anyone asks, I say I’m an American, New York City-born. And why not? Because, in a way, I was born here.” Rocco Zaccaro is ripped away from […]

Crenshaw

By Katherine Applegate Published by Feiwel and Friends, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-250-04323-8 Book Review Things are changing at Jackson’s house. “Back in the old days, when we always had food in the house, I would whine if we were out of my favorite stuff. But lately we’ve been running out of everything.” He has good reason […]

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 […]

The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated by Shane W. Evans Published by Little Brown in 2014 ISBN-13: 9780316247801 Grades 4 and up Book Review Turning twelve is supposed to be an important and celebratory experience for Amira. And at first, it is: she’s finally old enough to wear a toob, the […]

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 […]

Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner: P.S. Be Eleven

Written by Rita Williams-Garcia Published Amistad, an Imprint of Harper Collins ISBN 978-0—06-193862-7 Grades 5-8 Book Review One Crazy Summer, Williams-Garcia’s first book about Delphine Gaither and her sisters, illuminates the changes brought forth by the civil rights movement, the cultural revolution, and anti-war efforts, and foreshadows the shifting family dynamics ushered in by the women’s […]

Far Far Away

Far Far Away Written by Tom McNeal Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 ISBN# 978-0-375-94972-2 Grades 6 and up Book Review Acclaimed author Tom McNeal weaves a tale both eerily familiar and hauntingly new in his first solo young adult novel, Far Far Away. Having been abandoned by a capricious mother, neglected by his ever-grieving father, and […]

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

Written by Deborah Hopkinson Published by Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, Random House, 2013 ISBN 978-0-375-84818-6 Grades 4-8 Book Review Historical fiction as a genre can vary greatly. Some novels for children and young adults provide their readers with a window into a particular time and place. Some may include actual events or real people. But […]

The Year of Billy Miller

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, […]

Red Thread Sisters

Red Thread Sisters Written by Carol Antoinette Peacock Published by Viking Juvenile, 2012 ISBN # 978-0670013869 Grades 4 and up Book Review According to an ancient Chinese legend, a red thread ties together those who are destined to meet and help one another throughout life. For eleven-year old Wen, this means a red thread binds […]