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The Way to Bea

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The Way to Bea Written by Kat Yeh Published by Little, Brown 2017 ISBN: 978-0-316-23667-6 Grades 5-8 Book Review “I mean, how do you keep someone and make sure they don’t leave? How do you figure out how to be and how to act, so they don’t even want to begin to think about leaving?” […]

Wolf in the Snow

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Wolf in the Snow Written and Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Published in 2017 by Feiwel and Friends ISBN 978-1-250-07636-6 Grades preK-3   Book Review Get ready to challenge all of your assumptions about stories of girls in red-hooded jackets and wolves. Counter to traditional fairy tales that caution (and condition) us to be fearful of […]

Raymie Nightingale

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Raymie Nightingale Written by Kate DiCamillo Published by Candlewick Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7636-8117-3 Grades 4-8 Book Review  “The world went on. People left and people died and people went to memorial services and put orange blocks of cheese into their purses. People confessed to you that they were hungry all the time. And then you […]

The Wild Robot

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The Wild Robot  Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown Published by Little, Brown April 2016 ISBN: 978-0-316-38199-4 Note: This review was written using an advanced reading copy. Grades 4-8 Book Review  “As you may know, robots don’t really feel emotions. Not the way animals do. And yet, as she sat in her broken crate, Roz […]

Goodbye Stranger

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Goodbye Stranger Written by Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books, 2015 On Sale August 4, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-385-74317-4 Grades 6-8 Book Review “You must have been put on this earth for a reason, little girl, to have survived.” So claims a nurse at the Manhattan hospital in which eight-year old Bridget Parsamian recovers after getting hit […]

Each Kindness and Beneath a Meth Moon

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  Each Kindness Written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, 2012 ISBN 978-0-399-24652-4 Grades 2 and Up Book Review  “I watched the water ripple/as the sun set through the maples/and the chance of a kindness with Maya/becoming more and more/forever gone.” Despite the changes in picture books […]

A Home for Bird

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Written and Illustrated by Philip Stead A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press ISBN 978-1-59643-711-1 All Ages Review Should you ever lose a beloved toy or dear possession, you can only hope that it receives a level of tender care that approximates the devotion Vernon the toad demonstrates in Phillip Stead’s A Home for Bird. This […]