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Review: Wild Bird

August 7, 2017

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Wild Bird By Wendelin Van Draanen Knopf Books for Young Readers September 2017 320 pages In the wee hours before dawn, 14-year old Wren Clemmons is jolted out of bed and dragged kicking and screaming from her home and family by a man in a blue uniform who shoves her into the backseat of a […]

Review: Summer on Earth

August 1, 2017

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Summer on Earth By Peter Thompson Persnickety Press August 2017 296 pages One summer night just before bed, 11-year old Grady Johnson made a wish upon a shooting star. Or so he thought. The star was actually a small alien spaceship crash landing near the creek on his farm. Ralwil Turth, the pilot and only […]

Review: “Bow-Wow-Meow”

June 6, 2017

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Bow-Wow-Meow Written by Bianca Lacasa Illustrated by Gómez NubeOcho May 2017 40 pages Fabio is a beagle with a major identity issue. He doesn’t do normal dog stuff like wag his tail, or play fetch, or even bark. When his boy Max shouts “Bow-wow,” he just looks puzzled. To Max’s complete surprise he discovers that […]

Review: Dirt

June 1, 2017

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Dirt By Denise Orenstein Scholastic Press July 2017 224 pages Pippi Longstocking meets Black Beauty in this satisfying summer read. Eleven-year old Yonder lives with her dad in a little crooked house in Shelter, Vermont. When her mom died four years earlier her dad said, “We can choose to stop moving up that rocky path […]

Review: Fish Girl

May 17, 2017

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Fish Girl Written by Donna Jo Napoli & David Wiesner Illustrated by David Wiesner Clarion Books March 2017 192 pages Napoli and Wiesner team up for this graphic novel, which is a modern-day slant on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Fish Girl is the main attraction at Ocean Wonders. Not just any boardwalk aquarium, […]

Review: The Year of the Garden

May 2, 2017

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The Year of the Garden Written by Andrea Cheng Illustrated by Patrice Barton Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers April 2017 128 pages The Year of the Garden is a prequel to The Year of series by Andrea Cheng, who passed away in 2015. This episode establishes the friendship between Anna Wang and Laura […]

Review: Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel

January 25, 2017

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Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel Written by Charise Mericle Harper Illustrated by Ashley Spires Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers February 2017 128 pages June’s best friend is her dog Sammy because he talks to her — but only her — and they both enjoy on-the-ground disco dancing. Sammy and June are […]