Book Reviews

Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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Martha Speaks: Shelter Dog Blues Book Poster Image
age 6+
Lively talking-dog adventure fosters vocabulary, compassion.
By Susan Meddaugh
(2010)
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A Short Tale About a Long Dog: Here's Hank, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Likable hero shows he's responsible enough to have a pet.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
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Burning Kingdoms:  The Internment Chronicles, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Second, stronger installment focuses on characters.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2015)
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Calendar Mysteries Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
First-graders solve suspenseful mysteries month by month.
By Ron Roy
(2009)
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The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
Cheerful stories about animal friends' kindness and honesty.
By Poppy Green
(2015)
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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants: The Questioneers, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Scientific thinking saves the day in funny, kind adventure.
By Andrea Beaty
(2019)
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Going Down Home with Daddy Book Poster Image
age 6+
Beautiful book about a very special family reunion.
By Kelly Starling Lyons
(2020)
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The River Between Us Book Poster Image
age 11+
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
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The Giver, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Riveting, expertly crafted novel shows utopia's flaws.
By Lois Lowry
(1993)
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A Different Pond Book Poster Image
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age 6+
Exquisitely tender family story of Vietnamese refugees.
By Bao Phi
(2017)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1992)
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The Red Pencil Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
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A Bear Called Paddington Book Poster Image
age 6+
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(1958)
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Goodbye Stranger Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Bittersweet, lovely story of friendship and social media.
By Rebecca Stead
(2015)
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I Am Sonia Sotomayor: Ordinary People Change the World Book Poster Image
age 6+
Positive messages in engaging bio of Supreme Court justice.
By Brad Meltzer
(2018)
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The Thickety: A Path Begins Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thrilling, brilliant witch tale is vividly violent, scary.
By J.A. White
(2014)
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Stella Díaz Has Something to Say: Stella Díaz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Kindness helps bilingual girl with public speaking, friends.
By Angela Dominguez
(2019)
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Stella Díaz Never Gives Up: Stella Díaz, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Girl becomes activist, navigates friendships in fun story.
By Angela Dominguez
(2020)
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Stella Díaz Dreams Big: Stella Díaz, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 6+
Kind story teaches social skills, scheduling, some Spanish.
By Angela Dominguez
(2021)
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