Book Reviews

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook Book Poster Image
age 8+
Realistic story of girl coping with sick cat, dad's death.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2012)
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Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fast-paced coming-of-age tale about finding yourself.
By Nan Marino
(2013)
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Watch Out, Hollywood!: More Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child Book Poster Image
age 8+
Engaging sequel explores ambition, cyberbullying.
By Maria T. Lennon
(2014)
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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms Book Poster Image
age 8+
Memorable heroine, lush writing weave a captivating spell.
By Katherine Rundell
(2014)
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The Year of the Three Sisters Book Poster Image
age 8+
Chinese girl visits U.S. in powerful friendship tale.
By Andrea Cheng
(2015)
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Gone Crazy in Alabama Book Poster Image
age 8+
Harrowing tale of Gaither girls' summer in the South.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2015)
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Twintuition: Double Vision Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magic happens when twins touch in fun tween romp.
By Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry
(2015)
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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier Book Poster Image
age 8+
Whimsical, breezy faux memoir told by an imaginary friend.
By Michelle Cuevas
(2015)
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Some Kind of Happiness Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adventurous girl uncovers family secrets in engrossing read.
By Claire Legrand
(2016)
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Short Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Small girl grows inside in funny, inspiring theater tale.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2017)
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Amina's Voice Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Beautiful tale of Pakistani American middle-schooler.
By Hena Khan
(2017)
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Me and Marvin Gardens Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sensitive boy vs. subdivision, bullies in coming-of-age gem.
By Amy Sarig King
(2017)
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The Friendship Code: Girls Who Code, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girls learn coding, solve problems in fun, easy mystery.
By Stacia Deutsch
(2017)
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The Exact Location of Home Book Poster Image
age 8+
Moving story of boy losing his home and finding resilience.
By Kate Messner
(2017)
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The First Rule of Punk Book Poster Image
age 8+
Creative Latina finds her voice and pride in spirited tale.
By Celia C. Pérez
(2017)
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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Book Poster Image
age 8+
Riveting, poignant drama explores kindness, friendship.
By Leslie Connor
(2018)
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How High the Moon Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl seeks family secrets in hopeful Jim Crow-era tale.
By Karyn Parsons
(2019)
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Caterpillar Summer Book Poster Image
age 8+
Touching tale of girl's summer with brother, family secrets.
By Gillian McDunn
(2019)
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Extraordinary Birds Book Poster Image
age 8+
Foster kid learns to trust in beautiful, heartfelt story.
By Sandy Stark-McGinnis
(2019)
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Silver Meadows Summer Book Poster Image
age 8+
Poignant story of Puerto Rican girl adapting to life in U.S.
By Emma Otheguy
(2019)
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