Book Reviews

Pahua and the Soul Stealer Book Poster Image
age 8+
Great girl lead in creative, magical but violent epic.
By Lori M. Lee
(2021)
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Squirrel Do Bad: Trubble Town, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, slapstick graphic novel has kooky plot, word jokes.
By Stephan Pastis
(2021)
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Max Einstein: Saves the Future: Max Einstein, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fast, fun, smart mystery is packed with adventure and heart.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2020)
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Black Boy Joy Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Charming stories of Black boys by acclaimed Black authors.
By Kwame Mbalia
(2021)
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Erik vs. Everything Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, heartfelt story about a boy facing his fears.
By Christina Uss
(2021)
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Time Villains: Time Villains, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tweens battle time-traveling pirates in exciting adventure.
By Victor Piñeiro
(2021)
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AstroNuts Mission Two: The Water Planet Book Poster Image
age 8+
Unlikely superheroes go on zany, funny eco-themed quest.
By Jon Scieszka
(2020)
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Forever This Summer: Love Like Sky, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl helps friend discover her past in heartwarming tale.
By Leslie C. Youngblood
(2021)
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Maya and the Robot Book Poster Image
age 8+
Marvelous Black girl scientist stars in poignant read.
By Eve L. Ewing
(2021)
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Minecraft: The Island Book Poster Image
age 8+
Clunky adventure story has life lessons for Minecraft fans.
By Max Brooks
(2019)
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Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 8+
Family secrets fuel lively tale of trying to fit in.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2021)
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Marcus Makes a Movie Book Poster Image
age 8+
Story of friendship and filmmaking has humor and real depth.
By Kevin Hart
(2021)
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The Firebird Song Book Poster Image
age 8+
Mythic coming-of-age adventure pits hope against fear.
By Arnée Flores
(2021)
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Boy, Everywhere Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Syrian boy flees home, endures as a refugee.
By A. M. Dassu
(2020)
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Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey Book Poster Image
age 8+
Endearing illustrated story highlights courage, friendship.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2021)
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The Last Fallen Star: Gifted Clans, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magical fantasy romp has awesome Korean American girl lead.
By Graci Kim
(2021)
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Iggy Is the Hero of Everything: Iggy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Iggy digs himself into a hole lot of trouble.
By Annie Barrows
(2021)
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Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Book Poster Image
age 8+
Complex intro to history of U.S. ideas about race.
By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Sonja Cherry-Paul
(2021)
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Last Gate of the Emperor Book Poster Image
age 8+
Afrofuturistic adventure hits its targets for sci-fi fans.
By Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen
(2021)
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Wow in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body Book Poster Image
age 8+
Podcast hosts' hilarious, superb body book for kids, tweens.
By Mindy Thomas, Guy Raz
(2021)
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