Book Reviews

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lively nod to Willy Wonka rewards teamwork, empathy.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2020)
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Things Seen from Above Book Poster Image
age 8+
Kids discover a quirky loner's talent in lovely, kind story.
By Shelley Pearsall
(2020)
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Here in the Real World Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, relatable tale of tweens gardening in the ruins.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2020)
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The Boy at the Back of the Class Book Poster Image
age 8+
Poignant, adventurous refugee story highlights kid activism.
By Onjali Q. Rauf
(2019)
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Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Loony library game is all about fiction -- and empathy.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2019)
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Cinderella Liberator Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fresh take on classic tale boosts being true, free self.
By Rebecca Solnit
(2019)
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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine Book Poster Image
age 8+
Found Mark Twain fairy tale made vibrantly new and classic.
By Mark Twain, Philip C. Stead
(2017)
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Real Friends Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Painfully honest, hopeful memoir of coping with frenemies.
By Shannon Hale
(2017)
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Moo
age 8+
City kids meet cow in fun tale of empathy, perseverance.
By Sharon Creech
(2016)
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Spirit Week Showdown: Magnificent Mya Tibbs, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Layered, fun romp focuses on friendship and trust.
By Crystal Allen
(2015)
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Firefly Hollow Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet, poignant tale of loss, friendship, following dreams.
By Alison McGhee
(2015)
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Friendship Over: The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun and insightful look at elementary school friend drama.
By Julie Sternberg
(2014)
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Big Nate Lives It Up: Big Nate, Book 7 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Nate at his best, showing empathy for geeky new kid.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2015)
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Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea Book Poster Image
age 8+
Warm story of science-lover learning to be a good friend.
By Anna Humphrey
(2013)
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The Enchantress Returns: The Land of Stories, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Adventure, sweetness, peril, some loss in fairy tale sequel.
By Chris Colfer
(2013)
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Elvis and the Underdogs Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lighthearted story of sickly kid helped by huge talking dog.
By Jenny Lee
(2013)
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The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle Book Poster Image
age 8+
Wacky, gripping sequel has slapstick, swordplay, sweetness.
By Christopher Healy
(2013)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Book Poster Image
age 8+
Engaging fairy tale spoof is clever and funny.
By Christopher Healy
(2012)
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Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: The New Girl Book Poster Image
age 8+
More spunk and "rules" from Cabot's popular series.
By Meg Cabot
(2008)
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