Book Reviews

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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The Penderwicks in Spring Book Poster Image
age 8+
Charming family series spotlights Batty in 4th volume.
By Jeanne Birdsall
(2015)
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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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Fork-Tongue Charmers: The Luck Uglies, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tween girl fights foes, evil in sweet, exciting sequel.
By Paul Durham
(2015)
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Finding Serendipity Book Poster Image
age 8+
Bold girl dives into author mom's story in wild romp.
By Angelica Banks
(2015)
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Mark of the Thief, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting kickoff to fantasy series in ancient Rome.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2015)
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Searching for Super Book Poster Image
age 8+
Thinner story, less character depth in action-packed sequel.
By Marion Jensen
(2015)
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Countdown Zero: Codename Conspiracy Series, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Gripping, well-grounded sequel in fun kid-spy series.
By Chris Rylander
(2015)
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Smek for President!: The Smek Smeries, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl blasts off to alien moon in wacky, wise sci-fi sequel.
By Adam Rex
(2015)
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Book of the Dead: TombQuest, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Straightforward mummy adventure with a side of gamer fun.
By Michael Northrop
(2015)
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Moonpenny Island Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Strong messages, role models in absorbing coming-of-ager.
By Tricia Springstubb
(2015)
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Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fact-filled look at rights leaders' intertwined lives.
By Nikki Grimes
(2015)
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Hero Book Poster Image
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age 8+
True bravery, friendship in suspenseful tale for dog lovers.
By Sarah Lean
(2015)
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The Contract Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Fun tale of Jeter in Little League mixes action, messages.
By Derek Jeter, Paul Mantell
(2014)
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Villain Keeper: The Last Dragon Charmer, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Villains, dragons, prince meet middle school in fun romp.
By Laurie McKay
(2015)
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The Founding Fathers!: Those Horse-Ridin', Fiddle-Playin', Book-Readin', Gun-Totin' Gentlemen Who Started America Book Poster Image
age 8+
History this lively should be required reading in school.
By Jonah Winter
(2015)
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Red Butterfly Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Heartbreaking, uplifting, lyrical orphan tale in free verse.
By A. L. Sonnichsen
(2015)
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Story Thieves Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Kids jump in and out of book worlds in wacky series start.
By James Riley
(2015)
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My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth Book Poster Image
age 8+
Inspirational and informative intro to an American hero.
By Ann Turner
(2015)
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The Terrible Two, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Zany fun, great writing in smart prankster tale with heart.
By Mac Barnett, Jory John
(2015)
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