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Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck

By Janie | August 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Boy Bites Bug, a single incident develops into a school-wide situation and an insightful look at fading friendship.  Ages 10-15 Boy Bites Bug by …

Back to School with Babymouse and Og the Frog

By Janie | August 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two back-to-school series for different ages tickle the funny bone, satirize social conventions, and even stimulate sympathy for others.  Ages 6-12 Life According to Og …

Code Word Courage by Kirby Larson

By Betsy | August 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Code Word Courage highlights the important contribution of the Navajo Code Talkers during WWII as Billie and her dog Bear find comfort back home. Middle …

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko

By Janie | August 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The latest installment in the “Tales from Alcatraz” series deals with mature themes in a sympathetic, engaging way.  Ages 12-15 Al Capone Throws Me a …

The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

By Janie | August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pensive and quiet, The Language of Spells casts its own spell for thoughtful readers—who like dragons.  Ages 10-15 The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr, …

The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander

By Janie | August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

A humorous and action-packed take on the updated-legend genre (a la Percy Jackson) also offers interesting characters and conflict dynamics.  Ages 12-15. The Legend of …

Picture Book Round-Up: Back to School Picture Books!

By Betsy | August 8, 2018 | 1 Comment

Back-to-School time means new pencils, new lunchboxes, new classrooms (or a new look for the dining room table!), and… new emotions. Scared and excited students, …

Up & Down by Don Brown

By Janie | August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Graphic novelist Don Brown offers a fascinating picture book about early hydrogen ballooning.  Ages 5-10 Up & Down: The Adventures of John Jeffries, First American …

Pass Go and Collect $200 by Tanya Lee Stone

By Janie | August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pass Go and Collect $200 is fun, relatable social history for Monopoly fans and anyone who ever had a great idea.  Ages 6-up Pass Go …

Book Party Idea: Swallows and Amazons Forever!

By Betsy | August 6, 2018 | 4 Comments

I’m always on the alert for good book party possibilities; we throw one about once a quarter. This past Friday, we threw a lovely Swallows and …