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Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier

By Hayley | June 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mysterious maps, sea creatures, and an island kingdom where dark secrets threaten to emerge . . . All the makings for an excellent story. Isle …

Dinosaur Book List for All Ages

By Betsy | June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Is your child keenly aware that a new Jurassic Park movie is hitting the big screen this week? As if kids needed more motivation to be interested …

Philosophy, Science, Ethics: the Need for Science Fiction

By Betsy | June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are You a Sci-Fi Fan? Are you a Trekkie? A Star Wars fan? Perhaps you’ve faithfully watched Dr. Who, Stargate, or Battlestar Galactica. Or perhaps you are a …

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynn Rae Perkins

By Janie | June 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea is a beach vacation between two covers, told from an artless childlike perspective.  Ages 7-10 Secret Sisters of the …

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

By Betsy | June 18, 2018 | 4 Comments

The story that inspired the movie chain: Jurassic Park is more complex than the movie in every way–and not for kids. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. …

Power Forward by Hena Khan

By Janie | June 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Zayd’s dream of playing basketball on his school’s A-team clashes with his Muslim family’s goals for him.  Ages 6-10 Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the …

*Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry

By Betsy | June 14, 2018 | 1 Comment

A well-written, engaging middle grades biography of Harriet Tubman, conductor on the Underground Railroad, that tells young readers about her life from birth to death. …

Fairy Tales (and More!) for Summer: A Booklist for Family Read Alouds

By Betsy | June 12, 2018 | 3 Comments

Lovely, Literary, and Light-hearted: Fairy Tales are a Perfect Match for Summer Fun Looking for some fun, low commitment reading for this summer? Perhaps you …

*In the Land of the Blue Burqas by Kate McCord

By Hayley | June 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a beautifully written memoir full of vignettes, McCord gives readers glimpses of the people and culture of Afghanistan through her eyes as a Christian NGO. …

I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh

By Betsy | June 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Pakistani Muslim woman recounts how God spoke to her, calling her out of her Muslim background, and how she dared to call him “Father” …