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WINK by Rob Harrell

I really enjoy Rob Harrell’s delightful Life of Zarf series so I was really excited to see he was coming out with a contemporary realistic fiction middle grade novel. Every new book by authors I enjoy comes with great excitement to discover what new treasures are in store and that small niggling fear that the … Continue reading

A HOUSE WITHOUT WALLS by Ching Yeung Russell

A House Without Walls was an unexpected find for me at the library and I am so very glad that it was! It is the story of Lam (11 years old) and her brother Dee Dee (7 years old) and their flight from Vietnam in 1979 as part of ‘the Boat People.’ The author met … Continue reading

FORGET ME NOT by Ellie Terry

I just finished Forget Me Not, read it in one sitting and couldn’t wait to share it! Forget Me Not is a brilliant debut from new author Ellie Terry.  The story is written from the perspectives of Calliope (Calli), a young girl who loves astronomy, has moved to new towns (and schools)many more times than … Continue reading

HEART OF A SAMURAI by Margi Preus…a 2014-15 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Heart of a Samurai was my 6th grade son’s choice for our bedtime reading since it is a Lovelace Division II (grades 6-8) nominee this year.  Our entire family was drawn into the story of Manjiro.  His story begins when, as a 14-year-old boy, he and four other fishermen are caught in a terrible storm and shipwrecked on … Continue reading

WORDS IN THE DUST by Trent Reedy…LOVELACE NOMINEE 2014-15..Division II

Words in the Dust is a powerful novel centering around a young Afghani girl names Zulaiyka.  The story derives its power from the genuineness of Zulaiyka’s voice as she relates the events in her daily life and her feelings about them.  This was one of those books that, once I finished reading it, I needed to … Continue reading

T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte

T4 is the sometimes touching, sometimes horrifying story of Paula. I was born In a little house On a street With tall poplar trees.   I could see Bluish hills In the distance.   That was my home. But my country, Germany, Was not my home.   Our leader, Adolf Hitler, And the Nazi Party … Continue reading

THE LIGHTNING DREAMER: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle

Written in free verse, The Lightning Dreamer is the story of Tula, a young girl growing up in Cuba in the mid-1800’s. Her full name was Gertrude Gomez de Avellaneda and we meet her in 1827 at age 13.  Margarita Engle writes from Tula’s perspective, revealing her love of books and words.  Tula’s father encouraged … Continue reading

A LONG WALK TO WATER by Linda Sue Park…LOVELACE nominee 2012-13

A Long Walk to Water is the inspiring story of Salva Dut.  Salva was born in the Sudan (Eastern Africa) in the town of Loun-Ariik and is a member of the Dinka tribe.  In the mid-1980’s Salva was 11 years old.  A bloody civil war was raging in his homeland.  Although Salva knew of the … Continue reading

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate

WOW!  This is an extraordinary reading experience!  Ivan (the One and Only) is a gorilla who narrates his own story in the strong, yet gentle manner which characterizes both his personality and his outlook on life, friendship and art. Ivan lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade with his friends Stella … Continue reading

THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Dreamer is an extraordinary novel which tells a fictionalized account of the young life of poet Pablo Neruda, whose original name was Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto.  Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 “for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent’s destiny and dreams.” … Continue reading