Category: Tweens

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Sachiko: a Nagasaki Bomb Survivors Story

SLJ Reviews 2016 September Gr 5–8—Sachiko Yasui was just six years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown of Nagasaki. On August 9, 1945, she went from playing house with her friends Keep Reading »

Third-born kids must hide

March 21, 2017 |
The Population Police – an intriguing concept for middle-grade readers. In her book “Among the Hidden,” Margaret Peterson Haddix explores the idea of a world where the government, fearful of a food shortage, dictates that Keep Reading »

Artemis Fowl

March 16, 2017 |
Fairies exist. They dwell underground, away from the mess of the world that humans have created. It’s true. 12 year old super genius Artemis Fowl has found proof and he if he could capture one, he Keep Reading »
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“We’re all different. It’s the only thing we have in common.” – Isaiah

Word of Mouse is a delightful new novel featuring a tiny blue mouse with a big heart and giant vocabulary.  Isaiah is a unique mouse born and raised in a laboratory.  He is forced to leave Keep Reading »
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February 1, 2017 |
Lost in the Pacific, 1942 by Tod Olson Kirkus Reviews 2016 August #1 Olson tells the harrowing true story of how eight men in three tiny inflatable rafts, lost in 68 million square miles of Keep Reading »
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January 27, 2017 |
 Suffering from a case of Waddle-I-Do?  Try a dose of Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin with Annie Parnell. Once upon a time, there was a woman named  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Keep Reading »


January 19, 2017 |
Amulet   UGH. No one likes moving, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. That’s how it is for Em Hayes and her family when they moved into her great-grandfather Silas’s rundown house. With her Keep Reading »
Shawn Walsh

The War That Saved My Life

December 26, 2016 |
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Nine-year-old Ada is born with a clubfoot and a hateful mother.  When her little brother Jamie is sent away from London to the English countryside Keep Reading »
Shawn Walsh

Mars Evacuees

November 18, 2016 |
Mars Evacuees  by Sophia McDougall Alice Dare’s mother is a hero in the war against the Morrors, aliens who have invaded Earth and are freezing the planet solid. Alice is sent with a select group Keep Reading »


November 15, 2016 |
Among my family’s favorite youth authors is Sharon Creech, whose best-known work is Newberry Medal-winner “Walk Two Moons.” My son and I snuggled up with her latest book, “Moo,” during his recent bout with pneumonia. Keep Reading »