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“The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher” by Dana Alison Levy

Colleen read The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher and this is what she thought… With two dads, four brothers, a cat, a dog, and an imaginary cheetah named Flare – this book is truly overflowing with misadventures! The story follows the Fletchers through one school year. Sam (twelve-years-old) lives and breathes soccer, but his teacher […]

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“Fighting Words” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Amanda read Fighting Words and this is what she thought… Della, and her older sister Suki, escape an abusive living situation and end up in a foster home. They learn that there are adults in the world they can trust, and that they deserve to be happy children in a loving home. I loved The […]

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“The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart” by Stephanie Burgis

Colleen read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and this is what she thought… Aventurine is a dragon, the fiercest thing in her mountains, but her family will not let her leave their cave until she is stronger. She sets off on her own to prove she is ready, only to be tricked by a […]

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“Bayou Magic” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Joan read Bayou Magic and this is what she thought… The story follows 10-year-old Maddy when she spends a summer with her grandmother on the Louisiana bayou. It is a great blend of whimsical adventure and serious issues such as environmental awareness and parent/child relations. I loved how the book took the serious issue of […]

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STEM Book Club for Beginners

Just beginning to read chapter books? Then, check out this virtual book club of “Branches” titles. These beginner books, recommended for ages 5-8, have vibrant illustrations and fun characters. Each month we will focus on a different book series and complete a STEM activity. Make sure you register to save your spot. Then, we will […]

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“Closer to Nowhere” by Ellen Hopkins

Amanda read Closer to Nowhere and this is what she thought… Hannah and Cal discover they are more alike than they realized as they work together to save the family they care about. It is told from alternating perspectives. Ellen Hopkins is my all time favorite author, so naturally I had to read this. The […]

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“Black Brother, Black Brother” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Rachel read Black Brother, Black Brother and this is what she thought… Donte and Trey, bi-racial brothers, attend Middlefield Prep where there is not much diversity. Donte is dubbed the “black brother” while Trey has fair skin and passes for white. Donte is harassed by other students and targeted by teachers, often getting in trouble […]

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“Everything on a Waffle” by Polly Horvath

Chance read Everything on a Waffle and this is what he thought… Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp lives in Coal Harbour, British Columbia, Canada. After her parents her swept away at sea, Primrose is placed in the care of her uncle Jack. The book follows Primrose as she continues her daily routine, not in mourning for her parents, but […]

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Native American Heritage Month: Kids Booklist

Celebrate Native American Heritage month this November with a good book – or two! This booklist of Children’s titles highlights books written and illustrated by Native American authors. Checkout winners of the American Indian Youth Literature Award: here. Fiction Titles Younger Readers Birdsong by Julie Flett First Laugh: Welcome, Baby! by Rose Tahe and Nancy […]