Category Archives: children

Review: Counting by 7s

Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. New York:Dial, 2013. Grades 5-8. As the cover suggests, twelve-year-old Willow Chance is always swimming against the tide. A genius who is misunderstood by almost everyone around her, she has only had one friend … Continue reading

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Review: Tuesdays at the Castle

George, Jessica Day. Tuesdays at the Castle. New York: Bloomsbury, 2011. Grades 3-6. Princess Celie is the Castle favorite. The capital C is significant, for not only do all the inhabitants of the royal castle of Sleyne love Celie, the … Continue reading

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Review: Pearl Verses the World

Murphy, Sally. Pearl Verses the World. Illustrated by Heather Potter. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2011. First published in Australia, 2009. Grades 3-6. For all of Pearl’s life family has meant Pearl, her mom, and her granny. But now Granny is slipping … Continue reading

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Review: Breaking Stalin’s Nose

Yelchin, Eugene. Breaking Stalin’s Nose. New York: Holt, 2011. (Grades 5-8) Yelchin’s debut novel examines life in Stalinist Russia through the eyes of Sasha, a young boy who idolizes Stalin. He believes the lies and half truths he has been … Continue reading

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Review: Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

Silverberg, Alan. Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze. New York: Aladdin, 2010. (Grades 4-7) This is a sneaky little book. Readers pick it up thinking it’s a “Wimpy Kid” read-alike, and it is… and it isn’t. On p. 13 readers … Continue reading

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Review: The Lemonade Crime

Davies, Jacqueline. The Lemonade Crime. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2011. (Grades 3-5) Jessie and her older brother Evan came to terms with gifted Jessie skipping third grade and joining Evan in the school’s only fourth grade class, but it took … Continue reading

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Review: Puppet Play

Schoenbrun, Diana. Puppet Play: 20 Puppet Projects Made with Recycled Mittens, Towels, Socks, and More. Riverside, NJ: Andrews McMeel, 2011. (Grades 4-Adult) Schoenbrun is an accomplished puppeteer as well as an author and illustrator. Detailed illustrations, color photographs, patterns, and … Continue reading

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