Book Review: March Forward, Girl by Melba Pattillo Beals

Tweet From an early age, Melba Pattillo Beals chafed against the rules African Americans had to follow in the Jim Crow South. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, she only felt safe when at home with her mother and … Continue reading

Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Tweet Four children with no parents around to care for them are brought together under unusual circumstances and given a mission. They are to stop the plans of a man who intends to take over the world. The four, Reynie, … Continue reading

Book Review: It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Tweet When Zomorod’s dad gets a job helping to build an oil refinery, her family moves from Iran to the U.S. The first thing she wants to do is change her name to something that won’t make her feel so … Continue reading

Book Review: Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret

Tweet Cici knows she’d like to be a writer when she grows up. “My trick for telling stories,” she says, “is to observe people, to imagine their lives, their secrets.” To hone her skills at observation, she keeps a journal … Continue reading

Book Review: Strimko Book 1 by the Grabarchuk Family

Tweet Strimko Book 1: 150 Easy-to-Master Number Logic Puzzles showcases a new type of puzzle invented in 2008 by the Grabarchuk family—Serhiy, Tanya, Peter and Helen. What is Strimko? The Grabarchuks describe it as a logic number puzzle based on … Continue reading

Saturdays With Hitchcock by Ellen Wittlinger

Tweet Life is complicated for 12-year-old Maisie. Her uncle has moved in with her family after getting injured while filming a movie in Hollywood. Her grandma is showing signs of dementia. She finds out that a boy “like” likes her. … Continue reading

Book Review: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Tweet Priyanka doesn’t understand why her mother won’t talk to her about life in India or the father she has never known. Born in the U.S., Priyanka feels the tug of two cultures: the food and traditions of her mother’s … Continue reading

Book Review: Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale by G. Neri

Tweet Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee are well known writers, yet young readers may not know that the two met when they were children in the town of Monroeville, Alabama. Their friendship continued even though Capote often lived elsewhere, … Continue reading

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