Book Review: Catch Me When I Fall by Bonnie Graves

Tweet Twelve-year-old Emma knows how to put in a good day’s work. Times are tough in Racine, Wisconsin during the Great Depression, but her mother has enough work to put food on the table and Emma helps with chores. Emma’s … Continue reading

Book Review: The Button Box by Bridget Hodder and Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Tweet Ava is Jewish and Nadeem is Muslim. They’re also cousins who live in a loving, interfaith extended family. When Nadeem is bullied at school, Ava jumps in to defend him. But her own friends advise her to avoid the … Continue reading

Book Review: What Every Girl Should Know by J. Albert Mann

Tweet Many people may recognize the name Margaret Higgins Sanger as the feminist and women’s health activist who established organizations that became Planned Parenthood. But most probably aren’t aware of her early life, her upbringing in a gritty Upstate New … Continue reading

Book Review: Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt

Tweet Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis and his dad steal angels—the stone kind that sit atop forgotten graves in forgotten cemeteries. They only do it out of necessity, like when the lady who owns the antique store where they both live says … Continue reading

Book Review: Invictus by L.L. Holt

Tweet When Beethoven was born he had a dark complexion, darker than anyone in the family. His father, who was prone to drinking and angry outbursts, was suspicious that the baby’s mother had not been faithful. But the young Louis … Continue reading

Book Review: Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

Tweet Seeking escape from his stern stepfather and stepbrothers, Arthur is desperate to find a ship that will take him from Norway to Wales, where he hopes to live with his father’s family. But no ship needs a scrawny, unexperienced … Continue reading

Book Review: Skylark and Wallcreeper

Tweet When waters from Hurricane Sandy flood the nursing home in Queens where Lily’s Grandma Collette lives, residents are evacuated to a shelter in Brooklyn. Collette insists that Lily save a small box that she later finds holds a pen. … Continue reading

Book Review: My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih

Tweet Hanna Slivka lives with her parents and her younger sister and brother in Ukraine when World War II breaks out. They first endure hardships under the Russians who take over, but when the Nazis come Jews start to disappear. … Continue reading

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