Book Review: Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe

Tweet Chris Crowe’s novel, Death Coming Up the Hill, brings the turbulent events of 1968 alive for readers as seen through the eyes of Ashe, a high school senior. The story is told in haiku, one chapter for each week … Continue reading

Book Review: Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant

Tweet Flora Smallwood’s life is changing when she starts fourth grade in Rosetown, the small Indiana community where she lives. Everyone else in her class seems to have grown confident of themselves over summer, but Flora is feeling off balance … Continue reading

Book Review: Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. Frank

Tweet Charlie is about to start 6th grade when he learns that kids from a mostly African American neighborhood will be bused into his school and his friends are transferring out. His parents think it’s important that he stay. Armstrong’s … Continue reading

Book Review: The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe

Tweet Henry Whiskers is a mouse who lives with his family in Windsor Castle, where the biggest dollhouse ever built draws visitors from around the world. Henry is the 25th mouse of that name to live in the cedar drawers … Continue reading

Book Review: City of Grit and Gold by Maud Macrory Powell

Tweet Twelve-year-old Addie loves to run and feel the power in her growing legs, but she’s constantly cautioned to slow down, stay quiet, and do what her parents expect her to do. That’s difficult in Chicago during 1886, a time … Continue reading

Book Review: Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl

Tweet Jane Austen knows her cousin would never spy for the French. Not after her husband was sent to the guillotine by revolutionaries. Yet Jane can’t help wondering about the masked man with the tawny eyes who seems determined to … Continue reading

Book Review: Abrakapow by Isaiah Campbell

Tweet What happens when you take a true story of German prisoners held at a camp in Texas in 1944 and add in an 11-year-old girl magician? The result is Abrakapow, a wholly entertaining novel for young readers by Isaiah … Continue reading

Book Review: The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

Tweet Meli and her family are Albanians living in Kosovo in the 1990s when tensions are high between Kosovars and Serbs. The tensions eventually erupt into violence, with families displaced, people disappearing, and houses ruined. Meli and her family must … Continue reading

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