Book Review: My Name Is Layla by Reyna Marder Gentin

Tweet Layla dreads starting 8th grade, another year, she assumes, of mediocre grades and the feeling of just getting by. Life at home has difficult moments too: her dad’s been gone since she was a baby, her mother juggles single-parenting … Continue reading

Book Review: Spark by Sarah Beth Durst

Tweet Mina is so excited to be bonded with a storm beast. These guardians of the weather in her home country spread just the right amount of rain, wind, and other elements to keep crops growing and people happy. But … Continue reading

Book Review: Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl

Tweet Swimming is the one constant Alice can count on when her family starts to fall apart. When she concentrates on the rhythm of moving from one end of the pool to the other she doesn’t have to think about … 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

Book Review: Ricky’s Atlas by Judith L. Li, Illustrations by M. L. Herring

Tweet Ricky Zamora loves the high desert area where his aunt, uncle, and cousins live. The terrain is much drier than the town west of the Cascade Mountains where he lives. But he arrives for a visit during a thunderstorm, … Continue reading

Book Club Favorites to Start Your Club Out Right

Tweet As school starts up again, you may be considering starting a mother-daughter book club or continuing one you’re already part of. Here are a few can’t miss titles released in the last year for young readers and a few … Continue reading

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