Book Giveaway & Review: Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg, Illustrated by Johanna Wright

Tweet Today I’m part of a blog tour to introduce a new series for young readers: The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine and its first book, Friendship Over. As part of the tour, I have one copy to give away … Continue reading

Book Review and Giveaway: With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

Tweet With a Name Like Love is a new book by Tess Hilmo that explores themes of friendship, pursuit of what’s right, and standing up for someone who is unpopular. Geared to readers aged 9 to 12, it will resonate … Continue reading

Book Review: The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Tweet Julie is thinking of nothing more than sneaking makeup from her friend’s mom and getting boys to notice her as she finishes summer term of Year Six. Then one day Mongolian brothers Chingis and Nergui appear in her classroom, … Continue reading

Book Review: The Crepe Makers’ Bond by Julie Crabtree

Tweet Ariel loves to cook. It helps her forget about the fact that she already has a huge chest that the eighth grade boys love to stare at, and that her family can really embarrass her sometimes. She especially loves … Continue reading

Book Review: Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder

Tweet Penny and her parents live a rather privileged though somewhat isolated life in New York City. One day Penny is feeling rather bored and writes a wish to throw into the fountain in her back yard: “I wish something … Continue reading

Book Review: Ivy + Bean: What’s the Big Idea, Written by Annie Barrows, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Tweet Ivy and Bean are friends even though they are opposite in many ways. Bean is loud and rambunctious and full of crazy ideas. Ivy is quiet and thoughtful and often willing to help Bean try out some of her … Continue reading

Book Review: Hurricane Mia by Donna Marie Seim

Tweet The last thing Mia wants to do is spend the summer with her grandparents in their home on the Caribbean island of Bambarra. She was supposed to be at a camp with her best friend, but instead she’s stuck … Continue reading

Book Review: Noonie’s Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback

Tweet Noonie is sure that she will someday be a famous artist. She knows many well-known artists go through periods where they focus on color, and she herself has been through a blue period. This came after her mom died … Continue reading

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