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: 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: Fly Girls by P. O’Connell Pearson

Tweet During World War II, people all over the U.S. were asked to pitch in to help the war effort. For women especially, this meant they got to do jobs they would not have been otherwise allowed to do. One … 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

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: The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg

Tweet Lola never would have guessed that getting suspended from school would be her ticket to go on a trip to Italy with her grandmother. Once she gets there, she learns all about the Palio, a horse race that’s been … Continue reading

Book Review: Pirates and Shipwrecks: True Stories by Tom McCarthy

Tweet Readers aged 9 to 12 are often attracted to stories about pirates and shipwrecks, and that may be especially true when those stories are about events that happened to real people. That’s the appeal of Pirates and Shipwrecks: True … Continue reading

Book Review: Survival: True Stories by Tom McCarthy

Tweet Some kids are drawn to history, some are not. But most are probably fascinated with real-life stories about events that happened to adventurers and regular people in days gone by. The Mystery and Mayhem series does a great job … Continue reading

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