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

Book Review: Fishbone’s Song by Gary Paulsen

Tweet Fishbone tells three stories about how the boy came to live with him in the woods, but the boy doesn’t know which is true. Maybe they’re all true. He only knows Fishbone is old, and he’s got a way … Continue reading

Book Review: Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young

Tweet Tink is eleven and about to start sixth grade. Over the summer she grew a lot taller and had to start wearing a bra. Her best friend Jackie is still small, flat and, in Tink’s opinion, cute because of … Continue reading

Book Review: She Stood for Freedom by Loki Mulholland

Tweet In the late 1950s and early 60s, Joan Trumpauer was a teenager living in Virginia. The times were turbulent in the South, as court decisions went against the “separate but equal” mindset of race relations, and schools and other … Continue reading

Banish Obstacles to Signing Up for Library Summer Reading Program

Tweet Libraries everywhere are rolling out their summer reading programs in an effort to keep kids reading over the summer. It’s well documented that kids lose ground in what they’ve learned when they are on summer break. Parents can help … Continue reading

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