Great book for reluctant readers
Boys especially will enjoy this beginner series.
An author the NY Times called a genius
According to Billy's parents, it is the Year of Billy Miller!
Why do boys love trucks so much?
A bestselling picture book for nearly three years.
Inside a male brain
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.
The Gift of Disability
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.
One for the boys
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.
Add this author to my list of favorites!
A charming story filled with believable characters and reverence for family relationships.
This Author Should Be Compulsory Reading
Not just this one, but all of Spinelli's entertaining books should be compulsory character-development reading.
The Silver Nutmeg
Some books beg to be read aloud.
A story of friendship, forgiveness and adventure.
An enjoyable adventure
The Many Troubles of Andy Russell
Andy Russell has lost a number of his pet gerbils.
An amusing yet touching memoir of life in Wisconsin during WWI.
Anyone who has ever experienced puppy love should read this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
The Saxby Smart Series
Saxby Smart is a child detective.
The Secret Garden
A timeless classic
Parents of avid young readers often ask me for new titles of basic chapter books.
The Biggest Bear
A tale of love and duty with a surprise ending.
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms
Stuart anticipates a boring summer, but is in for a big surprise.
Gone Away Lake
A delightfully innocent story.
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