Not exactly kissing cousins
Kieran would rather not share his home with his unusual cousin.
Grandfather inspires courage in young girl
An Irish family immigrates to America.
An author the NY Times called a genius
According to Billy's parents, it is the Year of Billy Miller!
The “weaker sex”?
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.
Science fair projects stump students
Anna and her friends find a practical use for their research.
Is acting a real job?
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.
When should a child be told he is adopted?
Separated at birth, Jack and Jake have a bone to pick with their parents.
Royal family disappears
Only a magical castle can find them.
Overscheduled children and overtired parents
A picture book that highlights family time.
A mother’s love; a father’s sacrifice
Two million copies sold so far.
Squirrel caught in vacuum survives
Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo reveals a lighter side.
Copper has never met her family.
Is a car more than the sum of its parts?
A 21st century makeover for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz
Life on Alcatraz is no picnic.
War pits brother against brother
An award winning book about the American Civil War.
The Gift of Disability
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.
Was Snow White’s Evil Stepmother a Victim of Circumstance?
Have you ever wondered what is meant by, "They lived happily ever after?"
Add this author to my list of favorites!
A charming story filled with believable characters and reverence for family relationships.
A Book That Has It All
Historical Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Family, Music, Art, Culture...
The Swallows and the Amazons Series
Three families of children enjoy themselves outdoors.
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