Family


Blood is thicker than water

Jennifer Minicus | 22 October 2014
Ariana is proud of her Afghan heritage.

A story of friendship and personal tragedy

Jane Fagan | 10 September 2014
A young girl deals with her mother's illness.

There’s no friend like a sister

Tim Golden | 18 August 2014
Another story about the four Conroy girls.

Not exactly kissing cousins

Jane Fagan | 16 July 2014
Kieran would rather not share his home with his unusual cousin.

Grandfather inspires courage in young girl

Jane Fagan | 03 June 2014
An Irish family immigrates to America.

An author the NY Times called a genius

Jane Fagan | 25 April 2014
According to Billy's parents, it is the Year of Billy Miller!

The “weaker sex”?

Jennifer Minicus | 08 April 2014
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.

Science fair projects stump students

Jennifer Minicus | 21 March 2014
Anna and her friends find a practical use for their research.

Is acting a real job?

Tim Golden | 14 March 2014
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.

When should a child be told he is adopted?

Jennifer Minicus | 25 February 2014
Separated at birth, Jack and Jake have a bone to pick with their parents.

Royal family disappears

Jennifer Minicus | 01 February 2014
Only a magical castle can find them.

Overscheduled children and overtired parents

Jane Fagan | 25 January 2014
A picture book that highlights family time.

A mother’s love; a father’s sacrifice

Jennifer Minicus | 18 January 2014
Two million copies sold so far.

Squirrel caught in vacuum survives

Jennifer Minicus | 05 January 2014
Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo reveals a lighter side.

Family feud

Tim Golden | 04 January 2014
Copper has never met her family.

Is a car more than the sum of its parts?

Tim Golden | 05 November 2013
A 21st century makeover for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz

Jennifer Minicus | 13 October 2013
Life on Alcatraz is no picnic.

War pits brother against brother

Jennifer Minicus | 22 August 2013
An award winning book about the American Civil War.

The Gift of Disability

Clare Cannon | 31 May 2013
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?

Jennifer Minicus | 27 May 2013
Have you ever wondered what is meant by, "They lived happily ever after?"

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