Birds of a feather flock together

Jennifer Minicus | 04 September 2015
Mr. Brown is proud of his hat.

Boy nearly dies after bee attack

Jennifer Minicus | 26 June 2015
Native Americans befriend a young settler.

Life is nothing but a board game

Tim Golden | 24 June 2015
A cross between science fiction and fantasy.

Affirmation empowers

Jennifer Minicus | 01 May 2015
A young elf proves that compassion is stronger than any weapon.

Friendship does not always require words

Jennifer Minicus | 13 February 2015
This author says it all with pictures.

A book that became a TV show

Tim Golden | 01 December 2014
Robert is bullied by Niker but befriended by Kate.

Blood is thicker than water

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

Love thy neighbor -  even when it is difficult

Jane Fagan | 13 October 2014
Unusual neighbors bring adventure to Tilda's dull town.

A friendship that crosses race barriers

Jennifer Minicus | 10 October 2014
Young Phillip overcomes racial prejudices.

A story of friendship and personal tragedy

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

Eric Carle gets personal

Jennifer Minicus | 01 September 2014
A story based on his childhood experience.

Great book for reluctant readers

Jane Fagan | 20 June 2014
Boys especially will enjoy this beginner series.

Science fair projects stump students

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

Squirrel caught in vacuum survives

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

A story that touched millions

Jane Fagan | 31 December 2013
Not your typical inspirational story.

Engaging characters bring this story to life

Tim Golden | 15 November 2013
Three youngsters help each other in their overlapping problems.

Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz

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

Romance in teen fiction

Clare Cannon | 30 July 2013
There’s nothing quite like a good romance. But what makes a literary romance ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for teens?

A book that builds character

Kathleen Pacious | 21 July 2013
A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.

Not quite Harry

Clare Cannon | 09 July 2013
I had thought this series might have the broad appeal of the Potter books...

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