Young girl wants to fit in with her peers
Cleo is going to a birthday party.
Best books for girls ages 10-12
A school librarian provides a list of suggested titles.
Copper has never met her family.
A story that touched millions
Not your typical inspirational story.
Reverse discrimination evident in children’s book
A terrible mixture of animals and feminism.
Being an orphan is never easy.
This Author Should Be Compulsory Reading
Not just this one, but all of Spinelli's entertaining books should be compulsory character-development reading.
A Book That Has It All
Historical Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Family, Music, Art, Culture...
The Silver Nutmeg
Some books beg to be read aloud.
Cam Jansen Mysteries
Three titles from a mystery series for beginner readers.
A coming of age story for young teen girls.
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
An enthusiastic thumbs up
Garnet Linden loves life on a Wisconsin farm.
The Midwife’s Apprentice
I like to think that a Newbery award winning book is a sure bet.
Everyone knows the key to a great pie is the crust.
The Secret Garden
A timeless classic
Parents of avid young readers often ask me for new titles of basic chapter books.
The 100 Cupboards Series
I do not usually enjoy creepy stories, but
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
A new Regency Romance for young adults.
A Hero for WondLa
Mother Earth rescues Eva Nine in her next adventure.
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|highly recommended: you must read this!
recommended: age-appropriate and entertaining
acceptable: not outstanding but not problematic
some reservations: contains potentially problematic scenes or concepts
not recommended: not appropriate for intended readers