A friendship that crosses race barriers

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

A must-read for young and not-so-young adults

Jennifer Minicus | 10 June 2014
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.

A story that needs to be told

Jane Fagan | 07 February 2014
A rare account of a boy on Schindler's List.

Should young ladies know how to swim?

Jennifer Minicus | 09 December 2013
A must read for young women hoping to marry someday.

The Gift of Disability

Clare Cannon | 31 May 2013
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.

Shooting Kabul

Jennifer Minicus | 16 April 2012
A wonderful story about family loyalty.

Small Acts of Amazing Courage

Clare Cannon | 02 January 2012
One of those little books that is well worth reading.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Clare Cannon | 17 July 2011
A lyrical portrait of friendship and young love set in World War II among Chinese and Japanese Americans which shows surprising depth from new author Jamie Ford.

Moon Over Manifest

Jennifer Minicus | 06 May 2011
This Newbery winner has all the makings of a modern classic.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Tim Golden | 01 September 2010
A moving look at the horrors of Auschwitz as seen through the eyes of the camp commandant's nine year old son.

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