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Child's game turns deadly for inventor

Jennifer Minicus | 27 Apr 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A book for mystery and puzzle-lovers alike

Art comes to life in this picture book

Jon Dykstra | 26 Apr 2017

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

A fun and educational book for youngsters ages 5-8

Wanted: good heroines in children's lit

Jon Dykstra | 16 Apr 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

A fun romp with all sorts of inventive ingredients

C.S. Lewis in the trenches of WWI

Jon Dykstra | 6 Apr 2017

written for ages 15-18 | recommended

A story of Lewis's time on the front lines

Dogs track stolen cake

Jon Dykstra | 28 Mar 2017

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

A picture book full of puzzles and mazes

Sticky competition spoils maple syrup harvest

Jennifer Minicus | 23 Mar 2017

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

A new Pumpkin Falls mystery

New fantasy trilogy takes middle school readers by storm

Jon Dykstra | 10 Mar 2017

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Rabbits with swords - an irresistible combination

Boy's wish to disappear comes true

Jane Fagan | 6 Mar 2017

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

Have you ever wanted to just blend into the background?

Could this be the next Harry Potter?

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Feb 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Fantasy, historical fiction and fast-paced adventure

It's a hard-knocked life

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Feb 2017

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Tabitha's parents want to send her back to the orphanage.

The best book I read last summer

Jennifer Minicus | 3 Nov 2016

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

Nella thinks she knows her family until tragedy strikes their neighborhood.

Horse captures cattle rustlers

Jennifer Minicus | 1 Nov 2016

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

A lesser-known book by a renowned author

I have nothing to wear!

Jennifer Minicus | 18 Oct 2016

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

A picture book for budding fashion designers

Books about refugees for children

Jocelyne Freundorfer | 27 Sep 2016

written for all ages | recommended

Several books that approach this topic in an age appropriate manner.

Secret experiments on animals revealed

Jennifer Minicus | 19 Sep 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Raffa discovers the truth behind investments in scientific research.

A new school year begins

Jennifer Minicus | 12 Sep 2016

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

Two picture books for students ages 4-8.

Beauty is only skin deep

Jennifer Minicus | 22 Aug 2016

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Character trumps looks in this charming fairy tale.

Friendly neighbors make for a pleasant neighborhood

Jennifer Minicus | 11 Aug 2016

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

A new beginner reader series

Courageous teen brings peace to country in turmoil

Jennifer Minicus | 28 Jul 2016

written for ages 11-14 | recommended

The first in an amusing adventure series.

Picture book deals with difficult topic

Jane Fagan | 25 Jul 2016

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

A book explaining death to children ages 4-8

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