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Children confront tyrannical alligator

Jennifer Minicus | 5 Jan 2018

written for ages 9-12 | recommended

Blue Montgomery always loses, but he's hoping to change his fate.

Challenging classic is a worthwhile read

David Breen | 6 Dec 2017

written for ages 13-16 | recommended

A boating accident forces Harvey to grow-up.

Family is a priority for immigrants

Jennifer Minicus | 21 Sep 2017

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

A young Vietnamese boy learns the value of hard work and sacrifice.

Help for children facing anxiety

Jennifer Minicus | 7 Aug 2017

written for all ages | recommended

A book that provides techniques to overcome childhood fears

Grandfather and goose face-off

Jon Dykstra | 18 Jul 2017

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

An entertaining classic

Young boy raises lion cub

Jon Dykstra | 28 Jun 2017

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

African animals charm young readers.

Grandmother bridges generation gap

Jennifer Minicus | 2 Jun 2017

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

Henry likes to take his time.

Why not just read the original version?

Jon Dykstra | 26 May 2017

written for ages 2-7 | recommended

A worthwhile abridged classic

Boys outsmart thief and magician

Jennifer Minicus | 15 May 2017

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

A fun fairy tale is back in print.

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.

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