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A Tale of Two Castles

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine grades 4-6 I was super excited to read Gail Carson Levine’s latest novel. I’m a big fan of fairy tales where the princess saves herself, and this one meets the task. … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger grades 5-7 Dwight, one of the strangest kids in sixth grade, has created an origami Yoda finger puppet which he wears all the time and talks to. That’s not the strange … Continue reading

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Blood on the River

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 by Elisa Carbone grades 5 & up 12-year-old Samuel, page to Captain John Smith, is one of the first group of settlers to James Town in the New World. James Town is nothing … Continue reading

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No Passengers Beyond This Point

No Passengers Beyond this Point by Gennifer Choldenko grades 5 & up I can’t really say too much about this book without giving away the ending. Which I definitely don’t want to do. Finn, Mouse, & India’s mom gives them … Continue reading

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The Year Money Grew on Trees

The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins grades 4 & up Jackson’s father wanted him to get a summer job. Jackson had to figure out something quickly, or get stuck working in the junkyard all summer. When his … Continue reading

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The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor grades 3-6 This is a summertime book of days gone by, when summers were long and playing outside was the only option. Owen spends weeks tracking down the biggest bullfrog in … Continue reading

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Most Wanted

Most Wanted by Kate Thompson grades 2-4 Marcus, the baker’s son, finds himself with the most powerful horse in all of Rome. And the soldiers are looking for it everywhere. He can not abandon the horse, but he also does … Continue reading

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Zora & Me

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond Grades 4-6 My rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting look at Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood in Eatonville, Florida, an all African-American town. Zora, Carrie, and Teddy become embroiled in the investigation of a … Continue reading

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Knucklehead

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka grade 4 & up I am hesitant to call this an autobiography, since that makes it sound like a dry summary of Jon Scieska’s life. What it is instead is an absolutely hysterical series of vignettes … Continue reading

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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner grades 5 & up This is one of those books that I had been meaning to read for awhile, but I kept pushing it aside. When I finally read it this past weekend, I … Continue reading

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