Author Archives: Mrs. Mason

Dear Miss Karana

Dear Miss Karana by Eric Elliot Grades 4 & up Tishmal is a fourth grader who lives and goes to school on an Indian Reservation near Riverside, California. After studying Island of the Blue Dolphins in school, she starts writing … Continue reading

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See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng Grades 5 & up Alex loves space, rockets, and truth, and he idolizes Carl Sagan, which is why he named his dog after him. With the help of an online forum, Alex … Continue reading

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The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya Grades 4 & up Arturo’s family is centered around the restaurant founded by his grandparents. La Cocina de la Isla is a popular meeting place in their neighborhood — Abuela knows … Continue reading

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Beyond the Bright Sea

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk Grades 5 & up Crow doesn’t know who her parents are or where she came from, only that she washed ashore on one of the Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Massachusetts when … Continue reading

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Frogkisser!

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix Grades 4 & up Princess Anya just wants to sit in the castle library, read books, and learn magic. But when her step-step-father, an evil sorcerer, turns her older sister’s latest love interest into a frog, … Continue reading

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The End of the Wild

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget Grades 4 & up Things have been hard for sixth grader Fern for the two years since her mother and baby brother died in an accident. Her stepfather has a hard time … Continue reading

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Dragon’s Green

Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas Grades 4 & up What a great start to a new series! I don’t want to reveal too much, but if you like fantasy, you are going to want to read this one! Effie has … Continue reading

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Geekerella

Geekerella by Ashley Poston Grades 8 & up In this retelling of Cinderella, Elle is a huge fan of the classic Starfield series and her father started the ExcelsiCon to celebrate it. After he died, she was stuck at home … Continue reading

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Sydney MacKenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead

Sydney MacKenzie Knocks ‘Em Dead by Cindy Callaghan Grades 5 & up Sydney has been working hard at maintaining her image and status at her southern California middle school even as family finances get tighter and tighter. Then her parents … Continue reading

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Joplin, Wishing

Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley Grades 4 & up Joplin is having a hard time at school. Her best friend has deserted her for the “Fashionistas,” and she is being horribly teased about her grandfather who was a best-selling author … Continue reading

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