Author Archives: Mrs. Mason

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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Orphan Island

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder Grades 5 & up Jinny becomes the Elder on the island the day that Deen gets into the boat to leave. The boat also delivers Ess, who becomes Jinny’s Care. This is the way the … Continue reading

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Me and Marvin Gardens

Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King Grades 4 & up Obe is having a really hard sixth grade year. He is watching the fields around his house, which used to belong to his family, be turned into new housing … Continue reading

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