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Alan Gratz is becoming "the guy" for middle grade historical fiction on tough topics. Refugee has received many accolades--all of which it deserves. It is a raw, unfiltered look at the immigrant exp…
Cytonic, the third book in the Skyward series, is the most ambitious book in this series so far. In the second book, Starsight, Spensa left her home world and traveled among the stars. In Cytonic, Spe…
My Fine Fellow is a food inspired take on the classic Pygmalion or My Fair Lady story.  Set in 1800’s England, the story follows the training and rise of Mr. Elijah Little as two aspiring culinar…
Veronica Agarwal’s Just Roll With It is a sweet story of friendship and overcoming difficulties. Lee Durfey-Lavoie’s illustrations are an excellent complement to Agarwal’s story. The majority of the c…
Brandon Sanderson delivers another fast-paced adventure in the second installment of his four-book Skyward series. Sanderson is known for his world building and his characters, and those are the stren…
Initially published in 1937 and awarded with a Newbery Honor in 1938, Bright Island is a classic coming-of-age story that holds up wonderfully to this day. The plot is simple enough, with no major sur…
Newt’s Emerald is simply a lot of fun. It manages to be light-hearted, easy to read and adventurous in a delightful alternate Regency England setting. The protagonist, Lady Truthful, is loveable and s…
Jerry Spinelli is the author of the beloved Stargirl, and thus, this book comes packed with high expectations.  This coming-of-age story has a contemporary setting, but there is an element o…
Six Crimson Cranes is by far one of the best fairy tale adaptations I have encountered in quite some time.  That is perhaps because it is more of a "inspired by" and "mashed together with" i…
It's been said that character is how we treat those who can do nothing for us.  In a time when Hitler was re-writing the world as people knew it, there were a few people who put their lives on th…
Start with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys--then add in a war-ravaged city and little faeries with a BIG attitude.  Any story with little weapon yielding fairies who fly on the backs of crows and are…
The Ash House by Angharad Walker was odd, interesting, and a little disturbing. Overall, I enjoyed the hauntingly atmospheric style and the pristine imagery she portrayed with her writing, but th…