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Birdie’s Billions is a fun story for those who enjoy reading about someone experiencing a sudden windfall. With her newfound money, main character Birdie finds her life gets complicated to say the lea…
Being a fan of Chris Grabenstein, I was excited to read his latest book, The Smartest Kid in the Universe: Genius Camp. While this book can stand on its own without having read the first in the series…
Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Perfection is everything one could want in a middle-grade book: great characters, humor, and an excellent plot. The story begins as we meet Ben and his not-so-perfect pa…
I absolutely loved I Am Defiance, so when I saw that Jenni L. Walsh had a new book, it was a must-read. Even with the high expectations, Walsh didn’t disappoint with By the Light of Fireflies. It’s al…
Big Foot, a.k.a. Shim is quite the kid. Like your typical 12-year-old boy, he loves food! He’s also a wonderful son and friend who when he’s not thinking about food is looking for adventure but is als…
Time capsules were a big thing in the '80s and The Best Worst Summer reminds us of that as BFFs Melissa and Jessica begin their summer creating one. Jump forward three decades to Peyton, who…
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team lives up to the “incredible” in its subtitle. The rescue, the people who made it possible, and the boys who were strand…
Allergic is the story of a little girl's quest to find the perfect pet. The only problem is she's allergic to all the pets she'd like to adopt. This graphic novel has heartwarming moments and lov…
Authors Eva Ibbotson and Sibéal Pounder have quite the imagination, and they show us precisely that in Beyond Platform 13. Ibbotson created this magical world originally in The Secret o…
Author and illustrator, James Kochoalka, knows how to make young readers giggle in Banana Fox and the Secret Sour Society. Main character, Banana Fox, isn't the brightest star in the sky but he w…
Perhaps more of us would have paid attention in history class if James Otis Smith had been allowed to write the school books like he does his graphic novels.  Between the pictures and his running…
Author Lavie Tidhar is a seasoned writer but Candy Mafia is the first book he's written for children. If all of his work is this brilliant, I hope he continues writing for this demographic. …