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Cindy B
As a kid, I used to tell people that I wanted to be a “professional book reviewer” when I grew up (along with writer/ballerina/figure skater/mom). I thought that any profession that involved the full-time reading of books was my idea of heaven. Getting the chance to review books is a little dream come true!
Magic beanstalks, brooding princes, ghosts, and mad scientists—what's not to like? There were several things about the setup to As The Sun Sets that made me unsure about how much I was going…
Although At Midnight didn't capture my fancy quite as much as its predecessor, With A Kiss, I still thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Fowers' brilliantly complex ride through half …
As a child, I loved Noel Streatfield's books about children who were able to find passions and make a living for themselves in the world of theater and dance. I was fascinated by the world of books li…
Having heard a lot of great reviews for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I was excited to get my hands on a copy to read and review. While there were things about the story that I did appreciate, …
Reading N. D. Wilson's debut novel was like revisiting some of my favorite books from childhood. In a story that is reminiscent of classics like The Chronicles of Narnia, but also distinctly its …
In the voices of a handful of very different fifth-grade students, Rob Buyea weavs a portrait of the kind of quietly influential teacher every kid needs in their life. I was instantly engaged by the s…
Today's middle grade and young adult markets are overrun with dystopian novels, and it can often feel like if you've read one, you've read them all! I was pleasantly delighted to find that The Bo…
Reading Breadcrumbs is a little bit like getting lost in a dream while wrapped up in a soft blanket by the fire in midwinter. Anne Ursu's lyrical, poetic language wrapped around me and pulle…
The Case of the Missing Marquess is the perfect read for fans of Sherlock Holmes, readers who enjoy a strong heroine, and people who just like a fun bit of deduction. I was quickly drawn into Enola's …
What are four kids stuck together in a snowbound airport waiting for their canceled flights to do? Solve a mystery, of course! Capture the Flag is an adventure from the very first page. I en…
I enjoyed this book even more than its predecessor (A Long Way From Chicago)! In A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck has brought back larger-than-life Grandma Dowdel for a whole year's worth of new …
Breaking Stalin's Nose is a brief story, simply told, but still absolutely chilling. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik, we see the senseless brutality of the early days of the communist S…
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