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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!
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…
Nobody in Mrs. Pidgeon's second-grade class at Watertower Elementary has ever met a student quite like Gooney Bird Greene—and most readers probably haven't, either! With her wacky fashion, l…
Eva Ibbotson is one of my very favorite authors. Her sweet, genuine characters, quirky settings and personalities, and satisfying plots never fail to bring a smile to my face and an added measure of j…
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…
After reading Kimberley Griffiths Little's wonderful novel, The Healing Spell, earlier this year, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Circle of Secrets. The story did not disappoint! …
The Dark Unwinding is an unusual, atmospheric, sometimes creepy read with a whole lot of heart. I was engaged immediately by the book's unique premise—how many books can you say you've read in which t…
The Golden Flute begins on an exciting note, and the fast pace and adventurous plot continues until the last page. Catherine Lanigan's teen heroes are likeable and easy to relate to, and her myst…
I grew up just a few hours west of Wilmington, North Carolina. However, until reading Crow, I'd never realized how ignorant I was of a crucial point in North Carolina history! I found the story fascin…
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…
Because I grew up not far from the Appalachian mountains and have cystic fibrosis myself, I was immediately intrigued by the description of Marilyn Sue Shank's Child of the Mountains. This rich, layer…
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…