I loved this book! There was so much history that I didn’t know before. Some parts were even a little funny to keep you interested! The perfect combination. This book teaches you about the Marquise de Lafayette, the legend of Molly Pitcher, the Culper Spy Ring & so many more facts you wouldn’t find anywhere else. I recommend this book for people interested in the American Revolution or just interested in being smarter than their teachers! I love this book! For age 8 and up.
-Kennedy A., age 9
This Young Reader’s Edition perfectly hits the mark. Reimagined with sixth grader Molly in the present day, whose story is intertwined with Niamh from 1929, historical fiction fans will love the way these two lives are subtly compared, and ultimately reach across the years to help each other out. A beautiful portrayal of difficult circumstances and compassionate understanding.
To have such exquisite writing available to middle grade readers is extraordinary. Told in an intimate and determined voice, Crow’s search to find her roots rocks her fragile world, and endangers those around her. Profound yet utterly relatable, I will reread this book many times; destined for the Newbery shortlist.
Jerry Spinelli has been a master story teller for a long time…and he still is! The Warden’s Daughter is about a girl struggling to shed the burdens of her childhood and all the messy realities that go along with that journey. In these pages you will meet Cammie, a girl so real in her desires, her mess ups, her attempts to be happy, that you will think you’ve met her before or maybe even you have some of her inside you! Enter the world of the 1950’s and be prepared for some heavy topics and some serious angst. Read this book and give it to someone else so you can discuss!
Here's one for the fans of realistic fiction, mystery or adventure. Lizzie lives at the zoo where her father works. Tyler is a runaway taking refuge behind the elephant's house. When their paths cross, a friendship begins.Then one of the wolves dies & they're suspicious. Their curiosity takes them out of the zoo & into the wilds of Yosemite Park, testing their new friendship as well as survival skills. The Wolf Keepers is well-paced, smoothly written & has the markings of a Nutmeg nominee. A story not to be missed for both guys & girls.
On 9/11 all of our lives changed. But on September 9th and 10th four young people were deep in the everyday issues of family, school and friends. Sergio who lives in Brooklyn with his grandmother and is missing the love and affection of his mom and dad. Will lives in Shanksville, PA; his father was killed in a traffic accident as he stopped to help another driver. Naheed, in Columbus, OH, is a young Muslim girl starting a new school wearing the traditional head scarf of Muslim women. Aimee is also starting a new school, in California, and feeling unsure of her life. All are impacted by the horrific event of 9/11 simply because they are Americans. A great story for Middle School and up. A poignant and sensitive way for young people to experience the impact that day had on everyone. A must read!
Think you want to be an astronaut? Well, it wasn’t Leland Melvin’s dream. After all, he played football for the Detroit Lions. Until he was injured. But he didn’t let it keep him down. Instead, he went to work in a completely different field…for NASA, where eventually he became an astronaut and so much more! Follow Leland on his journey, where grit has been key to all his successes. Here’s a book sure to set a fire in all of us to dream big and never give in to our fears. For readers, ages 8-12, and beyond!
I do not like this cover. I do not like this title. BUT I DO LOVE THIS BOOK! So you may think you can’t relate to the main character because she’s from Iran; her language is different, her food is different, her culture is different, everything about her is different… or so you think.
Meet Zomorod (who now calls herself Cindy). She’s just moved to Newport Beach, CA and is starting middle school. Follow her through the highs and lows of making friends, navigating school and just trying to be “the best version of herself” that she can be and I know you’ll be able to relate to Zomorod’s feelings and emotions. No matter where we come from, no matter how different we look on the outside, we really are all the same on the inside. This well-crafted, poignant and truly funny story is just a terrific read for everyone!
A great follow up to The Book Scavenger, this story features Emily & James trying to solve a puzzle that no one has solved for hundreds of years, plus find out who the mysterious arsonist is, all why trying to figure out more about Mr. Quisling’s past life. I really like this book because it is full of plot twists. I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up! I recommend this book for people who enjoy mysteries & adventure stories.
Lucy F., age 12
Raymie Nightingale is a sweet and unassuming story. It's a summer in the life of a girl who’s just trying to live and be happy. This book is a good for someone looking for a soft read that deals with some inevitable difficulties in life in an introductory way.
Raymie’s father has left her and her mother and Raymie wants him back. Then, her voice of reason- an elderly neighbor- passes away. All Raymie wants is to win Little Miss Florida Tire and get her dad back. Despite some difficult happenings, Raymie makes it through her summer, living life big in her small town with her two new friends.
How magical is your family? Probably more than you think, Carol’s definitely is. Trapped on her ailing Grandpa Serge’s ranch for the summer, Carol will learn all about the incredible, and real, magic that once made the ranch a lush village. Grandpa Serge will tell her stories of how her adventurous and beautiful Grandma made the discovery that took the water and life out of the village. He says the return of the bees means rain. Can Carol and her connection to the bees save her Grandpa’s dried up ranch from drought, and ultimately, the love between her family?
In a world full of fairy tales there is a school that trains young men and women to be princes and princesses. Evie has no memories of the past, so when she arrives at the Pennyroyal Academy she is given a new name and a new identity. As she trains to be a princess she begins to realize what it really means to be a princess. Pennyroyal Academy is an imaginative spin on the fairy tale stories you know and love!!
How deep can the bond of friendship go? Anyone who knows the power of the relationship you have with your animal will understand every moment of Pax, the incredible story of a boy and his fox. Separated by war and human weakness, Peter and Pax set out to find each other against nearly impossible odds. Filled with courage, heartache, and the joy of finding one's own truth, Pax is a very special story that will stick with you for a long time.
This is my absolute favorite mythology book in the Kids Room! Fans of the incredibly popular Percy Jacksonseries are guaranteed to devour this book from cover to cover. Learn about the Greek Gods from the wise-cracking demigod himself, Percy Jackson. This gorgeously illustrated book is laugh out loud funny as well as informative. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods is the perfect book for Greek Mythology enthusiasts!