An important look at the harrowing journey endured, and relentless hope embraced, by so many refugees. It is sometimes the youngest who survive, who must say a sad farewell to comrades who don’t. Colfer’s brilliant storytelling keeps the reader’s hope alive to the bittersweet ending. It’s also the perfect use of the graphic novel format: urgent, tense, and real.
This story is told in an unusual format that I’ll confess I wasn’t sure I’d like. It’s a series of letters & printed out texts & recorded conversations, so I thought it’d be choppy & difficult to follow. But boy was I wrong! What it does do is help each character’s personality shine through, allows us to get inside their heads & understand their different points-of-view. While Nora & her classmates are preparing letters for a time capsule for an end-of-year project, there’s a breakout at the local prison. This tension-filled, yet humorous book will open important conversations about race, privilege & different ways to look at situations.
If the story of Malala captured your attention, then you will truly appreciate Amal’s story. “Life isn’t fair.” That’s what Amal’s father has told her. Maybe that’s true…but why is that a reason to just accept everything & go along with it? Amal hopes there really is someone out there who has the courage to stand up & say no. What is wonderful is Amal discovers she is the one to do it! When Amal accidentally offends one of the most powerful families in her village, she is forced to work as a servant, not only as punishment but also to pay off a debt that her father owes to them. But Amal’s spirit carries her through in making change. What an inspiring story. I love Amal's spirit.
I was completely drawn in by this story about learning to balance being a kid and taking charge of your own life. Alice’s 12th summer is threatened by change - her family is a mess, her friends are away and a late birthday means she is the youngest in her swim category. But hard work and perseverance lead to new opportunities, and staying true to what is important to Alice leads to the “tiny infinities” that mark the diffrence between sinking and success in this realistic, engaging, and ultimately hopeful novel.
Vera has always felt like the odd one out because she’s Russian. So when her friend tells her about a Russian camp she attended, Vera knows it’s destiny—everyone will be like her. But when she arrives, Vera still feels like the outsider. I really enjoyed reading this book because at times all of us can relate to what Vera feels. I also liked the pictures because it made it easier to understand how Vera felt. I don’t usually pick up graphic novels, but if you’re looking to explore a new kind of book, this one will not disappoint!
— ARC REVIEWER Micaela, age 10
This thrilling & mysterious book is filled with adventure & action. After a tragedy occurs, Lizzie goes blind & her mother dies. Afterwards, Peg--Lizzie’s little sister & Mercy--Lizzie’s friend, notice a strange scientist named Mr. Walton at the mother’s grave. Lizzie is determined to discover the secrets that Mr. Walton is hiding. You will love this Page-turning mystery that keeps you guessing until the last Page. I know I did.
— ARC REVEIWER, Ella S., age 10
A fascinating story of 13-year-old Lora's decision to volunteer as one of Fidel Castro's Literacy Volunteers in early communist Cuba. With elements of historical fiction and adventure tale, this coming-of-age story follows one teen's determination to live by her values and thus find her greater purpose in life. It is also an exploration of literacy, and what it means to be able to and allowed to read. The author of The Bridge to Terabithia has again given us a book that allows us to experience life from deep within a character who is discovering their place in the world.
Here’s a story about a weird society in which there are bunnies of all colors & their moms are dogs! And…waterfalls go from down to up! One day everything weird in this society becomes normal—dogs give birth to dogs & waterfalls go from up to down. Meanwhile, Grimsly Summerfield owns a pet graveyard & some bones are stolen. He goes on a quest for the Seer, the one that can see into the future, to help him figure out how to make the society weird again. The Seer sends Grimsley to the real world, & he dives deeper into the secrets of the town he calls home.
— Bryce L., age 9
At the end of The War that Saved My Life, Ada & Jamie are reunited with Susan, but their house has been bombed. This book continues their story. After Ada’s long-awaited clubfoot surgery & months in the hospital, they move into a cottage belonging to Lady Thornton. World War II continues to escalate, & the rich Lady Thornton’s mansion is taken for military use. She has no choice but to move into the small cottage with them. Although it’s hard living in the crowded place, it gets worse when Ruth moves in. Ruth—a Jewish girl from Germany! Ada doesn’t know if she can trust her. And when a sudden loss rocks the tiny cottage, it’s hard to keep fighting. Will Ada make it through the calamity? Find out in: The War I Finally Won, yet another amazing war story!
— Hannah C., Age 12
For Ada, World War II has been a good thing so far. It got her out of a trapped existence with an abusive mother, the surgery she needed to fix her clubfoot, a guardian who seems to love her, friends, even a pony of her own.
Now that her life is changing for the better, Ada can see that others face great challenges, too, even those who seem to have everything. As the sacrifices of war come closer to home, is it Ada’s turn to help? And why is figuring out who to help so confusing?
Readers will welcome another chance to share Ada’s story in this very satisfying sequel to The War That Saved My Life.
What a thrilling, well written debut novel for both guys and gals. Scott Reintgen has skillfully achieved a balance of compelling plot with highly authentic characters that drive the story forward. A former high school teacher, Reintgen has used his experiences to create relatable characters in a classroom-like scenario, but in an outer-space setting—I couldn’t help but like Emmet and wanted to know what would happen to him next. Whether you’re a fan of sci-fi or not, you will love this book! I absolutely did!
This is a good story about not worrying what others think about you & being true to yourself. Allie is the principal’s kid & no one trusts her because they think she’ll tattle to her mom on them. She has a group of other kids whose parents are faculty & through them, she learns what it means to be a good friend. I like this book as it had good life lessons for kids in middle school.
— ARC REVIEWER Lucy F., age 13
Looking for an action-packed adventure that just doesn’t stop? Then this book is for you! I mean it! Once he arrived in Belize, I don’t think Sam ever got a chance to relax & you the reader will feel the very same way. In fact, I’d be surprised if you didn’t try to read this story all in one sitting. Sam is following another clue about pyramids, with the hope of finding his parents. Once again, he has help from a friend he met when heading to Egypt—Mary. And once again, he has suspicions about her: is she really trying to help him or is she trying to get information from him, to pass on to her father? You won’t know unless you read the newest installment of the Pyramid Hunters! For ages 10 & up.
Where to start? The detachable 6-foot timeline can easily grace the wall of a bedroom, offering countless hours of facts. But it also shows the relationship between when events occurred, and how the earth looked when those things were happening and when those animals were living. Then, enjoy the lively news articles highlighting the history of natural science, including “American researchers in fossil face-off”. Keep a curious kid happy for hours!
It all started with a solar eclipse…. this James Bond-style thriller makes perfect use of the graphic novel format. The plot urges you forward while the gorgeous images draw you in to look at every detail. Time travel and great characters make this a new classic that kids will be collecting.
This story is set in New York City…but it’s a NYC unlike the one you & I know & love. Set in modern-day, it has inventions we have yet to see in the real world: cobblestones & windows that absorb light, only to be stored in batteries that power the city. Mechanical marvels that help keep the city clean: metal beetles tidy up the streets, snails scrub windows & dragonflies dry clothes, just to name a few. But this city also has a marvelous secret, created by the same people, a brother & sister duo, who long ago built all these wonders. And now, it’s up to another brother & sister duo to solve it. They must if they want to save their home…& quite possibly, the entire city itself. Filled with codes, cyphers & puzzles that challenge the mind, this book hooked & reeled me in, utterly & completely.