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The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince
What led to the Beast’s curse? Using the classic Disney movie as her starting point, Valentino gives us her interpretation of what led to his unhappy...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
The Luck Uglies (The Luck Uglies #1)
Enter into the village of Drowning, where Bog Nobles once lived. Or do they still? Eleven-year-old Rye lives there with her two good friends, her moth...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
Megan's Year: An Irish Traveler's Story
Megan’s family belongs to the Irish Travelers, descended from the tinkers of long ago. She spends summers traveling with them from town to town, enjoy...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)
Moose is very proud his father is now the Assistant Warden but quickly learns that with that title comes some danger from cons and guards alike. When...more
Jul 30, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Sword Mountain (Swordbird, #2)
Fan continues her third book in the “Swordbird” series with the return of Prince Fleydeur to Sword Mountain, bringing with him his music and the young...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
Better to Wish (Family Tree, #1)
3.5/5*--Martin has crafted a quiet story of vignettes woven together to introduce us to 8-yr-old Abby, who lives with her parents and sister in a smal...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
Barbara O'Connor knows how to tell a story about ordinary folks. Not much is happening in Popeye's NC town and it looks like a long boring summer stre...more
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
Words with Wings
Words and imagination can take you anywhere, as is the case with daydreamer Gabby. Her daydreams help her escape her unhappy present, but they also ca...more
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
The Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived, #6)
Today’s 8- to 10-year olds weren’t alive the day the Towers came down, but are naturally curious about it. Tarshis helps them understand the events of...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
Brush of the Gods
Brush of the Gods
Lenore Look
Illustrations by Meilo So
Look and So have created an imagined biography of legendary Chinese painter Wu Daozi (689-759)....more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
Thumpy Feet
Meet an adorable new feline, an energetic orange cat with big green eyes and a wonderfully expressive face. His day is spent eating, bathing, playing,...more
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!
“Ladybug loves to hide” and youngsters will delight in trying to find her amidst rooms filled with shelves, toys, pictures taped to walls, and blocks—...more
Aug 21, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
WANTED! A Guinea Pig Called Henry
A sweet story aimed at those just transitioning to chapter books. Sam wants a pet for her approaching birthday and searches for one that is just right...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Three Times Lucky
Murder, mystery, abandonment, abuse, and kidnapping are a lot to pack into any book, let alone one for young people. But Turnage manages not only to d...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
Lion vs. Rabbit
It’s brains against brawn in this tale of bullying. Lion bullies the animals of the savanna, who politely ask him to cease and desist. They are too ti...more
Jul 09, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Kindred Souls
10-year-old Jake and his 88-year-old grandfather "Billy" are kindred souls, living together on the farm where Billy has spent his entire life. They pa...more
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Alice is excited to be returning for her family's annual week on the beach in Florida; she anticipates seeing her adopted extended family there since,...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
The Case of the Deadly Desperados (The P.K Pinkerton Mysteries, #1)
Twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton is on the run after discovering his foster parents murdered and scalped in their cabin. He quickly realizes the dastard...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Come Back, Ben
Ben’s bright red balloon lifts him into the air as his sister waves and says, “Bye, Ben.” Smiling and looking up, he floats past the window, the bees,...more
Jul 17, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
The Mighty Miss Malone
My expectations, of course, were high; this is Christopher Paul Curtis writing, after all. The book just didn't totally work. There is lots of good wr...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
Following Grandfather
Wells has written a sweet story about the bond between a young mouse, Jenny, and her grandfather. Grandfather "immigrated" from Italy on a ship and ra...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Up, Tall, and High!
Three very brief stories illustrate the meaning of the words up, down, tall, small, and high—and power plays gone awry. Brightly colored, simply drawn...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
Baseball, historical fiction, and recovery from polio combine to make a quick and interesting read. Characters are well developed; I particularly like...more
Oct 03, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
Martha Speaks: White House Dog (Chapter Book)
When the new president announces he's looking for a dog for his family, Martha has many she can recommend and places numerous calls to the White House...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
The Hop
Young, fearful toad Tad awakens from his winter sleep with a bump on his forehead and frightening dreams on his mind—dreams of his dear woodland and p...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan
The Green children—Derrick, Samantha, and Michael—absolutely adore their Nanny Piggins, a glamorous flying pig who ran away from the circus and came t...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Kaspar: Prince of Cats
Young teen Johnny Trott is an orphaned bellboy at the posh Savoy Hotel in London in 1912. When opera star Countess Kandinsky arrives for a three-month...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
The Year of Billy Miller
Henkes has crafted another gentle, fun, story which celebrates the ordinary being wonderful. As Billy starts second grade, he is worrying about the ef...more
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Oct 14, 2013
Down the Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Illinois, 1871: The Diary of Pringle Rose (Dear America)
Bartoletti tries to tell the story of two unrelated historical events: the miners’ strikes and the Chicago Fires. The book would have been stronger if...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
Yes, Let's
Fun family day in the woods, from sun-up to sun-down. Rhyming text takes the reader through waking up, packing gear, riding there, hiking, playing, sw...more
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
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