​The Candy Shop War

by Brandon Mull


A great read aloud about candies with magical properties and a group of kids who must decide if a candy shop owner is good or perhaps not someone to be trusted. A fun read. The first in a series.    

I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats

by Francesco Marciuliano


A great gift item for cat lovers!  Funny, truthful and enhanced with great cat pictures.  

Nora Ryan’s Song

by Patricia Reilly Giff


A fascinating chapter book about what it was like to live during the great potato famine in Ireland and how immigrants came to this county looking for a better life.  

​The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie


 A wonderfully funny coming of age story with amusing pictures and a narrative I did not want to end!  A fast read for young adults.  

​The Mitten

by Jan Brett


A beautifully illustrated picture book with side panels that hint which winter animals try to fit in a boy’s special mitten.  

I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats

by Francesco Marciuliano


A great gift item for cat lovers!  Funny, truthful and enhanced with great cat pictures.  

The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau


An exciting series about a civilization which might be doomed. Two characters must push themselves to uncover truths and find a way out. ​

Dragons Love Tacos

by Adam Rubin


A funny and cute picture book about the danger of using hot salsa with dragons who clearly love tacos.  Mayhem ensues and children will love the humorous illustrations.


A Little Princess

by Frances Hodgson Burnett


A magical story about a girl who lives a fairy tale life until a tragedy forces her to examine her life and she must use her imagination to pull her through.   

Son

by Lois Lowry


A beautifully written conclusion to The Giver series. Threads are tied together and the relationship between a mother and son is examined. 

Book reviews

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett


A classic story of friendship and redemption about a girl who discovers a magic garden and brings it back to life.   

Honus and Me

by Dan Gutman


 A baseball card adventure series where readers go back in time to relive what it was like to be an early baseball player.  Historical and fun for sports enthusiasts.  

​Boxcar Children (series)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner


A lovely story about orphans that find an abandoned boxcar and have plenty of independent adventures.  A great series for early chapter readers with over 140 titles.  

All About Sam

by Lois Lowry


A great series for energetic boys who sometimes get into a little bit of trouble. Funny with a realistic family and lots of adventures. 

​True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

by Avi


A suspenseful page turner with a pirate theme. A strong girl character must use her wits to survive with a surprising twist at the end.

Ruined

by Paula Morris


A suspenseful ghost story for young adults set in New Orleans. Moody and just the right amount of spookiness to captivate readers.

​Harold and the Purple Crayon

by Crockett Johnson


One of my favorites!  An imaginative tale about a boy who uses a purple crayon to invent all kinds of adventures.  

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