Book reviews

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.   

​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.

​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.  

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.   

​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.  

​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.  

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. 

​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.    

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.

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. 

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