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Mar

Review: The Center of Everything

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Harcourt Children’s Books (March 5, 2013) Recommended reading age: 9 & up In a nutshell: Ruby Pepperdine misses her grandmother. It seems as though since Gigi passed away that everyone is acting like nothing has happened. To Ruby, […]

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Mar

Tournament of Kids’ Books 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Tournament time. March Madness season is upon us, and in a college basketball town that means one thing… Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks, goes gaga for brackets and basketball. In the children’s room of the Lawrence Public Library, it also means it’s time […]

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Feb

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indibound Published: Candlewick (February 26, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 7 & up In a nutshell: Meet Timmy Failure: This is Timmy Failure. Timmy Failure is the founder and CEO of a detective agency with his 1500lb polar bear sidekick, […]

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Feb

Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, imprint of Random House Children’s Books (January 8, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 10 & up In a nutshell: I’m fairly certain Jerry Spinelli is a hypnotist. Or a magician. One or the other or both. […]

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Feb

Navigating Early

Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool Find it at: Your library | Amazon | IndieBound Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, and imprint of Random House Children’s Books (January 8, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 10 & up In a Nutshell: A tale of friendship and the unforgettable journey of two boys in their quest for truth, […]

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Feb

Chickadee

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich Find it at: Your library | Amazon | IndieBound Published: HarperCollins (August 21, 2012) Recommend Reading Age: 8 & up In a nutshell: I have not yet had the privilege to read all the books of Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House Series, but I did have the pleasure of reading the series’ […]

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Jan

Splendors and Glooms

  Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Candlewick (August 28, 2012) Recommended reading age: 9 & up In a nutshell: Magic? Check. Intrigue? Check. Disturbing? Double check. One gloomy day in Victorian London, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, two orphans under the care of master […]

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Jan

I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr, illustrated by Kadir Nelson Find it at: Your library | Amazon| Indiebound Published: Schwartz & Wade an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; Har/Com edition (October 9, 2012) Recommended Reading Age: All ages In a nutshell: Today is a day we honor and remember one of […]

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Jan

You Are Stardust

  You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsy, artwork by Soyeon Kim Find it at: Your Library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Owlkids Books (September 11, 2012) Recommended Reading Age: 4 & up In a nutshell: You Are Stardust explores the cosmological concept that essentially everything in the universe came from stardust, a concept simplified through […]

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Jan

The False Prince

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen Find it at: Your library! | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic (April 1, 2012) Recommended Reading Age: 11 & up In a nutshell: It was about a month ago when I came home with a bag of books after work, sharing my loot […]