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November 15, 2016
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*Ugly: a Memoir by Robert Hoge

In this true story, a boy born with a hideous face learns to not only accept himself, but help others see him for what he is. […]
November 11, 2016
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*Ember Falls by S. D. Smith

The Green Ember saga continues with desperate battles, unexpected heroism, and enough dangling plot threads to make readers eager for the next volume. *Ember Falls (#2 […]
October 12, 2016
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*Lily: The Girl Who Could See by Sally Oxley and Tim Ladwig.

A beautifully illustrated picture book biography about a brave woman artist-turned-missionary to the Arab world. *Lily: The Girl Who Could See by Sally Oxley and Tim […]
June 22, 2016
Magic mirror

The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long

A few language cautions aside, this medieval fantasy tale illustrates some profound truths about finding oneself in the journey.   The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely […]
June 15, 2016
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The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton

This lively tale combines a fairy-tale plot and likeable characters—even a likeable dragon—with philosophical musings.   The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with […]
March 14, 2016
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3 Irresistible Picture Books for Boys

Pop quiz: What’s the funniest word in the English language? What competition is the fiercest? Do machines that are massive and gloriously noisy EVER have to […]
February 17, 2016

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Though probably the most honored children’s writer of her generation, Katherine Paterson hasn’t seen many of her books translated to film.  This weekend will be only […]
January 27, 2016

*Retro Reads: North to Freedom by Anne Holm

North to Freedom (I Am David) by Anne Holm.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1963 (first edition), 256 pages. Reading Level: 10-12 Appropriate for: ages 12-up Bottom Line:  […]