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REVIEW: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

REVIEW: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Book One of The Series of Unfortunate Events) Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats?…
REVIEW: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

REVIEW: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Smile Book 2) Published 2014 Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship…
REVIEW: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

REVIEW: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Published 2014 Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to…
REVIEW: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

REVIEW: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Published March 18, 2014 “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on…
REVIEW: Inside Out and Back Again

REVIEW: Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhaa Lai Published: 2011 Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author’s childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to…