Heaven looks a lot like the mall by Wendy Mass

Hi everyone, this week’s post has a title that’s better suited for the teenager in your life. I had read this book some time ago when all I wanted to do was read everything by Wendy Mass! And truly, she really is a master storyteller!! Have a sit down, call that teenager of yours, and delve into this post together…

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The Saturday Boy by David Fleming

Hello there friends!! I hope April is treating you well and everyone had a good Easter weekend!! We down here in New Zealand have had some rain fall in the past few weeks!! Autumn is here in full force now and winter should be upon us soon!! My next review has nothing to do with the weather, but if you continue on you will find a lovely story of a young boy growing up with a parent working in the armed forces…

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Special post on Refugees and Displacement

Hi all, I hope you are all having a good month so far. Down here in New Zealand summer is just slowing down and autumn is around the corner. I hope the selection of titles this month have provided a glimpse into a culture that is different to yours. Everyday in my line of work I see new faces and hear languages I haven’t heard before spoken by both adults and children. It makes my heart sing to embrace them all into the community I serve. This special post is my way of honouring those families I help, sometimes on a daily basis.

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Six school stories celebrating diversity

Hello everyone, the selection of reads this week takes place mostly within the background of the classroom and gives readers a different perspective from the lives of diverse kids. I selected only six titles for this post as I don’t believe in overwhelming you with too many reads. I hope you manage to find these and enjoy them as much as I did. 

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A faraway island series by Annika Thor

Hello all, this week my review is about a group of stories featuring a pair of sisters from Austria who find safety in the wild coast of Sweden during the Second World War. I hadn’t realised that the child evacuation program they had in those years had extended to different countries until I read this book. Stories of siblings along based on historical events always tug at my heartstrings so I hope you enjoy my review below!

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Awkward series by Svetlana Chmakova

Hello everyone, this week’s review is about another series of books I found. They have something special about them: they are all graphic novels. Set in a typical American middle school, we’re treated to a unique look into the daily lives of a group of tweens. If this has captured your attention because your ‘tween’ will read only graphics, then have a read of this delightful series!

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Posted by John David Anderson

Hi all, this second week’s post features a different middle school and another group of friends. These youngsters, however, are facing difficulties in communication, keeping alliances and more drama than you can imagine. If you like school stories where our heroes have to face a multitude of challenges to find themselves and fit in amongst all the others, then this is definitely for you!! 

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Four more autism tales for you

Hi everyone, hope you enjoyed Scarlet Ibis as much as I did. Ever since reading it I have been avidly looking for other reads about autistic kids. I have had the experience of meeting a few in my time but didn’t get a proper chance to get to know them. These reads feature a main character who has autism and details their adventures!! Hope you enjoy reading these books!!

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Some extra titles to enjoy

Hi everyone, I hope you found The Best Man as fascinating as I did. For this extra post I’ve included a few similar stories I had read and collected into my notebooks. These all feature young tweens who identify as either gay or transgender, not just a familiar adult or teacher. As my reading these days expand into different genres I can’t help but notice that there is a rise in LGBTIQ representation within tween and teen fiction. I know some people might find it difficult, but to me these stories are exceptionally well written. So, why not have a go and see what you can learn with these first few titles. 

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