The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Hi there, this last post for the month is a mystery read that had me captivated at every page. It was also one of the few books I had managed to take out from my library before New Zealand went into lockdown in March so I ended up reading it at least three times!! See what you think…

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Celebrating African American tweens this October

This month I’ve decided to showcase a unique collection of tween novels that celebrate young African American protagonists and their lives! You will find a selection of contemporary stories that sparked my curiosity and wonder this month. To find out more press the button…

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Fish in a tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Hi everyone, this next read moved me in many ways. It tells the story of one young girl’s journey through the depths of middle school as she struggles with her dyslexia and finds a way to accept herself as others see her. I hope this read touches you the way it did me…

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Six extra stories on kindness

banner shaoed image. middle large image of five children in silhouette holding hands with orange sun behind them. top three images parts of book covers. top left part of roof and Because of You in white. top middle kids walking with dog in woods. top right blue sky and mockingbird in black. bottom left part of image of girl with arms outstretched. bottom middle white writing Stella by Starlight dark blue starry sky. bottom right bowl with orange goldfish and The Fourteenth Goldfish cramped under it.

Hi everyone, this extra post includes six titles that I really enjoyed reading. A few have even awards for their story and writing. For me, the young protagonists here embody all that falls under the umbrella of kindness and compassion. Without sounding too preachy…I would encourage you and your tween to check out the post below and start talking about what kindness means to you…

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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Hi everyone, this week’s post is actually a Newbery Honor medalist!! When I first read it, and promptly completed reading, I thought it would win something and I was right!! Set in the shadows of both World Wars in Pennsylvania, this read takes the reader on an emotional journey and well…why don’t you just read the rest to find out…

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The power of harmony by Jan L. Coates

Hi everyone, welcome to my first post for this new month. In this read I’ll be asking you to delve into the not-so-distant past and travel to a region of this world that I would like to travel to someday: Canada. I had read this title a few years ago but the message it gave out still remains in my heart. Check out the post below if this interests you…

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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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