Fascinating graphics for tweens

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Booklists for you

Hi everyone, this week’s post will take the form of a booklist, with a slight twist. Since I started delving into the world of graphic novels for younger readers, I found a large number of titles in many different themes and topics. Click below to find out which titles I’ve read and found interesting…

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It ain’t so awful, falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Hi everyone, welcome to the first review post for this merry month of March. As far as covers go I hope you agree with me that this children’s book cover sits up there as a bit of a quirky one. The story itself is one that takes the reader by surprise. Are you ready for it?? Well, what are you waiting for, go ahead…

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Into the hurricane by Neil Connelly

Hi everyone, this week’s post, as the title suggests, tells the tale of how two teenagers survive a hurricane. This is a book that covers quite a number of dark themes and I would suggest parents and teachers read it first before allowing your teenager. Despite this tiny disclaimer, this is one of those stories that will keep you well awake into the early hours of the morning…

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A trio of libraries

Hi everyone, I hope last week’s post was able to start an honest conversation with your young adult or tween on their choices of reads. This week’s post celebrates libraries of all sizes and shapes, and the young readers who enjoy all that a library offers them. I hope some of my readers find a version of themselves in the pages of these books as I did!!

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Libraries, censorship, and tweens

Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed the series from last week!! This week I’ll be covering an important issue that I face on most days at work: book censorship. This is quite a complex and diverse topic, but I believe it’s one that our younger readers will continue to face. I have selected a short list of titles that I believe can illustrate this issue. Please, parents and teachers, have a read about this with your young adult and talk together about what you both think about this.

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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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