If only by Adele Broadbent

Hi everyone, this week’s post is a read intended for teenagers; specifically those from New Zealand. However, if you have a tween or teen reader who’s interested in conservation and the welfare of marine animals, then this is a perfect read for them. Why not see if it’s a contender for their TBR lists…

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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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Adventure reads for bibliophiles

Hi everyone, this first post features an adventure series like no other!! If you have a young bibliophile at home who does nothing but read all day, get them to check out this series!! Filled with puzzles, mystery, adventure, libraries, literature,…oops…too much already!! Just give it whirl, see if they like it!!

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New kid by Jerry Craft

Hello everyone, I hope this new month is treating everyone well. Down here in New Zealand, the clocks have changed and our days are slightly longer. Summer is around the corner!! This next read is an inspirational graphic novel about a young African American boy and his adventures in a new school. If you remember your first day in a new one, then you, like me will surely relate with him. Have a read and find out…

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The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

Hi everyone, this lovely read caught my eye a few years ago and after reading it gave me a yearning to look into my own family history. Sadly, it will take me a little longer to find my own genealogy, but thanks to this book it got me interested in the subject. Hope it gives you the same spark of curiosity as it did me!! Have a read of a truly lovely story…

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The Hijab Boutique by Michelle Khan

Hi everyone, this last post for this month is a cute little book that I found which spoke straight to my heart. Vibrant and mesmerising, this read will take you straight into the life of a unique young girl that captures your heartstrings!! 

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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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