The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Hello everyone, welcome to this first post in this wintry month of July. Since this month is a mixed group of reviews, I thought I’d start off with a contemporary adventure type story. If you’re after something that tackles a range of themes and issues then you might enjoy this as much as I did…

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Ten realistic reads for today’s tweens

Hi everyone, this week’s post will discuss my next favourite genre, Realistic or Contemporary Fiction. These stories will also take you on a journey of a different nature; one into the lives of tweens today. Be prepared with either tissues or a handkerchief when you read these…

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Be light like a bird by Monika Schroder

Hi everyone, this week’s post takes us to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where we meet a young girl and her mother. To be honest, even though the loss of her father is strong here, this story has a bit of everything your typical middle-grader might go through. Have a read, see if you and tween like it…

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Getting near to baby by Audrey Couloumbis

Hi everyone, this first week’s review post is a poignant and engaging read. I won’t be telling you much about this, except that this particular title has earned the author the Newbery Honor Medal and a few others!! So if you are someone who seeks powerful stories in their award-winners, then this is the one for you!!

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This June we talk about grief and loss

Hi everyone, winter is here in New Zealand, and my little patch of Auckland is feeling the cold  quite well. This month I will be featuring titles that talk about loss and grief, because it’s part of life. I hope the titles I’ve selected can help any parents and teachers approach the subject with their younger readers.

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Words in deep blue by Cath Crowley

Hi everybody, this week’s review post is a teen book. I selected this book and it’s cover for a number of reasons. Mostly because the font used evoked emotions within me that made me think this would be a modern classic… I guess I’ll need you to decide if I’m right or wrong…

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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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