Category Archives: Children’s Book Reviews

Dear America—The Diary of Minnie Booner by Judy Blundell

The Dear America series continues with this latest title—The Diary of Minnie Bonner: A City Tossed and Broken.  14-year-old Minnie is forced to work as a lady’s maid and move to San Francisco, California.  Once there, the 1906 San Francisco … Continue reading

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Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power by Charise Mericle Harper

Replete with drawings, cartoons, and diagrams, this easy chapter book captures the spirit of spunky third grade girls. When Grace’s good friend Augustin Dupre is planning her wedding, Grace learns that she will not be the flower girl. Grace goes … Continue reading

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The Templeton Twins by Ellis Weiner

We are familiar with the unreliable narrator. This narrator is reliable but a pain to read. Like Lemony Snickett, his snide asides get equal time with the story in the book. He likes to wink, wink at his readers and … Continue reading

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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate J Fiction Harper 2012 Imagine living in a cage by yourself for more than thirty years. This was the fate of Ivan, a silver-back gorilla. His cage is in shopping mall where … Continue reading

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Every Day

In Every day by  David Levithan, the narrator A finds himself in a brand new body totally different from the person he inhabited just the day before.  As a small child he did not realize that this was in any … Continue reading

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Looking For Me … in this great big family — Betsy R. Rosenthal

Looking For Me … in this great big family by Betsy R. Rosenthal Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012 9780547610849 J Fiction ages 9 – 12 On the first day of school Edith’s sixth grade teacher, Miss Connelly, tells the class to … Continue reading

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My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer — Jennifer Genari

My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Genari Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012 9780547577395 J Fiction ages 9-12 How do you stand up for yourself? If you are twelve-year-old June you will have to deal with your mother ‘s decision to … Continue reading

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Dead is a Battlefield — Marlene Perez

Dead is a Battlefield by Marlene Perez Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012 9780547607344 Not only are there zombies, but there is also a new kind of zombie fighter, a Virago or woman warrior, who will take the field against perfume-addicted girls. … Continue reading

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Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen — Donna Gephart

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen Donna Gephart J Fiction Published March 13th 2012 by Random House Children’s Books Reviewer: Michelle Halpern (YRI) Olivia LOVES trivia, and she wants to be on Jeopardy some day. I am still waiting for my chance … Continue reading

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The Elephant Scientist, by Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson. Photographs by Caitlin O’Connell & Timothy Rodwell. (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)

What a shame that such an excellent book should have any flaws! The Elephant Scientist is outstanding in so many ways. Like the other books in the Scientists in the Field series, it tells a fascinating story and is beautifully … Continue reading

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