terror

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key.  Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2015, 224 pages. Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 12-15, especially boys Bottom Line: In a fast, thrilling read, a 13-year-old boy must display courage, ingenuity, and persistence in extremely dangerous circumstances. Life on the Alabama coast isn’t so bad, especially 

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soar

Soar by Joan Bauer

Soar by Joan Bauer.  Viking, 2015, 237 pages Reading level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-14 Bottom Line: In this cozy sports story, Jeremiah has learned through difficulty, but may not be able to pass the lessons on to his teammates. Jeremiah Lopper has an unusual origin story: At the age of nine 

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sunny

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm.  Scholastic Graphix, 2015, 216 pages Reading Level: 8-10 Recommended for: 8-12 Bottom Line: In this graphic novel with a bittersweet twist, Sunny’s disappointing “vacation” in her grandfather’s retirement community conceals some family secrets. Sunny, age 10, was anticipating a classic beach vacation with her best 

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life in pictures

My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke

My Life in Pictures (Bea Garcia #1) by Deborah Zemke.  Dial, 2016, 134 pages Reading Level: Chapter Books, ages 4-8 Recommended for: ages 6-10 Bottom Line: Bea Garcia learns to deal with disappointment and make the most of her artistic gifts in this first cartoon-illustrated installment of a series. It’s bad enough when your best 

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sweet home

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg.  Penguin, February 2016, 296 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-14 Bottom Line: An 11-year-old discovers the pioneering spirit in the last frontier, in this entertaining historical adventure that echoes Laura Ingalls Wilder. Terpsichore Johnson’s family is down to their last pumpkin.  Mr. Johnson 

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