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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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Tru and Nelle by G. Neri

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 336 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 8-12 Bottom Line: Based on the childhood friendship of Harper Lee and Truman Capote, this middle-grade novel highlights the experiences that shaped an American classic. Tru (short for Truman) is a fussy little clothes-horse 

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Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo.  Candlewick, 2016, 263 pages Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 8-12 Bottom Line: Three 10-year-old girls cope with life’s ups and downs by learning to rely on each other, in a story with “magical” elements. Raymie Clarke, age 10, has one goal: by winning the Little Miss 

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Bible Review: NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith Hope and Love

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope and Love.  Zondervan, 2015, 1728 pages.  (available in hard- and soft-cover editions) Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 11-16 Bottom Line: The NIV Bible for Teen Girls is physically attractive and encouraging, but the added features are not as deep and thought-provoking as other 

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