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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Atheneum, 2015. 320 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 15-18 Recommended For: mature teens, ages 15-18 Bottom Line: Rashad (a black guy) and Quinn (a white guy) take turns narrating this timely and moving young adult realistic fiction story about police brutality and standing up for what’s 

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Home Library Organization: Analyzing The Situation

Home Library Organization is a mini-series based on a presentation I originally gave to a homeschool group when I was a professional librarian years ago. These are updated thoughts based on my current experience as a home librarian surrounded by little boys and lots of books! I’d love to hear your thoughts as we walk through 

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Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick.  Random House, 2016, 193 pages Reading Level: Middle Grade, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 6-12, especially boys Bottom Line: The exuberant boy-robot Hilo is back from “the void,” pursuing his mission to destroy his arch-enemy Razorwark and discover his own origin and purpose. In 

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The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick.  Simon & Shuster, 2007, 236 pp. Reading Level: Middle Grade, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 11-13 (especially girls) Bottom Line: In this series opener, four sixth-grade girls discover that reading the classics can change contemporary attitudes. Sixth grade is not starting well for Emma Hawthorne, who’s wearing hand-me-downs 

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The Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Mother-Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick.  Simon & Shuster, 2016, 321 pages Reading Level: Middle Grade, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 11-16 (especially girls) Bottom Line:  The Mother-Daughter Book Club series wraps up with all five members of the club serving as camp counselors together before launching their adult lives. Emma, Jess, et al., 

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