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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Book Bits (Friday, May 6, 2016)

Read on for interesting book-related news from around the web…. Adult Coloring Books?   Adult coloring books are all the rage, but some Christians have concerns over coloring mandalas (Eastern religious symbols); not to fear! There are also Christian coloring books with texts and symbols drawn from Scripture, hymns, and Christian tradition. Tolkien fans, this is 

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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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