Arcady’s Goal by Eugene Yelchin. Henry Holt, 2014. 234 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Maturity Level: 3 (ages 8-10) and up Bottom Line: Arcady’s Goal exposes the fear and bleakness of Stalinist Russia through the eyes of a 10-year-old soccer prodigy. Arcady is routinely called a “criminal” by his keepers though he has […]
Avalon by Mindee Arnett, Balzer + Bray, 2014. 415 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, (ages 12-14) and up Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) and up Readers meet Jethro Seagrave and his band of Malleus Shades in the middle of stealing a spaceship. Jeth and his friends live in a futuristic world of planets and spaceports, most […]
Wazdot? by Michael Slack. Disney-Hyperion, 2014. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 0-4 Maturity Level: 1 (ages 0-4) Wazdot? is a simple, visually humorous farm-themed book with an outer space twist. A little alien named Blip visits a farm on a class field trip and explores every nook and cranny. After the reader guesses what […]
This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. HMH, 2014 (originally published 1939). 56 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, 4-8) Beloved Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam […]
This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away by Virgina Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1964. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) With striking charcoal illustrations so appropriate […]
The Scavengers by Michael Perry. Harper, 2014, 322 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (ages10-12) and up One-line Summary: The Scavengers is middle-grade dystopian fiction with a warm heart and laughs scattered among the thrills. Maggie, at 13, is a self-described dirty-fingernailed, roughneck girl who has recently taken up residence in […]
*Dragon Quest by Allan Baillie, illustrated by Wayne Harris. Candlewick, 2013. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8) One-line Summary: A courageous boy and an elderly knight seek the last dragon in this exciting picture book with a surprise ending. “Hey, you!…Up, up, up, we have deeds to do!” […]
Pathfinder by Angie Sage. Katherine Tegen Books, 2014. 460 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (age 10 and up) Pathfinder brings middle-grade fantasy lovers back to the world of Septimus Heap. But instead of the lively Heap family, readers are introduced to Alice TodHunter Moon. Tod, as she prefers to be […]
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer. Scholastic, 2014. 278 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 15-18 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) One-line Summary: Threatened, one of this year’s most honored YA novels, promotes a “natural man,” anti-civilization worldview. As a boy, Luc felt threatened by the “mock men,” the chimpanzees who never ventured near his village but filled […]
This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Tales from Deckawoo Drive #1) by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick, 2014. 96 pages. Reading Level: Chapter Books (ages 4-10) Maturity Level: 2, 3 (ages 4-10) DiCamillo consistently creates […]
If You’re Reading This, by Trent Reedy. Scholastic, 2014. 296 pages. Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) One-line Summary: If You’re Reading This is a moving YA novel about a father establishing a relationship with his son after the father’s death in Afghanistan. For Michael Wilson, life is an endless […]
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