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Bible Review: NIV Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible

NIV Big Dreams, Big Prayers Bible.  Zonderkidz, 2016, 1344 pages.  (Soft- and hardcover editions available) Reading Level: Middle grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: Middle grades, ages 8-12 Bottom Line: The prayer-focused goal of this Bible is laudable, but the execution leaves something to be desired. As advertised, the focus of this Bible is all about 

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Newberry Buzz: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Today wraps up our discussion of middle-grade novels being touted as possible contenders for the 2016 Newbery Award.  The awards will be announced early this year: January 11.  So on Saturday Betsy and Janie will post their highly-anticipated predictions.  Check back next week to see how we did! Betsy: Gary D. Schmidt is yet another 

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Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve. Random House, Reading Level: Middle Grades, Ages 8-10 Recommended For: Ages 8-10 Bottom Line: A rollicking chapter book adventure with missing parents, mysterious islands, and one determined boy. When Oliver’s parents disappear while exploring a mysterious island, 10-year-old Oliver Crisp doesn’t panic.  He is made of sterner stuff.  After all, 

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