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Buying for Kids Who Don’t Read

Shopping in the bookstore for a child who doesn’t enjoy reading can be very stressful for parents, especially book-loving parents. You might think it’s impossible for parents who love books to raise reluctant readers, but trust me, it’s possible. The following are my guidelines for helping parents select books for a child who “doesn’t read.”

Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399169618
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 24th, 2017

What does lying to protect your twin sister earn you? A summer at a camp for "troubled" kids! The last thing Olivia expects to find at Camp Chrysalis is friendship mystery and adventure. A creepy historic home filled with mysterious noises and secret places provide all the elements for an exciting summer. ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz

Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman - Book Review

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By Ame Dyckman, Zachariah Ohora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316343480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

Filled with fun and pleasant illustrations, this is a goofy book that clears up the big misconception that surrounds the infamous animals, lemmings, and their supposed love for jumping off cliffs. The three lemmings, Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto are a silly trio who will make you laugh out loud as they explore the limits of what a lemming is supposed to do. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly - Book Review

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By Ginger Ly, Molly Park (Illustrator), Keo Lee
ISBN: 9781419725647
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Published: Amulet Books - September 19th, 2017

Twelve-year-old Suee wears black, parts her hair differently, does not have friends in her new school and she likes it that way. Or does she? When she hears a strange voice in the dark, her life takes a twist she never expected. And her shadow takes on a life of its own! This new graphic novel mixes the issues of school, friendship, family and trying to fit in when all you do is stick out for one reason or another. Ages 10 up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems about School by Kay Winters - Book Review

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By Kay Winters, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399538988
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Published: Dial Books - February 13th, 2018

Did you hear what I heard? There is a new poetry book! Kay Winters and Patrice Barton have created a book of poems that will take you through the school day and year. From getting on the bus (what will mother do without us all day?) to how much one child loves her numbers (she really does), to an earthworm telling a tale (or two), right up to the hundredth day and beyond to the end of the year each poem includes facts, fun and the fantastic of school. Colorfully detailed illustrations accent accessible text for all ages. There is something for everyone! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Thornhill by Pam Smy - Book Review

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By Pam Smy, Pam Smy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726543
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 29th, 2017

Alternating stories, told through diary entries and illustration, a spine-chilling new book in the spirit of groundbreaking epic The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
1982: Orphan Mary, bullied beyond reason at Thornhill, a Victorian mansion where girls wait for foster family's to take them in.
2016: Ella, lonely in her new house, her window looking out on an abandoned Victorian mansion, wishing for a friend, sees a girl in the garden next door.... Keep your nightlight on for this one!! Great for ages 10-14! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore


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