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The School for Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062838490
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 1st, 2022

How do you learn to be a good friend? For the wealthy, the answer to this question is to send young children to a school for whatnots, robots pretending to be human children. But when Max learns at the end of his 5th grade year that he will never see his best friend, Josie, again, he is distraught. The two soon discover that what they've been told for their entire lives is not the reality that they have been living. They want real answers, no more lies. Readers will learn a good lesson about treating others with kindness along with the struggles of finding and keeping good friends. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz


The Daily Bark: The Puppy Problem by Laura James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781547608805
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 18th, 2022

Complete with great illustrations, a heart-warming friendship, an aspiring writer, and a dash of mystery, this children's book is perfect for animal-lovers who like to lend a helping hand to friends new and old. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz


Alias Anna: A True Story of Outwitting the Nazis by Susan Hood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063083899
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Published: HarperCollins - March 22nd, 2022

Told in alternating voices of a Narrator, and “Anna” herself (or Zhanna Arshanskaya) we learn how Zhanna and her sister Frina, stayed hidden under the noses of the Nazis. As musical prodigies, they performed for the Nazi command, allies of the Nazis and eventually, for themselves. These two Jewish girls became the jewels of their captors. But no matter how much they feared being found out, betrayed by supposed friends, or their hatred of the Nazis, they always felt free when they played. This book shows the insurmountable odds two girls faced to follow their fathers order of, "Just live." ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Almost There and Almost Not by Linda Urban - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534478800
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

Vermont author Linda Urban delivers another marvelously witty and touching novel in which a pre-teen named California is dumped at her great aunt's house. Her mother has died and her father is incapable of raising her. In her new home she learns about family, belonging and how to write a proper letter. Also, there are ghosts. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062915894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

A midchild fiction that seems like a ghost story, but is so much more. A young girl is awakened one night by her father's ghost who was murdered for exercising his right to vote as a black man. They escape as men burn the house down, and after her father "moves on", Ophie continues to see ghosts. Ophie and her mother escape from the Jim Crow South to the North, which is still racist, in a different way. Ophie gets to know the ghosts in the home she and her mother work in, and decides to solve the murder of one of the ghosts that she makes friends with. There is an unexpected turn, and Ophie learns how dangerous some ghosts can be. ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl - Book Review

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By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780142413852
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 22nd, 2009

For anybody who has ever felt that hunting animals for sport is unfair to the animals and always wished they could do something about it. I liked seeing the hunters switch roles with the hunted and experience life from a different perspective. While it's meant to be an outlandish and hilarious story, The Magic Finger points out how people can change the way they think and act and develop empathy just by stepping into the shoes of another. Or, in this case, by growing wings. ~ Reviewed by Hannah Odasz


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