Category Archives: Tween

Quick Pick Picture Book- The Latke Who Wouldn’t Stop Screaming

You would scream too, wouldn’t you, if you were dropped in sizzling oil to be fried?  If everywhere you went others refused to understand you?  If you felt as if you didn’t have a proper home?  If someone was prepared … Continue reading

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Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising is the story of a girl who loses everything, her father, her home, her life of luxury and her dreams of the future.  When tragedy strikes, Esperanza and her mother find that their only hope is to leave … Continue reading

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First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigration (Part 2)

First Crossing is a collection of stories.  Because I found it best to review each story separately, this is the second day of coverage for this title.  The first 5 stories can be found here. Whether you’re reading it straight … Continue reading

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First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants (Part 1)

First Crossing is an anthology of short stories about immigration, which includes works by some fabulous authors.  I’m going to do the content ratings separately by story since many teachers pull individual pieces for class.  I’ll be covering the volume … Continue reading

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Blue Jasmine

Seema has mixed feelings about leaving her home in India to move to America. While she’s excited for something new, she’s leaving behind her extended family. The move ends up making Seema really think about what she considers necessary for … Continue reading

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Bewitching Season

It’s actually almost a bit embarrassing how much I liked this book. The fact is, I’m a sucker for romantic historical fiction, particularly anything taking place in England in the 1800s. Bewitching Season takes place as Victoria is about to … Continue reading

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October Giveaway – The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams

Today I have a giveaway for you – The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams. Abbie is a fifth grader who also happens to be a witch.  In fact, her whole family has magical powers.  And Abbie’s certainly got her hands … Continue reading

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House of Many Ways

I have to say, I love this nearly as much as Howl’s Moving Castle. Charmain has been brought up to be very respectable but not at all useful.  When she goes to watch over her Great-Uncle William’s house her only … Continue reading

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Castle in the Air

This book is billed as the second book in the Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy, but if your kids (or you) are anything like me, they’ll spend the whole book waiting for Howl to show up and not really enjoy or … Continue reading

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Howl’s Moving Castle

We’ve been a little witch heavy this month to be sure, but here is your remedy.  One powerful, vain, girl-crazy wizard plus his incredible moving castle. I seriously love this book.  I love Calcifer the fire demon, I love poor … Continue reading

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