Return of the Thief

Return of the Thief

Terrific denouement (#6 in the series) to the Queen’s Thief series! Megan Whalen Turner is one of the strongest writers in Youth fiction today and this one is a masterpiece, ending the series with power and joy. Pheris is an disabled child used as a pawn in the politics of Attolia, but the High King, […]


Brother’s Keeper

Brother’s Keeper

Intense, compelling story of a North Korean girl feeing to South Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Sora and her brother are separated from their parents early in their journey. Can she lead them to Busan while they face bombings, hunger,  cold, theives ,kidnappers, and a river of fellow refugees. Sora is looking for […]


Music for Tigers

Music for Tigers

Louisa, a passionate middle school violinist, is sent to the Tasmanian forest (from Canada) to live with her uncle, a naturalist. Despite the disruption to her practice schedule, she discovers the joy learning about new species and even makes a new friend. Species extinction and deforestation are the backdrop to Louisa’s participation in a family […]


Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl who Soared Beyond Expectations

Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl who Soared Beyond Expectations

Aisholpan Nurgaiv’s triumph as the first female winner of the  Mongolian eagle hunting  competition in 2014 is shared with the world in an award winning movie called Eagle Huntress in 2016. Now she gets to tell her own story in her own words in this book! Aisholpan speaks in a simple yet powerful way. She […]



Peggy’s Letters

Peggy’s Letters

Fans of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War That Saved My Life, know that people in London, England commonly lost their homes to bombings during World War II. But if someone did lose their home this way, what was life after that like? In the first few pages of Peggy’s Letters, while in line at the […]


Name That Text Type!: What Is Poetry?

Name That Text Type!: What Is Poetry?

Hello, April! National Poetry Month has arrived! Time to brush up on or learn for the first time what poetry is, what poems can be about (hint: anything you want!), where we can find them, and what the guidelines are for writing different types of poems (like concrete, limerick, haiku, acrostic and more)! Learn what […]


Here Comes Lolo

Here Comes Lolo

Here Comes Lolo introduces us to primary-aged Lolo, a sweet, smart, artistic South-African girl who lives with her Gogo (grandma) and mother in the back of Gogo’s dressmaking shop. With writing grounded in the young girl’s identifiable daily experiences, and a gently paced and charmingly illustrated collection of four stories, you will instantly feel a […]


They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

This award winning novel in verse, paints vivid, authentic pictures of life in the borderlands from the perspective of 7th grader, comics-loving, video game-playing, poem-writing, Güero. Bowles’ novel fluctuates between masterfully written free verse observations of Güero’s family’s life, friends’ antics, classroom and hallway lessons and Güero’s end rhyme poems, ballads, sonnets and haikus. Fans of poet […]