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Children’s early and middle readers

Children’s early and middle readers
Susan Cornfield

Wrath of the Caid

Wrath of the Caid – Book Two of the Red Hand Adventures The Wrath of the Caid starts where Rebels of the Kasbah leaves off.

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Children’s early and middle readers
Susan Cornfield

Rebels of the Kasbah

Rebels of the Kasbah – Book One of the Red Hand Adventures The Rebels of the Kasbah is a tale about the basic human needs

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Great Ghost Stories

Nipping at the heels of the word “summer” are the words “summer camp,” and not long after comes the word “campfire,” and it’s a no-brainer

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Steinbeck’s Ghost

If ever there was a family read, Steinbeck’s Ghost is it, a reminder to parents that a great number of books marketed to young readers

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Children’s early and middle readers
Joanne Mallari

When Did You See Her Last?

When Did You See Her Last? All the Wrong Questions To stop publishing Lemony Snicket—now that would be an unfortunate event. Fortunately, Little, Brown and

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The Boxcar Children Beginning
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

The Boxcar Children Beginning

The Boxcar Children, No more parents – guilt-free! Do you remember Gertrude Chandler Warner‘s book The Boxcar Children? Remembering it because you bought it for

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

The Popularity Papers 1

 Here’s a new kind of review.  We feel Amy Ignatow’s The Popularity Papers deserves something special.

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The Paper Bag Princess
Children’s early and middle readers
Aubrey Siino

The Paper Bag Princess

The Paperbag Princess, A twist to the knight and princess tale. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko is

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

The Apothecary

Award winning novelist Maile Meloy, in her first novel for young readers (10 and up), has written something amazing. The Apothecary is the story of

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Bull Rider

Hands down, Bull Rider is the best all around family read that I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing this year. Suzanne Morgan Williams has written

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Noah Barleywater Runs Away
Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

In today’s parlance, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, John Boyne’s return to children’s literature, is a Pinocchio knockoff with a delightful, yet serious, 21st century tone.

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

God Bless the Gargoyles

God Bless the Gargoyles is a most unexpected treasure. At first glance, just from its cover, the average grandparent, looking for that perfect children’s book

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Children’s early and middle readers
Sunny Solomon

The Amazing Adventures of Sam the Bat

It’s not often that an early-to-middle-reader book can charm and educate in one fell swoop, but that is exactly what Allyson Beatrice has accomplished in

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The Magician's Elephant
Animal stories
Sunny Solomon

The Magician’s Elephant

The Magician’s Elephant, another DiCamillo gem. Oh, what a pleasure to recommend a new Kate DiCamillo book. Don’t be fooled by it’s being targeted to

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