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The Keeping Room

This is a historical novel about the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. A father must leave his family and fight the British. He leaves his wife and children with his thirteen-year-old boy Joey in charge.
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The Walk On: A Triple Threat Book

          THE WALK ON: THE TRIPLE THREAT-BOOK 1 By John Feinstein Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2014 ISBN 978-0-385-753348-7 (ebook) Paperback: $7.99   This is the first of The Triple Threat Series about Alex Myers, a high school freshman who had to change schools because his parents are divorcing. Alex is a star athlete who has to prove himself at his Read More →

Milo Speck: Accidental Agent

MILO SPECK: Accidental Agent By Linda Urban Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, New York, 2015 ISBN: 978-0-544-41951-3 Price: Hardback $16.99 The story opens like this: “Milo had read about magic before. He knew that kids in stories sometimes found magic in secret drawers or hidden away in attics, and he had always hoped that if he were to find magic, it would appear in the form of Read More →

THE SIXTH MAN By John Feinstein

    THE SIXTH MAN By John Feinstein Alfred A Knopf, New York, 2015 The opening paragraph grabbed my attention: “The last thing Alex wanted to do the night after losing the state championship was go to the holiday dance. But he had asked Christine Whitford to go with him weeks ago, and it had taken him weeks before that to work up the nerve Read More →

HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL

    HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL By Donna Gephart Delacorte Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-385-73973-7   David Greenberg is out for the summer and dismayed by the changes that he is seeing in his best friend. His best friend Elliot has noticed girls and instead of the usual summer stuff that the two of them enjoy doing all he wants to do is hang out Read More →

THE NINJA LIBRARIANS: The Accidental Keyhand

THE NINJA LIBRARIANS: The Accidental Keyhand By Jen Swann Downey Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014. P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, IL 60567-4410 ISBN: PZ7.D75913NI2014 PRICE: $7.99 REVIEW: The opening line of the story grabbed me. It starts like this: “Twelve-year-old Dorothea Barnes was thoroughly un-chosen, not particularly deserving, bore no marks of destiny, lacked any sort of criminal genius, and could claim no supernatural relations. Furthermore, she’d never Read More →

FLORA & ULYSSES

FLORA & ULYSSES By Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press, 2013.  BLURB: She is a natural-born cynic! He is an unassuming squirrel! Together Flora & Ulysses will conquer villians, defend the defenseless, and protect the weak. Or Something. REVIEW: The opening description is wonderful and pulls the reader right into the voice of the character of Flora. “Flora Belle Buckman was in her room at her desk. Read More →

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