The Talent Show by Samantha Thornhill, illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
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by susanh579
2d ago
The Talent Show (Confetti Kids #11) by Samantha Thornhill, illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez. Lee & Low, 2023. 9781643794938  Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5 Format: Hardcover early reader Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book? This beginner reader is broken into three short chapters. A notice goes up for the school talent show and the kids start talking about what talent they want to show off. Because Henry plays the drums, they assume he will do that. But Henry wants to do something different. With encouragement from home to be himself and ..read more
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Rica Baptista: A Week of Shenanigans by Janet Costa Bates, illustrated by Gladys Jose
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by susanh579
4d ago
Rica Baptista: A Week of Shenanigans by Janet Costa Bates, illustrated by Gladys Jose. Candlewick Press, 2024. 9781536227666 Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: Hardcover Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book?  Rica Baptista is really excited for her annual “Adventure Week” with her Grampy.  Every summer, Grampy spends a week visiting Rica and her parents, and he always plans fun things to do with her and her best friend Laini.  But this year, Grampy arrives on crutches, with a sprained ankle and doctor’s orders to stay off hi ..read more
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Summer Vamp by Violet Chan Karim
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by susanh579
1w ago
Summer Vamp by Violet Chan Karim. RH Graphic, 2024. 9780593425237 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3 Format: Hardcover graphic novel Genre: Realistic fiction/supernatural What did you like about the book? This is a very accessible graphic novel for lower and middle grade readers. The main character, Maya, enjoys cooking and is thrilled when her father’s girlfriend surprises her with a summer at Camp Umami. Maya gets on the wrong bus and ends up in Camp Dracula among a group of vampires. Through her time there, Violet learns to advocate for herself and her needs, overcome fe ..read more
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Louder Than Words by Ashley Woodfolk and Lexi Underwood
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by susanh579
1w ago
Louder Than Words by Ashley Woodfolk and Lexi Underwood. Scholastic Press, 2024. 9781338875577 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5 Format: ARC (publication date 6/4/24)  Genre:  Realistic fiction What did you like about the book:  Jordyn Jones is trying to reinvent herself when she transfers to Edgewood High, and is grateful for a new group of friends who seem to care about each other and the world around them. But when a gossip podcast reveals secrets and rumors about her and other students, will she be able to escape the mistakes of her past? This is a story ..read more
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These Bodies Between Us by Sarah Van Name
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by susanh579
2w ago
These Bodies Between Us by Sarah Van Name. Delacorte Press, 2024. 9780593646175 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: Hardcover Genre: Realistic/science fiction What did you like about the book:  Callie, Talia, and Cleo always spend the summer together in their beachside town. They usually pick a goal for the summer and work on it together in between working at the skate rink and spending time at the beach. This summer, however, Cleo has brought along her quiet, pale, barely there friend Polly and Cleo has an unusual idea for their summer project: she wants the fo ..read more
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Wander in the Dark by Jumata Emil
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by susanh579
2w ago
Wander in the Dark by Jumata Emil. Random House Children’s Books, 2024. 9780593651858 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: Hardcover Genre: Mystery What did you like about the book?  The two protagonists of Wander in the Dark are brothers but come from completely different worlds within New Orleans. Marcel has grown up with his father and mother, who is a successful chef, and has had the comforts of money. Amir, who is Black, who shares the same father, but grew up with his mother in poverty. The brothers have been estranged but come together again at Marcel’s bi ..read more
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Faker by Gordon Korman
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by susanh579
3w ago
Faker by Gordon Korman. Scholastic Press, 2024. 9781338826753 Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: ARC (publication date 7/2/24) Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book? Twelve year old Trey has never been at one school long enough to make friends or get involved in activities; he and his father and younger sister Ariana move around a lot because of the family business.  Every time Trey starts to get close to one of his classmates or develop an interest in something, his father tells him it’s time to move: the family business is crime.&nbs ..read more
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Dark Parts of the Universe by Samuel Miller
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by kyurenka
3w ago
Dark Parts of the Universe by Samuel Miller. Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins, 2024. 9780063160484 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5 Format: Hardcover Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book? At the age of five Willie was shot in the eye by his brother Bones (three years older) with a loaded, unsecured gun of his father’s.  Willie lost the eye but did not breathe for five minutes.  He became known as the “miracle boy”.  Now he is 15 and Bones, who is 18, is graduating from high school.  Bones has always seen himself as Willie’s prot ..read more
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The Notes by Catherine Con Morse
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by susanh579
1M ago
The Notes by Catherine Con Morse. Crown, 2024. 9780593711385 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4 Format: Hardcover Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book?  Starting her junior year at the prestigious Greenwood School for the Performing Arts, Claire feels excited about the arrival of a new piano teacher, Dr. Li. Although she practices diligently, Claire’s not in the same league as handsome prize pupil Rocky Wong, who she’s been crushing on for a year. Rocky’s also a member of the elusive and prestigious Asian Student Society that Claire longs to join ..read more
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Not If You Break Up With Me First by G.F. Miller
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by susanh579
1M ago
Not If You Break Up With Me First by G.F. Miller. Aladdin, 2024. 9781665950008 Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3 Format: ARC (publication date 6/4/24) Genre: Realistic fiction What did you like about the book?  When best friends Eve and Andrew are reunited at the airport after two months apart and with 8th grade looming, it’s clear something has changed. Eve still jumps enthusiastically into Andrew’s arms, but notices he’s got muscles and armpit hair while Andrew realizes that Eve is actually pretty. At school, pressure from the girls on Eve’s track team pushes her to ..read more
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