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WISHTREE, by Katherine Applegate

October 5, 2017

The story: Red has lived in the neighborhood for a long time–like, 215 years. She runs a boarding house of sorts, and her tenants are skunks, opossums, and crows. Yep, Red is a tree–and she’s seen a lot over the years…but nothing quite like the meanness Samar experiences when the Muslim girl moves in. Red […]

BEANSTALKER, by Kiersten White

September 29, 2017

The story: If you’re tired of the same old/same old when it comes to fairy tales, pick up a copy of “Beanstalker & Other Hilarious Scary Tales”. You’ll meet vampire Snow White, zombie Dead Riding Hood–and the list goes on! Check it out…if you’re not too scared. ūüėČ Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’re looking for […]

THE VAN GOGH DECEPTION, by Deron R. Hicks

September 29, 2017

The story: A boy is found, sitting in the National Museum of Art, with no memory of how he got there, no memory of who he is. Taken in by Mary Sullivan and her daughter, “Art” and Camille go on the trail, tracking down the very few clues they have–only to turn up a fraudulent […]

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN, by Jason Reynolds

September 28, 2017

The story: Miles Morales is the black Spider-Man. Given super powers by a spider stolen from Osborne Industries when he was 12, Miles, now 16, attends an elite academy as a scholarship student and is Spidey in his spare time. Little does he know that even within his school, the Chamberlains–a zombie-like group of minority-haters–are […]

SPIRIT HUNTERS, by Ellen Oh

September 28, 2017

The story: When Harper’s family moves into a creepy old house, it doesn’t take long for her to hear that it’s “haunted”. But what’s worse is that it also doesn’t take long for her little brother to meet an imaginary friend who turns out to be a ghost–and not a nice ghost, either. Now it’s […]

BETWEEN TWO SKIES, by Joanne O’Sullivan

September 28, 2017

The story:¬†Evangeline Riley loves her life in Bayou Perdu, Louisiana. She figures she’ll follow her father into the family business, fishing on the bayou, until the unthinkable happens: in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the area is devastated and she and her family become refugees. Not knowing whether family or friends made it through, or […]

NIGHT WITCHES, by Kathryn Lasky

September 27, 2017

The story: When Valya’s mother is killed by the Nazis, the teen finds a way out of Stalingrad and starts flying with the Night Witches–an all-female group of pilots that helped bring the German juggernaut to its knees. Here’s an exciting slice of World War II history you’ve never even heard of before! Mrs. Friend’s […]

THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA, by Pablo Cartaya

September 27, 2017

The story: Save the restaurant. Take on Big Business. Get the girl. Make his grandma proud. Can 13-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all, or is he destined for an EPIC FAIL? Mrs. Friend’s opinion:¬† Two thumbs up for this one! It was funny and fun, and Arturo learns to stand up even when it’s hard.

SPLINTER, by Sasha Dawn

September 27, 2017

The story:¬†¬†Sami’s mother disappeared ten years ago, but the teen refuses to believe she’s dead. Yet now, a decade later, clues start to surface…clues indicating her mother is dead, cludes that point to her father as the killer. Sami doesn’t want to believe it–can’t believe it–but can she and her best friends track down the […]

REFUGEE, by Alan Gratz

May 22, 2017

The story: Three kids, tied together by their refugee status across cultures and decades, never know each other and yet are tied together in unimaginable ways. Josef and his family are trying to flee to safety ahead of the Nazi blitzkrieg; Isabelle and her family are desperate to leave Cuba and make it to the […]