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April 23, 2018

The story: Chance Jeopard would never have thought digging a hole would turn out to be so dangerous–although it was actually the underground mail system leading to Saint Philomene’s that really got him into trouble. When he tries to hand-deliver a lost letter, he finds out that humans are NOT welcome here–and now he’s trapped […]

FALLOUT (Lois Lane #1), by Gwenda Bond

March 9, 2018

The story: Junior Lois Lane is the new girl in town. Again. Her policy of laying low doesn’t work well for her when she notices another student getting bullied and steps in, only to discover that there are some very strange things going on here in Metropolis–like a group of bullies that is as coordinated […]

FUNNY GIRL, edited by Betsy Bird

January 4, 2018

The story: Actually, it’s a bunch of stories–funny stories about being a modern girl. If you’re a fan of humor that comes in small doses, this is the book for you! Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  My favorite was “Over and Out” by Lisa Graff, detailing the misadventures of a pink bra. Strictly for girls!

ROSEMARKED, by Livia Blackburne

January 4, 2018

The story: Zivah is rose marked by a disease that will kill her. Dineas is scarred by torture and loss. Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, […]

THE EMPTY GRAVE, by Jonathan Stroud

January 4, 2018

The story: All the villains have assembled, most notably Penelope Fittes and Sir Rupert Gale. Also assembled: the ghosts–and who would ever have guessed that the villains were the SOURCE of the ghosts? Lockwood & Co. are ready to use their hard-won experience to take on all the bad guys and, as they do, deal […]

RESTART, by Gordon Korman

December 7, 2017

The story: When Chase Ambrose falls off a roof and wakes up with amnesia, everything in his life changes. He used to be a football hero–and a total jerk. Now he’s learning what everyone else used to think of him, and he doesn’t like it. Is there a way to convince everyone that he’s really […]

BETTER OFF UNDEAD, by James Preller

December 7, 2017

The story: Adrian Lazarus was hit by a car, and now he’s dead…or rather, undead. He was never popular before, but now everyone’s afraid of him (except Daryl, the school bully). Even worse, sicko billionaires the Bork brothers want to slice and dice him to see whether they can come up with the secret to […]

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. 😉 Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’re looking for […]


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 […]