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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.