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Youth Fiction Review: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Perry T. Cook is pretty average, as far as 11-year-olds go. He looks forward to favorite meals (especially toasted egg and cheese sandwiches), shares jokes with his mom, and worries about whether or not he'll be able to best the school bully in the mile run for the second year in a row. But unlike...

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Five of the Best Opening Lines in Teen Fiction

First lines are powerful; good ones pull readers into new worlds. Here are five great opening lines in teen novels: Best “Description of a morning sky:" "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit." - Uglies by Scott Westerfield Best “I can relate” line: "It's the first morning of...

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Graphic Novel Review: Our Expanding Universe by Alex Robinson

How does time change friendships? Masterful graphic novelist Alex Robinson explores the tension that drives transformation in Our Expanding Universe. Fluid lines and natural-sounding dialogue unfolds the challenges of five thirtysomething New Yorkers navigating growing families, affairs, and...

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Tropical Staycations Movie List

We handpicked movies that will take you away from your troubles and have fun on a 'staycation.' Check out the full list here.

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Picture Book Review: The House That Zack Built by Alison Murray

A classic rhyme gets a fresh twist in The House That Zack Built, a cumulative tale that uses bouncing verse and bright illustrations to unfold delightful mayhem on a farm. Fans of the author's previous book (Hickory Dickory Dog) may recognize Zack and his canine sidekick, Rufus, but The House That...

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Fiction Book Review: The Nest by Cynthia D. Sweeney

Cynthia Sweeney’s debut novel, The Nest, is a fast-moving family drama that is full of heart. The Plumb siblings, Leo, Jack, Bea and Melody, were promised an inheritance by their late father when the youngest sister reached her 40th birthday. Over the years, the nest egg has grown into a...

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Picture Book Review: When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Goodbye, snow; hello, sunshine! Using simple text and thick-lined, brightly colored acrylic illustrations, When Spring Comes describes the subtle changes that herald springtime. This sweet story perfectly captures the magic of shifting seasons, describing sights, sounds, scents, and sensory...

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Youth Fiction Review: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Pax is a moving middle-grade novel, told from alternate perspectives and set in an unspecified time and place. War is coming, and 12-year-old Peter's whole world is braced for change. When his father leaves for the frontlines, Peter moves in with his grandfather but must leave Pax--Peter's beloved...

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New Books to Love

February is the month known for love, chocolate…and great books! Here are three new books I'm in love with…and after you read them, you will be, too.   Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Why you’ll love it: Safi is a truthwitch; a rare type witch that can see the truth from a lie. Iseult is Safi’s...

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Youth Fiction Review: Soar by Joan Bauer

Soar, the latest novel by the Newbery Honor-winning Joan Bauer, is a smartly narrated feel-good sports story about the power of perseverance and optimism. 12-year-old Jeremiah hasn't had it easy, but he's learned to turn adversity into opportunity. His mother abandoned him when he was just 9 months...

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