The Bear Ate Your Sandwich




Julia Sarcone-Roach Alfred A. Knopf unpaged


You came back from playing, and your sandwich was gone! Where did it go because you know you didn’t eat it? The truth, you are told, is that the bear ate it. You ask “What bear?” The bear that woke up that morning […]

Boy on the Edge




Fridrik Erlings Candlewick 219 pages






Questions, accusations and ridicule assaulted Henry constantly. To avoid stuttering, he stayed silent. Mocking, bullying, and beatings, day after day – he never felt safe. When Henry learned to fight back, it landed him in the Home of Lesser Brethren, […]

Caged Warrior




Alan Lawrence Sitomer Disney – Hyperion 216 pages






McCutcheon Daniels is a high school student. He’s also one of Detroit’s toughest mixed-martial arts fighters. Trained since birth by his father, “Demon”, who was disillusioned by a failed boxing career, M.D. has been told his entire […]

Running Out of Night




Sharon Lovejoy Delacorte 304 pages






When teaching about slavery, it is very difficult to try and emulate the horrific tragedies that people endured. Oftentimes, the perspective of those enslaved is overlooked and replaced with cold, distanced facts. In Lovejoy’s novel, she chose to embody Zenobia, […]


Throne & Bones, Book 1




Lou Anders Crown 320 pages



“There’s a good deal more to life than playing games.” Especially Thrones and Bones says the hauld Korlundr, twelve-year-old Karn’s father. But everyone knows that life in Norrønur revolves around three things: swinging swords, hurling insults, and playing a […]

Taking Flight

From War Orphan to Star Ballerina





Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince Alfred A. Knopf 249 pages


“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required” is a frequently quoted Scripture verse. What about for those who have had so much taken away from them? Twenty years […]

Catch a Falling Star






Kim Culbertson Scholastic Point 300 pages


Little, California is true to its name – small town USA and most like it that way. After Hollywood arrives to shoot a family film, amazing and unexpected things happen when the agent conjures a romance-for-hire between a realist and their […]







John Rocco Disney Hyperion unpaged


Snow, snow and more snow! There is nothing more exciting for children than school closing early. In a small town in 1978, they gleefully sat at home watching the drifts loom higher and higher until they reached so high that they couldn’t […]






The World’s First Movie Star Dog


Emily Arnold McCully Henry Holt unpaged


Hollywood movie director and animal trainer, Larry Trimble, and his wife, Jane Murfin, a screenwriter, had a vision – to make silent films starring a hero dog. In 1920, they met Etzel von Oeringen, a […]

Outside In






Sarah Ellis Groundwood Books 206 p.


Which is the parent and which is the child? Lynn feels like a casualty of her mom Shakti’s new-age lifestyle. Why does Shakti have the freedom to express herself and the liberty to do whatever she wants when it is often at […]