Kids reviews

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Among the diverse archipelago of Earthsea, the island of Gont is famous for wizards and of the Gontish wizards, the greatest is the man called Sparrowhawk. Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic 1968 work of hi…

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The Pony Question by Jackie Merchant

Essie gave up on horses after she was caught up in a cheating scandal with her last pony. Her dad was the parent who helped with her horse and riding events, anyway. Now her parents have divorced, an…

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The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore

Casey and her friends learn their local Mayor has nefarious plans for their town – plans that disregard the environment and rely on the town’s voting-aged citizens remaining disengaged from their civ…

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Ellie’s Dragon by Bob Graham

With his latest picture book, Bob Graham has gifted small readers another heart-filled tale celebrating imagination. When Ellie, a very small girl, discovers a luminous newborn dragon sitting atop an…

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The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson & Rovina Cai

This is a beautiful story that feels like an ancient folk tale but could also be a warning about human inaction on climate crisis. In The Giant and the Sea, a giant protects the people by watching th…

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Hodgepodge by Lili Wilkinson & Dustin Spence

When eleven-year-old Artie and his newly blended family move into a creaky and rather spooky old house, he reminds his sensible science brain that he doesn’t believe in ghosts so the house couldn’t p…

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What Zola Did on Monday by Melina Marchetta

What Zola Did on Monday is a beautiful, heartwarming story for beginner readers. Bright, determined Zola lives together with her mother and her nonna, and just over the fence from her cousin Alessand…

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The Secret Library of Hummingbird House by Julianne Negri

An abandoned mansion slated for destruction, an ancient mulberry tree that holds important memories, and a family still working out the terms of parental separation. These are the ingredients in Juli…

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Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

From the award-winning author and illustrator of the much-loved Stella Montgomery series, Judith Rossell, we now have the wonderful novelty board book Play with Your Plate!.

A fun and clever creatio…

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The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks

Eleven-year-old Winifred is going through a tough year. Her adopted dad has a new wife, she has a new stepbrother, and a baby is on the way. She not only needs to get along with her stepbrother Sam a…

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