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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. He’s lived for the last 27 years at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Ivan spends his days in his glass enclosure being watched by humans and creating artwork that’s sold for profit. His fellow companions are Stella an elephant injured from the treatment of her previous [...]

His Name was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II by Louise Borden

Who was Raoul Wallenberg? Few people recognize his name, which is the whole point of His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. In 2005, the author Louise Borden wrote a fabulous biography about the creators of Curious George and their escape from Nazi-occupied France. Now seven years later, Borden’s writing is mesmerizing, as she creates outrage over [...]

The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops

On January 15, 1919, the headlines read – “Huge Molasses Tank Explodes in North End; 11 Dead, 50 Hurt.” In Boston, a tank filled with 2,300,000 gallons of molasses had exploded creating waves 50 feet high. That wave swept everything before it. 100 men, women and children were caught in the sticky stream. Buildings, vehicles [...]

May B. : A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose

*May B.: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose* A young girl’s struggles Told in verse. Abandoned on the Kansas plains. Finding her voice amidst the howling silence. If you like Sharon Creech, Karen Hesse. A historical with heart. Cathy R.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. I wasn’t surprised to hear Jack Gantos had won the Newbery Medal. He has a quirky writing style that meshes hysterical comedy with gut-wrenching, quiet drama. How could the committee resist this main character, aptly named Jack Gantos? Is this winner a memoir or fiction? Even if the [...]

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The first book in Megan Whalen Turner’s Attolia series. Followed by The Queen of Attolia,  The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings. The main star of this fantasy series is Gen and his humble beginnings as a thief imprisoned in the lands of Sounis. Picture the Mediterranean. He boasted to be the cleverest [...]

Jack and Jill by Jill Rappaport

Entertainment reporter Jill Rappaport has written a wonderful children’s book called “Jack and Jill” that deals with cancer. Jack is one of Jill’s many dogs and he lives a happy life with Jill on her farm, doing the kinds of things that dogs love to do. When bone cancer threatens to destroy everything, Jack gets [...]

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