Fish in a Tree

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Fish in a Tree By Lynda Mullaly Hunt Rating:  (Exceptional) “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” This book is about a girl called Ally who has dyslexia, but thinks she is dumb, so she […]

The Inquistor’s Tale

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The Inquisitor’s Tale, Or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz Rating:  (Worth Reading) It is the year 1242, and in France, three children are on the run, to escape prejudice and persecution and to save precious and holy texts from being burned.  All three are outcasts – William, a young brown-skinned monk; […]

Wolf Hollow

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Title: Wolf Hollow Author: Lauren Wolk Rating: Avoid (Inappropriate for Young Readers) Main Character: Annabelle, 12-year old girl. Meggie (Rating: Avoid) I really liked the main character, Annabelle. She stood up for what she thought was right, even if she got hurt badly in the process. She was protective of her younger siblings and the […]

Dragon Rider

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Title: Dragon Rider Author: Cornelia Funke Rating: Exceptional Main Characters: Firedrake (male dragon), Sorrell (girl brownie), Ben (12-year old orphan boy). Meggie (Rating: Exceptional) I love fantasy books that create where the author can let their imagination run free. This book is about a dragon, Firedrake, on a quest to find a safe home for […]

Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs

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Title: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Author: Mo Willems Main Character: A girl, Goldilocks Rating: It’s OK Mo (Rating: It’s OK) Mo Willems is best known for his Elephant and Piggie books, which have simple storylines and children find them funny. Those books have a warm core, however, that is missing in this book. This […]

The Princess and the Pig

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Title: The Princess and the Pig Author: Jonathan Emmett (illustrated by: Poly Bernatene) Rating: Worth Reading   Mo (Rating: Worth Reading) This is a picture book for older readers (5-8 year olds). It’s a funny take on other fairy tales. All through the book, the various characters reference other fairy tales! A baby princess and […]

The Princess and the Pony

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Title: The Princess and the Pony Author: Kate Beaton Main character: Princess Pinecone Rating: Avoid Mo (Rating: Avoid) The premise of this book is there’s this princess who is a “warrior”. But no one treats her like one. She wants to go into battle and do warrior-like things, but all she gets for her birthday […]

The Mermaid’s Purse

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Title: The Mermaid’s Purse Author: Patricia Polacco Main Character: Stella (the author’s grandmother) Rating: Exceptional Meggie (Rating: Exceptional) I loved this book because it talks about a girl who uses her love of reading to transform the community around her. I found myself identifying with it. Highly recommended. Mo (Rating: Exceptional) This is a heart-warming […]

Thank you, Mr. Falker

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Title: Thank you, Mr. Falker Author: Patricia Polacco Main Character: Trisha, Fifth-Grader Rating: Exceptional Mo (Rating: Exceptional) This is a story that gave me goosebumps (in a good way). It is an autobiographical story – the author had dyslexia as a child which was not diagnosed till she was in fifth grade. It talks about […]

The Thief Lord

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Title: The Thief Lord Author: Cornelia Funke Rating: Exceptional Main Characters: Prosper (12 year old boy), Hornet (12 year old girl), Scipio (13 year old boy), Victor Getz (adult).   Meggie (Rating: Exceptional) I love Cornelia Funke’s writing; she makes the settings of her books come alive. This book vividly describes Venice and all the […]