Category Archives: Young Readers

children books, illustrated novels

REVIEW: One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia

The year is 1968 and the novel follows three young black girls from Brooklyn, New York. Their father flies them out to Oakland, California to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile Johnson, who’s a poet. “One Crazy Summer” won … Continue reading

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REVIEW: 'Coraline' Written by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Dave McKean

Coraline, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean, tells the story of a young girl who bravely saves herself and her parents from the ghosts that inhabit their home. Coraline Jones and her parents stay in a divided … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Spiderwick Chronicles written by Holly Black and Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (2003) is a five book box set of short stories featuring three ordinary kids who stumble into the hidden world of faeries. Let me just say upfront that I love faerie … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron with illustrations by Matt Phelan, copyright, 2006, 134 pages. The Higher Power of Lucky tells the story of a young girl living in a remote small town in California. The reading level is 9 to … Continue reading

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Matilda Bone (Paperback) by Karen Cushman

Matilda Bone (Paperback) by Karen Cushman, copyright 2002 (reprint). I picked this title up because it sounded interesting and plus Rachel loved it. However, I didn’t love it. I was bored with it, unfortunately. The story is set in medieval time … Continue reading

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