Joan Reviews… The Parker Inheritance

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson Published: 2019 Age Range: 10+ Genre: Mystery / Historical Fiction Awards: Coretta Scott King Award, Odyssey Book Award Joan read The Parker Inheritance and this is what she thought… 12-year-old Candice and her mother are spending the summer in her grandmother’s old house in Lambert, South Carolina. Her grandmother was fired as city manager for having the […]

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Amanda reviews… Finding Langston

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome Published: 2018 Age Range: 10-12 Genre: Historical Fiction Awards: Coretta Scott King Nominee Amanda (Piper’s human) read Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome and this is what she thought… Langston and his father move from Alabama to Chicago after his mother passes away. Langston thinks he will never adjust to city life, but he discovers a lot more […]

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Chance reviews… Grasshopper Jungle

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Published: 2014 Age Range: 15+ Genre: Science Fiction Awards: 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Winner Chance read Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith and this is what he thought… High school sophomore Austin Szerba copes with confusion about his sexual identity alongside an outbreak of giant praying-mantis creatures that eat people in his small Iowa town. Austin has […]

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Joan Reviews… Balloons Over Broadway

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade  Story and illustrations by Melissa Sweet                     Published: 2011 Age Range: 6-9 Genre: Picture book – Biography Awards: The Siebert Award, ALA Notable Children’s Book, and many more! Joan read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet and this is what […]

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Amanda Reviews… Better Nate Than Ever

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle   Published: 2013 Age Range: Middle Grade Genre: Realistic Fiction Awards: Stonewall Book Award Nominee, Odyssey Book Award Nominee Amanda (Piper’s human) read Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle and this is what she thought… A 13-year-old boy hops a bus to NYC to audition for a musical in an adventure that is full […]

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