The Friendship Lie is a heartrending story about what happens when a friendship goes sour. This middle-grade novel spotlights healthy friendships and coping with parental separation.
SYNOPSIS John David Anderson, the acclaimed author of Sidekicked, returns with Ms. Bixby's Last Day, a story of three kids, a very special teacher, and one day that none of them will ever forget. Summary: Ms. Bixby's Last Day In this story, a young teacher is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. However, her illness isn't the [...]
SYNOPSIS: PATINA Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom. She runs from the reason WHY she’s not able to live with her [...]
SYNOPSIS: Murder at TwilightWhen Viv has a fight with Noah, she doesn’t think it’ll be the last time she sees him. But when she gets back from school, he’s nowhere to be found and there are police cars everywhere, lights flashing and sirens blaring. SummaryMurder at Twilight is one of the few middle-grade/young-adult mysteries I've [...]
SYNOPSIS: Shouting at the Rain Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a "regular family." Delsie observes other changes in the air, too--the most painful [...]
Summary: Louisiana's Way Home In this companion to Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana Elefante's grandmother wakes her up in the middle of the night because "the day of reckoning has arrived." Although Louisiana has always gone with her granny's flow, this time, she resists. She doesn't want to leave her friends and her cat, Archie behind. Still, [...]
Review: Raymie Nightingale This is the first book in Kate DiCamillo's much revered set of companion novels and I understand the hype now. I didn't even know about these books until Louisiana's Way Home released last year (2018). For reference, Raymie Nightingale was published in 2016. My interest in these books was officially piqued when [...]
SYNOPSIS: Other Words for Home Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast [...]