Category Archives: kid lit

Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman

SeedfolksSeedfolks is a wonderful story about the efforts of a community of individuals, which turn a trashy empty city block into a block of gardens. All of this starts with the actions of a young girl who wishes to connect to the father who died before she was born.

The book is told from the perspective of the various individuals involved and shows how the individuals grow into a community as the block blossoms into a cluster of gardens. The audio recording of Seedfolks enhances the book as it is read by various voices each well matched to the individual speaking.

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Review Submitted by:  Deborah Stephenson
Rating:  Highly Recommended

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising
A favorite since childhood, I read this book again this summer for probably the twentieth time. It’s a beautiful riches-to-rags-to [a different kind of] riches historical fiction story written by the granddaughter of the original Esperanza about a wealthy Mexican family who flees over the border to work on farms in California. A must read for anyone interested in the history, culture, and people of unions and workers’ rights activism. And as a bonus, you’ll learn a few words in Spanish!

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Review Submitted by:  Molly McGowan
Rating:  Must Read

Ever After High by Shannon Hale

Ever After High: The Storybook of LegendsThe Ever After High series is about the children of characters in fairy tales. In the first book of the series, The Storybook of Legends, Raven Queen ( daughter of the evil queen from Snow White) has to make a decision. To sign the book of legends and be the next evil queen for the Snow White story, or not sign and maybe go poof in a cloud of smoke. The only problem is that Raven doesn’t want to be evil. The whole first book is all about Raven’s decision. It also made me not want to put it down. This is a book that I think anyone would like to read.

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Review Submitted by: Leah Sours
Rating:  Recommended

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul by Jack Canfield

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul
I like this book because it has 101 stories that kids sent to the authors that got published into a book. This is one book in a series of books that are uplifting and helps you get through tough things. What I think is cool about these books is that you can send in your own true stories and they might get published in one of their future books.

With Mark victor Hansen, Patty Dunlap, and Irene Dunlap.

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Review Submitted by: Leah Sours
Rating: Recommended

Star of Light by Patricia St. John

Star of Light
Star of Light is about a boy named Hamid who lives in Thursday village. His father Si Mohammed decides that Kinza (Hamid’s blind little sister) is useless for the farm and wants to sell her to a beggar. Hamid’s mother has a plan to take Kinza to a woman who will take care of her. Hamid sets out on this dangerous mission hiding from his father so that they won’t get caught. Hamid finally reaches the village and gives Kinza to the woman. He starts working at a doughnut shop to make money. He joins this band of boys who live on the street and eat dinner at the woman’s house every night. This woman is a missionary and teaches these boys about Christ. Hamid’s father finds Kinza and takes her back to the village. Rosemary (the missionary) goes to Thursday village to get her back. Her father hides Kinza, but Rosemary calls out her name and she comes out of hiding. In the end, Kinza goes to England with Rosemary’s niece to attend a blind school. This is a great story that I think children of all ages will enjoy.

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Review Submitted by: Leah Sours
Rating: Recommended

Frindle by Andrew Clements

FrindleFrindle is a story about a boy named Nick who is starting 5th grade. One day in class, Nick is learning about words  and he is inspired to rename his pen Frindle. He has all of his friends start saying the word and soon everyone starts saying it. His strict teacher hates the word and is trying to put a stop to it. This is a fun school story that inspired me to make up new words. I think that kids will love to read this book.

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Review Submitted by: Leah Sours
Rating:  Highly Recommended

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody was in a Mood

Judy Moody was in a Mood is a story about an eight year old girl starting third grade, and she’s not happy about it. The first assignment that she receives is to make a “me collage”. Over the course of the story, Judy makes a new friend (Frank Pearl), gets invited to a birthday party where she’s the only girl, buys a venus flytrap, starts the toad pee club, and plays a trick on her brother, Stink. In the end, Stink spills juice on Judy’s collage. Judy then turns the stain into Virginia for WHERE I LIVE. It’s a great story, but I think Megan McDonald should have made Judy less moody so then even younger readers can enjoy this book. I highly recommend this book for people ages 8-12.

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Review Submitted by: Leah Sours
Rating:  Highly Recommended