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Lost in the Backyard

Posted on: February 27, 2017 at 3:04 pm, in

Lost in the Backyard By Alison Hughes I love survival stories, and this is a good one! Flynn is 13 and couldn’t care less about nature or the environment.  He finds camping pretty boring and he doesn’t pay attention in his Outdoor Ed. class.  He is far more interested in his phone and his Nike […]

The Best Mistake Mystery

Posted on: February 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm, in

The Best Mistake MysteryBy Sylvia McNicoll Stephen Noble tends to worry a lot.  His mom often says that he makes too much out of things. But when the fire alarm goes off at school and all the kids get sent home without even getting their agendas, Stephen suspects something is really wrong.  Later that afternoon, […]

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel

Posted on: February 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm, in

Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel By Charise Mericle HarperThis post was originally published in Canadian Materials, Volume XXIII, Number 16, December 23, 2016. June is always open to making friends, and when Mae moves in across the street, it looks like a perfect opportunity. But potential friendship is almost thwarted by the disagreeable April, […]

The Court of Fives

Posted on: February 1, 2017 at 11:22 am, in

By Kate ElliotAs a child of mixed-race, Jessamy is torn between her duty as a Patron and her longing for the freedom of the Commoners. In particular, Jessamy is determined to compete in The Court of Fives, a dangerous multilevel competition. Through the Fives, Jessamy achieves that sense of freedom and begins making friends such […]

Book of the Month – February – Paper Hearts

Posted on: February 1, 2017 at 9:00 am, in

by Meg Wiviott A birthday card. Something simple, a sign of affection and love that we take for granted.  But for a Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz in 1944, a birthday card is so much more – an act of defiance, a statement of hope, a crime punishable by death.  Zlatka knew this as she stole […]