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When You Trap a Tiger

Posted on: December 30, 2020 at 6:00 am, in

  When You Trap a Tiger By Tae Keller “Long, long ago, when tiger walked like man…” The summer before grade 7, Lily, her sister, and her widowed mother move in to take care of their elderly grandmother, Halmoni. We first meet the family on their drive up from California to Washington State when Lily […]

When Stars Are Scattered

Posted on: December 23, 2020 at 11:41 am, in

When Stars Are ScatteredBy Victoria Jamieson and Omar Hassan When Stars Are Scattered is a warm and welcoming graphic novel that introduces us to two brothers, Omar and Hassan, who are from Somalia but staying in a Kenyan refugee camp after their father dies in the Somalian Civil War and they are separated from their […]

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

Posted on: December 18, 2020 at 11:32 am, in

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon By Christopher Edge Charlie Noon has one friend at her new school in rural England.  Dizzy is a bit of a scatterbrain, but nonetheless, he is kind to Charlie.  When Dizzy finds some coded messages made of sticks in a clearing in the woods, he enlists Charlie’s help to […]

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Posted on: December 14, 2020 at 2:16 pm, in

A Field Guide to Getting Lost By Joy McCullough Sutton is almost ten years old and is very scientifically minded.  She spends her days programming robots to navigate a maze she has created.   She has inherited her scientific skills from her mom who is currently living in Antarctica studying penguins.  Sutton’s parents are divorced, so […]

How Long ’til Black Future Month

Posted on: December 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm, in

  by N. K. Jemisin I read Jemisin’s excellent essay of the same name online in 2013 (, so when I picked up this book I was expecting a collection of essays, but was surprised (and pleased) when it turned out to be a collection of short stories instead. And what a collection it is! […]

Three Keys

Posted on: December 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm, in

Three Keys By Kelly Yang Mia Tang returns in this follow-up book to the amazing Front Desk.  This time, Mia and her parents, along with some of their friends, are the owners of the Calivista Motel in Los Angeles.  While they are always willing to welcome immigrants to their motel, there is a growing anger […]

Out Of This World

Posted on: December 4, 2020 at 4:05 pm, in

Out Of This World By Chris Wooding Jack is just an ordinary twelve-year-old kid.  His parents, however, are anything but ordinary.  Jack’s dad is always putting him through grueling assault courses where Jack must fend off hidden attackers.  His mom is always testing him on science and math concepts.  Neither of Jack’s parents ever seem […]