Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Thundercluck! by Paul Tillery & Meg Wittwer

Grades 3 – 5

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Filled with action and adventure that is fun for all ages, Thundercluck and the Kitchen of Destiny is about an egg that is accidentally struck by the power of Thor, and it hatches a super chicken. This super chicken must now defeat the villain of the kitchen and prevail over evil. This middle grade animal fantasy is sure to please fans of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Middle Grade Fiction

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

Grades 4 – 6

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Twelve-year-old Nora lives in a shanty town in the Philippines with her mother, after she lost her father and her home in a tragedy. The one day, her mother disappears and she’s left alone, with just her friend Jojo and Jojo’s loving grandmother to help her out. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey to find Nora’s mother and bring her back to safety. Can they do it or will they be too late?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Children, Independent Reading

Amira Can Catch, New Kid in School by Kevin Christofora

Ages 5 – 8

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Amira is the new kid in school after moving from her home in Syria over a year ago. She is shy, but is welcomed by her new classmate Nick and the All Star baseball team at school. They quickly learn that Amira has had a lot of practice throwing and catching a ball back home, so she is a great addition to the team. The book is a mix of current events as well as a fun baseball story that all kids will enjoy.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Children

Sing Like Nobody’s Listening by Allison Gutknecht

Grades 5 – 7

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Seventh graders Wylie Tennyson and Jada Emmett have been friends for as long as anyone can remember. Jada decides to audition for the school musical, and Wylie wants to do the same, but her stage fright gets the better of her and she chickens out. Still yearning to sing, she decides to create an a capella group and enter in a singing competition sponsored by her favorite reality TV show, Non-Instrumental. Jada becomes jealous of the group and decides to start one of her own and enter the competition as well. Can the two friends work out their differences or be rivals for good? Read Sing Like Nobody’s Listening by Allison Gutknect to find out!

Adult Fiction

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Ages 18+

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Maggie is a divorcee who got remarried to Dr. Noah Alderman, a pediatric allergist. She loves him, and adores his little boy Caleb. Then Maggie’s estranged 17-year-old daughter suddenly gets back in touch, and Maggie invites Anna to live with her, Noah and Caleb. Maggie is so overjoyed to have her daughter back that she ignores the warning signs that something may be amiss. Then Anna is murdered and Noah is the prime suspect. This thrilling novel proves once again what a master Scottoline is at her craft.

 

Middle Grade Fiction

Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas

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Charlotte and her family has just moved to Walnut Grove, the childhood home of author Laura Ingalls, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie series. Charlotte’s mom is convinced the move will help her write a bestselling novel, but Charlotte knows that it is just another excuse for her mother to avoid her responsibilities. Their new house is freezing and there’s not much to do in the sleepy little town. Charlotte isn’t convinced they’ll survive there for long, until the spirit of Laura Ingalls starts to get through to her.