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!