ARC Reviews, 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.

Historical Fiction, Independent Reading

Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Grade 2

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It is 1942 during World War II. Joe is a soldier in the war, and he and his 10-year-old brother Charlie are writing letters to each other to keep in touch. Joe tells Charlie all about what it’s like to be a soldier, and Charlie knows that his brother is brave. However, when Joe is sent on a secret mission, Charlie learns just how brave his brother really is. Can Charlie be brave and fight his own bullies at home without his brother by his side? Read Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman to find out.

Bilingual, Independent Reading

The Case of the Three Kings by Adilis Vicente

Grades 2-3

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This is book two of The Flaca Files, and Detective Flaca is at it again! This time, Flaca is happy to receive all the tools that she needs for her case as Christmas gifts, but she is not happy that she also received plane tickets to Puerto Rico. She has a case to solve! However, she and her sister head to Puerto Rico anyway, to stay with their grandmother. There, she is faced with another case, the Case of the Three Kings. Three Kings Day is celebrated on January 6th, and involves three men who come around to leave gifts for children. This sounds suspicious to Flaca, so she decides to investigate. This bilingual book is great for young readers!

Bilingual, Independent Reading, Series

The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases by Adilis Vicente

Grades 2-3

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This bilingual book is perfect for young readers! The story follows Flaca, whose chancleta, or flip flop, has gone missing. She is on a mission to find it ASAP! She suspects her family members are involved, and, armed with her notebook and magnifying glass, proceeds to interview each of them and get to the bottom of this. Included are other interwoven stories of her other cases, and readers have the pleasure of reading the book in both English and Spanish!

Animals, Independent Reading, Series

Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin

Grade 2


Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin is the third book in the Chicken Squad series. Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie are four chicken siblings who are sure to get into trouble when they’re together. This time, they’re trying to solve the mystery of the box in the backyard. Read Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin to learn what they find!

Independent Reading, Series

Dory Fantasmagory: Dory, Dory, Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon

Grade 2


Dory, also known as Rascal, lives in two worlds: in real life with her family and friends at home and at school, and her imaginary world that includes her best friend Mary, a friendly monster that lives under her bed. Dory has a loose tooth, and she thinks that Mrs. Gobble Gracker, her imaginary enemy is going to prevent the Tooth Fairy from coming. To find out what happens, Read Dory Fantasmagory: Dory, Dory, Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon.