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Baby Wren and the Great Gift

This short young children’s book explores the differences between lots of different animals. Young wren steps outside of her nest in a crevice to see many different types of animals do fun, spectacular things that wren is unable to do. Each...

4 Stars

The Dragon's Descent - An Ether Novel, #3

This is a wonderful middle grade book that is part of a series of books that tells the story of a young guardian angel named Vero. We first met Vero in Laurice E. Molinari’s first book in the series called The Ether: Vero’s Rising. It tells...

5 Stars

Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue - American Revolutionary War Adventures, #2

I LOVED Secrets and a Daring Rescue. This is book two and I was also lucky enough to read book one. The first reason is that the main character, Lamberton Clark, really fought in the Continental Army, as a member of the Connecticut Militia....

5 Stars

Andi Unstoppable - An Andi Boggs Novel

This is a fun third installment to the Andi Boggs series. In this story Andi and Collin are participating in their school's birding group. While trying to be the first student in class to spot the elusive Kirtland warbler Andi instead spots...

4 Stars

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies - American Revolutionary War Adventures, #1

I really liked that this is a war and patriotism book for kids. It is so hard to explain patriotism to the young. The American Revolution is so important to America's history and why we have the freedoms we have today. I loved that the auth...

5 Stars

Pillars of Fire - An Ether Novel, #2

I liked Pillars of Fire so much that I am giving it a four out of five due to the fact that it kept me interested in the storyline. And, I liked that the story itself flew from beginning to end with no slow parts in the middle that could ha...

4 Stars

Life Behind the Wall - Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure

Have you ever wanted to know how it felt to be a teenager growing up in Berlin…after Hitler killed himself? What about during the time when the wall was just built? Or even when it finally opened the borders to everyone? If so I recommend y...

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Andi Under Pressure - An Andi Boggs Novel

In the first book in this series twelve year old Andi Boggs and her older sister are sent to live with their eccentric aunt after their parents die. In this second book Andi is settling in to her new life. She and her best friend Colin Cart...

4 Stars

Below the Surface - A Code of Silence Novel

Ok so this was even better than the others and I am so sad to see the series end. I hope that the author gets a new contract and we get to see more of these guys. We finally get out onto the Getaway! Yup that boat in book one! It has been r...

5 Stars
  • Author: Tim Shoemaker
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Kids: Middle Grade, Suspense: Mystery, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

Vero Rising - An Ether Novel, #1

The author of this tale has created a good beginning to a series of books, yet it does have a major drawback to it. The pacing of this tale drags this story down to a walking pace and takes forever to get going. Even when you get to the act...

3 Stars

Andi Unexpected - An Andi Boggs Novel, #1

Andi Unexpected, written by Amanda Flower, is the first in a new middle-grade mystery series. In Andi Unexpected, twelve-year-old Andi Boggs discovers evidence of her forgotten namesake, a missing relative, which leads her into a family mys...

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Wrestling with Tom Sawyer - The Enchanted Attic Series

I really liked Wrestling with Tom Sawyer. Not only did the kids get to meet Tom Sawyer, but they also used magic to bring him to the present. I thought that it was funny how stuff had changed. Tom did not know a lot of the inventions and Op...

5 Stars

The Hidden Deep - Threshold Series, #2

THE HIDDEN DEEP is the second book of the Threshold series. Ms. Kinde does not fail. She wrote a very descriptive sequel. You get to know the characters from the first book so much better. I liked this book more so than the first. It has mo...

4 Stars
  • Author: Christa J. Kinde
  • Review by: Bemiown
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Kids: Middle Grade, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

Season of Change - Sisters in All Seasons

I will definitely be looking into getting the rest of the “Sisters in All Seasons” series. Season of Change, like all the others, is a good, clean and quick read for tween girls and parents. This series is also great because you don’t need...

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Blue Autumn Cruise - Sisters in All Seasons

I had to snag books one and two from the used bookstore! You do not want to read this unless you have read those first! I loved meeting the other family members. This book and series would be a great read for those in the middle to the lowe...

4 Stars

Back Before Dark - Code of Silence

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Again I didn't realize that this was a book 2 but I think I did pretty well even though I haven't read Code of Silence. So this one is about the same cast and crew from Code of Silence. They rid...

5 Stars

Saving Moby Dick - The Enchanted Attic, #2

Saving Moby Dick was a good story with a good pace. How the twins and Walter deal with Captain Ahab, how the characters develop and interact with the people around them really makes the story work well. Having read Facing the Hunchback of N...

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Winter's Tide - Sisters in All Seasons

I really enjoyed this Young Adult novel and feel that many young teenagers can find things to relate to in this story. The characters were easy to like and I found myself being transported back to their age again – seeing everything through...

4 Stars
  • Author: Lisa Williams Kline
  • Review by: Diana Coyle
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

Wild Horse Spring - Sisters in All Seasons

This is the second book in the Sisters of all Seasons series. While it is not necessary to read the first book to be able to follow this story, it does help support the information in the second book. Again the book reads with the sisters t...

4 Stars
  • Author: Lisa Williams Kline
  • Review by: Isis
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult, Kids: Middle Grade
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

Summer of the Wolves - Sisters in All Seasons

This is the first book in what looks like to be a new series from this author. Each chapter, which consists of a couple of pages, speaks from either Diana’s voice or Stephanie’s voice. I appreciated this style of writing because it allowed...

4 Stars
  • Author: Lisa Williams Kline
  • Review by: Isis
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Young Adult, Kids: Middle Grade
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame - The Enchanted Attic, #1

L.L. Samson puts a very interesting spin on things in The Enchanted Attic: Facing the Hunchback. What I liked most about the book was the blending of different character personalities from Linus to Ophelia to Walter to Cato and, of course,...

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Halflings - A Halflings Novel, #1

When I first saw the cover of Halflings, by Heather Burch, I knew I needed to read it. Right from the start the deep and vivid colors grabbed me. When I got my hands on a review copy, I was ecstatic. I’d seen some varying reviews, so I was...

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  • Author: Heather Burch
  • Review by: Books4Betty
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

Rise Above: A 90-Day Devotional - Soul Surfer Series

In this devotional book Bethany offers all teenagers a life line during such a hard time in their life. Dealing with and triumphing over her own tragedy gives teenagers and adults alike the inner strength that can only be found in a relatio...

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  • Authors: Bethany Hamilton, Doris Rikkers
  • Review by: Angibabi4
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Religion & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends - Soul Surfer Series

The openness of Bethany astounds me. There was no question that she was afraid to answer in her companion to her devotional book. I found her answers to be forthcoming, and in some cases heart rending as she answers her fan letters in this...

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  • Authors: Bethany Hamilton, Doris Rikkers
  • Review by: Angibabi4
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Religion & Spirituality
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz

The Last Martin

Martin has a lot to worry about. His mother is a slightly insane germaphope who worries about everything and his father is living in the past while reenacting civil war battles. Also, the girl who he really likes doesn't know he's alive. No...

5 Stars

Shoebox Sam

Shoebox Sam is a delightful children's story deftly told by Mary Brigid Barrett and beautifully illustrated by Frank Morrison. A humble yet profound teacher, Shoebox Sam shows his young friends Delia and Jesse the power of helping treat wha...

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  • Authors: Mary Brigid Barrett, Frank Morrison
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz