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Great School Stories (if You’re Home From School)

  • CHILDREN'S

    SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN

    JAN. 26, 2016

CHILDREN'S

SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN

by Crystal Allen ; illustrated by Eda Kaban

Nuanced depictions of friendship coupled with larger-than-life and fully three-dimensional characters make this delightful... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    WAYSIDE SCHOOL BENEATH THE CLOUD OF DOOM

    MARCH 3, 2020

CHILDREN'S

WAYSIDE SCHOOL BENEATH THE CLOUD OF DOOM

by Louis Sachar ; illustrated by Tim Heitz

Ordinary kids in an extraordinary setting: still a recipe for bright achievements and belly laughs. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    A HIGH FIVE FOR GLENN BURKE

    FEB. 25, 2020

CHILDREN'S

A HIGH FIVE FOR GLENN BURKE

by Phil Bildner

Beleaguered tolerance strikes out; loud, proud love wins the game. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SMALL MERCIES

    FEB. 4, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    AMAL UNBOUND

    MAY 8, 2018

CHILDREN'S

AMAL UNBOUND

by Aisha Saeed

Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed’s timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE

    FEB. 4, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE

by Shelley Pearsall ; illustrated by Xingye Jin

An uplifting story of friendship, kindness, and new ways of seeing. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    THE USUAL SUSPECTS

    MAY 21, 2019

CHILDREN'S

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

by Maurice Broaddus

Readers will love watching these two uniquely gifted black boys explore the complicated tensions between impulses and... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    PIE IN THE SKY

    MAY 14, 2019

CHILDREN'S

PIE IN THE SKY

by Remy Lai ; illustrated by Remy Lai

Like salted caramel, a perfect balance of flavors, this deftly drawn story is a heartfelt treat. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SAL & GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE

    MARCH 4, 2019

CHILDREN'S

SAL & GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE

by Carlos Hernandez

This book, drenched in Cuban Spanish and personality, is a breath of fresh air. Full review >

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