by Sharon Draper REALISTIC Hands-down one of the best life-changing books you’ll ever read. Action, fantasy, adventure, friendship, excellent writing — this book has it all! by Victoria Jamieson REALISTIC / COMING OF AGE / GRAPHIC NOVEL Growing up, Imogene (aka. Her journey is painful and honest as she figures out who she wants to be.Narrated by Melody, we learn what it’s like for her, trapped in a body with cerebral palsy that doesn’t allow her to speak or take care of herself. Impy) always loved her family’s part in the Renaissance Faire . It’s narrated as a hero’s journey which, with the faire background and middle school drama, feels perfect. Not only are the stories compelling, it’s vitally important for kids to learn what it’s like to be an immigrant, particularly a refugee. Because empathy is learned from stories like these.But the prince, when he does appear, sees cold and unfriendly making Miri reconsider what she wants. But as he develops a relationship with his master and learns what being a Ranger is all about (spying for the kingdom), and comes to embrace his new life.Then, when bandits take over the school and hold the girls hostage, Miri finds her inner strength and clarity of purpose. When an old enemy of the kingdom sends out dangerous beasts to attack Will’s master, Will is instrumental in getting help and killing the creatures. Even though she gets her dream to work in the faire as a squire, she also just wants to be like the other girls at her school, too.The cloned kids know they can’t stay in the town anymore but how can they escape when the minute they reach the border, they experience violent pain and guards surround them? by Chris Grabenstein ADVENTURE (series) Kyle and a few classmates win a sleep over at the new town newly created library by game-creator Mr. Will the kids work together or will it be every child for himself?(Next in the series: Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson HISTORICAL (series) You might ask yourself, why read one more book about the unjust life for African Americans in the southern United States.But it’s an unjust kingdom, and Hob, a young spy and commoner boy in her service, wants things to change.
Gatz skillfully connects all three stories with a satisfying, realistic conclusion. Neff FANTASY Don’t miss this excellent first story in a new series.Hob will face doing what he’s ordered or following his heart.Plots within plots, twists and turns, make this an enthralling new fantasy adventure.Except one baby who she adopts for her own; a special baby named Luna who is accidentally infused with moon magic.It’s also the story of the baby’s magical, bereaved mother, a wicked witch who feeds off sorrow, a woodcarver who wants justice, and most of all, Luna.“ by Stuart Gibbs SCI FI (series) (series) review written by 11-year old JJ This series was AMAZING! I can never turn down a good, realistic sci-fi PLUS murder mystery. It was placed in 2040 and their second-in-command had died.