Category Archives: tweens

Week 10: Amulet: The Stonekeeper

Book summary: After losing her father in a tragic car accident, Emily’s family works to put the pieces together. But two years later find them packing for a house that has been in her mother’s family for years. Warned that the … Continue reading

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Week 5: The Red Pyramid

Book summary: Carter and Sadie Kane aren’t really looking forward to the Christmas Eve trip to the British Museum with their father. Carter goes to far too many museums, as he lives with their Egyptologist dad; Sadie considers herself a city … Continue reading

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Week 9: Castles: Old Stone Poems

Book summary: Castles: Old Stone Poems takes us on a lyrical tour of (mostly European) castles. The poems capture a bit of the history of the castles, the places they are, and the people who lived in them. The illustrations are beautiful; … Continue reading

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Week 6: One Crazy Summer

Book summary: In the tumultuous summer of 1968, Delphine and her two younger sisters travel from Brooklyn to Oakland to visit their absentee mother, Cecile. Charged (as always) withe the care of the other girls, Delphine is determined that they should … Continue reading

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Week 5: The Grimm Legacy

Book summary: Elizabeth Rew seems to be living the Cinderella life: she’s invisible to her father, her stepmother treats her like a second-class citizen, her stepsisters want to share only what is hers, and she’s an outsider at her school. And … Continue reading

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Week 7: Aliens Are Coming! Then True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

Book summary: Before television, families gathered around the radio to listen to concerts, news, and stories. Mercury Theater, featuring Orson Welles, was one such “show” that was popular. This book tells the story of the most famous radio broadcast in history, … Continue reading

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Week 4: Little Blog on the Praire by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Book summary: When her mother signs the family up for Camp Frontier for the summer, Genevieve is sure she must be joking. Once she’s being fitted for her pantaloons (yikes!), Gen must face the reality – she is in the … Continue reading

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