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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Posted by Sherry on 7/22/2016 in 2011, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Peter Nimble is a blind orphan and a thief. His other senses are, of course, exceptionally sharp and perceptive. When he steals a box with three sets of magical eyes and receives a quest to travel to the Vanished Kingdom and rescue the people there, Peter Nimble is challenged beyond anything he has ever experienced […]

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The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

Posted by Sherry on 1/20/2014 in 2011, Children's Fiction, General |

Kathryn Erskine’s middle grade novel Mockingbird, about a girl who has Asperger’s Syndrome, won the National Book Award in 2010. The Absolute Value of Mike is about a boy with a math learning disability whose father is a math and engineering genius and wants him to be one, too. Mike’s father is a little bit […]

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Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur

Posted by Sherry on 11/6/2013 in 2011, 2013, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

This middle grade fiction book is an odd little ghost story about a girl who finds herself unexpectedly transported into the past and about her little brother Lucca, who’s three years old and doesn’t talk. Siena’s family is moving from the city, Brooklyn, to coastal Maine in hope of jolting Lucca into talking again or […]

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There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Posted by Sherry on 4/6/2013 in 2011, Christian Fiction, General, Ireland, Romance, Young Adult Fiction |

The INSPY Awards are blogger-initiated book awards for fictional literature that grapples with expressions of the Christian faith. The awards were given in several categories in 2011, including the category of “literature for young people”, and I got to be judge in that category. The INSPY Awards took a break in 2012, but they’re back […]

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The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman

When thirteen year old Sophie, bored with her life in the summer of 1960 in rural Louisiana, wishes for a magical adventure, a nameless, capricious, ghostly creature sends her 100 years into the past to the year 1860 in Louisiana, just before the outbreak of the Civil War. Sophie gets a lot more adventure than […]

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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

Posted by Sherry on 4/26/2012 in 2011, Children's Fiction, General |

I finally got a chance to read this third book in the Penderwick series, and I can tell anyone who hasn’t already read it that it’s just as good as the first two books about the Penderwick family of four girls—Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty—having adventures and growing up. In this particular installment of the […]

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Newbery Boy Appeal

Posted by Sherry on 4/16/2012 in 2011, Children's Fiction, General, Newbery Project |

Around Newbery Award time I heard a lot of buzz about the middle grade/young adult novel Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt had already received two Newbery honors for his books Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and The Wednesday Wars. So people who really liked Schmidt’s most recent book thought it was […]

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Breadcrumbs by Anne Orsu

Posted by Sherry on 4/14/2012 in 2011, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

“I believe that the world isn’t always what we see. I believe there are secrets in the woods. And I believe that goodness wins out. So, if someone’s changed overnight—by witch curse or poison apple or were-turtle—you have to show them what’s good. You show them love. That works a surprising amount of the time. […]

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Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Posted by Sherry on 2/9/2012 in 2011, Fantasy Fiction, General, Young Adult Fiction |

I can’t count this one for my North Africa Challenge, but the geography and culture of this fantasy world sort of felt like North Africa–or the American southwest: desert winds, adobe houses, camels, cowls and robes, a language related to Spanish or Portuguese. The story itself reminded me of Dune, not just the desert setting […]

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Love Twelve Miles Long by Glenda Armand

Posted by Sherry on 2/8/2012 in --February, 2011, Children's Fiction, General, US History Project |

How long is a mother’s love for her son? Twelve miles long. Frederick’s mama must walk twelve long miles to visit her son who lives in slavery in the master’s Big House while his mother toils far way in the fields. Mama measures her journey in twelve miles of forgetting, remembering, listening, looking up, praying, […]

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