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Middle Grade Review: The First Rule of Punk

22 Nov

32050089Synopsis: It’s the first day in a new school a thousand miles away from her dad, best friend and everything she knows and loves and Malu is nervous. After a tough day (violating the school dress code, upsetting the school’s queen bee and so much more), Malu has disappointed her mom… yet again. Malu is nothing like the daughter SuperMexican (as she calls her mom) wants her to be – she hates cilantro, loves punk music and zines, and just wants to move back home.

But, with some courage from her dad she creates her own band of outcasts and learns that following the beat of your own drum is most important! There’s just one thing… her mom doesn’t know about the band and Malu’s pretty sure she’s not going to be happy when she finds out! Continue reading


Book Review: Wishtree

16 Nov

33158525.jpgSynopsis: “It’s hard to talk to trees. We’re not big on chitchat.” And so begins a story that will make you look at trees differently. Written from the perspective of Red Oak – a tree that has lived in the neighborhood for over 200 years, this is the story of friendship, acceptance, and love. The Wishtree was named as such because each year neighbors and friends come and attach wishes to the tree using scraps of fabric and paper.

When a new family moves in next door the Wishtree feels compelled to speak aloud to help the young girl make new friends (and fulfill her wish). But when some people in the community start harassing the family for being different the Wishtree knows that more needs to be done and he might not be able to save the day.
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Picture Book Month: Dinosaurs

10 Nov

10“Everyone in town knew Edwina.” She was a friend to everyone – the kids playing in the park, the little old ladies crossing the street and if you didn’t fall into one of those groups – she baked chocolate chip cookies for everyone! The only problem was that Edwina was a dinosaur. And dinosaurs were extinct!

Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie was very smart and knew that dinosaurs were extinct, now he just had to convince everyone else… and Edwina herself! This is a fun story for adults and kids alike (and if you serve it up with a batch of ooey-gooey, right-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, you’ll be in for a treat!
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Book Review: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

9 Nov

52Synopsis: The large Vanderbeeker family has only known life in a brownstone on 141st Street, so the five kids (and their parents) are heartbroken when they find out their mysterious and cranky landlord who lives upstairs will not be renewing their rent after Christmas. The kids take on the challenge and over the course of 11 days, they do everything in their power to not only save the only home they’ve ever known, but to get to know their landlord at the same time.

With gifts, petitions, research and the help of pretty much the whole neighborhood, this is the story of what it means to be a friend and what home truly is.

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It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? 11/6/17

6 Nov

As expected long days at work, plus an awesome KidLitCon left me with very little extra time for reading this week. I finished The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser – and all I can say is I would love to live in the Vanderbeekers brownstone in Harlem with lots of love and family exploits, plus neighbors who rally together when you need it. I also read The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez about a spunky girl who wants to be punk, but also must figure out how to combine all the parts of who she is – sometimes being two halves doesn’t always feel like it makes one whole.

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