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Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Aman and his mother escape Afghanistan with the help of Shadow, an Army sniffer dog, to live in England.  After living in England for six years, they are denied asylum and have to go back to Afghanistan.  Aman’s best friend … Continue reading

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Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. 212p. Harper Collins. 2000. ISBN:  978-0-06-440819-6. Homeless Bird, a National Book Award winner,  is a beautifully written story about a 13-year-old Hindu girl, Koly, living in India.  As is the custom, her marriage is arranged for … Continue reading

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Half-Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Can you imagine being a 13-year-old only child and having your parents tell you that you will soon have a new baby brother that’s an eight-day-old Chimpanzee ? How would you feel? Excited, angry? To make matters worse, your family … Continue reading

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Waiting for Normal

Connor, Leslie. Waiting For Normal. 290p. Harper Collins. 2008. ISBN:  978-0-06-089088-9.   Dear Addie, I’m pulling for you.  I liked you the moment I met you.  You are a 12-year-old girl who deserves normal.  Your Mom mostly drove me nuts-I … Continue reading

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney

Kinney, Jeff.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Greg Heffley’s Journal. 217 p.  Amulet.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-8109-9313-6. It feels almost silly writing a review of the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but a review has to … Continue reading

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Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Wiles, Deborah.  Each Little Bird That Sings.  247 p.  Harcourt.  2005.  ISBN 978-0-15-205113-6.Get your tissue box out. Meet Comfort.  She is a 10-year-old explorer, recipe tester, and funeral reporter, whose family owns, and lives in, the Snowberger Funeral Home in … Continue reading

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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Choldenko, Gennifer.  Al Capone Does My Shirts.  228 p.  Putnam’s.  2004.  ISBN 978-0-399-23861-1.Can you imagine living on a small island that is home  to some of the most notorious criminals?  Well, in Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko, … Continue reading

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