The Candy Smash (The Lemonade War Series)

Jessie and Evan Treski have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial, and even unmasked a bell thief. Now they are at opposite ends over the right to keep secrets. Evan believes some things (such as his poetry) are private. Jessie believes scandal makes good news. When anonymously sent candy hearts appear…

Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All

Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All I am the Book Bear and I approve of this message. My oldest daughter, an intermediate grade reader, and a lot of her friends love and relate to the protagonist of this book. Eighth-grader Nikki Maxwell is already more than a little cynical. “I’m definitely not the kind of…

Varian Johnson’s Saving Maddie Keeps Readers Turning Pages

Saving Maddie does not need to be saved,” wrote one amazon reviewer. “The book will do well and be enjoyed by many people because there is something in it for everyone.” With nuanced characters, Varian Johnson author of My Life As A Rhombus,  and  Red Polka Dot in World Full of Plaid offers a realistic treatment of…

An Abundance of Katherines: “Challengingly complex and entirely entertaining”

“Imagine an operating room at the start of a daring but well-rehearsed procedure and you will have something of the atmosphere of ”An Abundance of Katherines”: every detail considered, the action unrolling with grace and inevitability.” -New York Times Book Review “Green follows his Printz winning Looking for Alaska (2005) with another sharp, intelligent story….