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            Overboard! by Terry Lynn Johnson; illustrations by Jani Orban Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the Pacific off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips.   Read More »

The Year of the Garden

              The Year of the Garden by Andrea Cheng ; illustrations by Patrice Barton “Follows perceptive, astute Anna as she strives to grow a perfect garden — only to realize that the garden she grows with her new friend is more than good enough, weeds and all”– Provided by publisher. Book 5 in the ... Read More »

Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong

              Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong by Tom O’Donnell ; illustrations by Tim Miller When Hamstersaurus Rex is wrongly blamed for destruction caused by Squirrel Kong in the school science lab, Sam Gibbs works to clear his friend’s name before Hammie is sent to a home for troubled pets. Book 2 in the Hamstersaurus ... Read More »

Compass South

              Compass South by Hope Larson ; illustrations by Rebecca Mock After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to ... Read More »

Age-Appropriate Books for Advanced Readers

When a child reads at a level typical of much older children, it can be difficult to find books that matches her comprehension skills without surpassing her developmental stage. The Children’s Book Council has created a list of 75 titles that bridge that gap. This Reading Beyond list is organized by the reader’s actual age and their target reading level. There’s ... Read More »

Carl’s Summer Vacation

              Carl’s Summer Vacation by Alexandra Day Although told to take a nap by her parents, Madeleine and her favorite canine companion, Carl, head out to explore their surroundings and have fun taking a canoe ride on the lake, picnicking under the trees, and eating tasty blackberries straight off the bush.   Read More »

P.S. Send More Cookies

              P.S. Send More Cookies by Martha Freeman After the girls of Flowerpot Cabin leave summer camp, they face challenges as Grace is volunteered to dogsit, Emma faces loss, Olivia’s brother starts a family feud, and Lucy’s father comes back into her life. Includes cookie recipes.   Read More »