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A Galaxy of Sea Stars

By Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Book Source: ARC provided by author to read and review

Book Status: Available February 4, 2020

Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. After I reviewed RUBY IN THE SKY and interviewed her, she sent a thank you that included a copy of her upcoming book. Every other kid gets excited about Raina T., And Dave P., but I’m AAALWAYS excited about this kind of books!              Ok now………….

On with the review!!

1. It’s about friendship problems. ( I mean trios never work out, do they?) The problem is friendships evolve even you don’t want them to change. You can fight it but it only makes things worse.

2. It is about being a new kid and being very different from your new surroundings.

3. It is about parents dealing with really hard things and not being fully honest with the kid. Parents aren’t perfect and sometimes they think they are protecting the kid but they aren’t.

4. It is about facing your fears and doing something that terrifies you. I experience that with track cycling. Riding the track is terrifying but I love it. I still have to push myself through and just do it.

5. All together it tells a story middle graders can relate to. It covers bullying, friendship, families, new kids, changes, middle grade and so much more.

Overall I really liked this book. Ok I loved it but that isn’t why you should read it. I hope you read it because the topics it covers interest you. But first you have to preorder it and wait….

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Girl under a red moon

By Da Chen

Book Source: provided for review

Book Status: available

Well, this book needs to be read with a class. I’m warning you. It’s gruesome at the end. It’s also good and cool in the middle.

1. It’s told by the little brother instead of the main character.

2. I think is an autobiography, cause the little brother’s name is the same as the author. Update it is listed as autobiographical.

3. It’s real thing that could happen.

4. It’s how friendships can be ripped apart by a truth and a lie.

5. It’s a really cool book, but I’d rate it PG 13 if I had too. So take heed if my warning, cause you neeeeeeeeed an adult to explain the stuff.

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Surprising Stories behind everyday stuff

Book Source: provided for review by Media Masters Publicity

Book Status: Available

1. It’s reeeeeaaaaaaaaalllllllllyyyyyyyyy fun and silly.

2. It’s nonfiction.

3. The story’s are weird like how the….. Oh let’s say….. How people give baby names.

4.Trust me, it’s hi-la-ri-os.

5. This book is just sooo great.

6. It is also very interesting to find out the story behind stuff we use and do everyday.

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Jennifer Swanson

Twitter and Instagram — @JenSwanBooks


When you were my age (10), did you like to read? I loved to read mysteries. I read every single Nancy Drew book that was written at that time, and also the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden series. I also gobbled up nonfiction books like crazy. I was very interested in learning about the world around me.

What is a book that made an impact on you? This is a tough one. There are so many. I have to say the one book that really showed me that I could tackle tougher physics and engineering topics for kids is a book called A Black Hole is NOT a Hole by Carolyn DeCristofano. It’s so well-written and deals with the very complex topic of black holes in an interesting and easy to read manner.

Is it hard to come up with book ideas? You write about real things so where do your ideas come from? (Lil Bro – why write about car safety for kids? I like it but most kids are not interested.) I am a very curious person. I started a science club in my garage when I was 7 years old. I wanted to learn more about how things worked in our world. My intense curiosity has followed me my whole life. I come up with ideas, just by wondering… “how does that work?”

As for why I wrote about cars, I actually do believe that kids are interested in cars. I remember playing with Hot Wheels with my brothers as a kid and then watching my own kids do it. This book was inspired by my interest in the self-driving car. I would really like to drive one some day, but most of all, I think it is amazing how much techonolgy and engineering must come together to get this to work. Wow!

In researching your books, what is coolest thing you have done or encountered? I am very lucky in that I get to cool places and meet amazing people in my research. I have been to NASA, Brookhaven Laboratory — where they have a small particle collider, the Field Museum in Chicago, and most recently to CERN the home of the large hadron collider in Geneva, Switzerland. That was the coolest thing I have done, so far.

Is there a new or lesser known author you think kids should be aware of?
There are alot of great authors out there. If you like science and technology, I encourage them to go into the library and spend some time in that section. Find books that are engaging and exciting. There are tons of them there! If you want to find some great books about STEM, I encourage you to check out a blog that I run: STEM Tuesday. It is split up into different topics so you can search it. There are even some fun activities to do on your own or with your class, too.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read a lot of books. And also try to keep a journal. I did that as a child. I wrote down my thoughts and ideas. It’s fun to look back on that now. Just have fun with writing.

As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that?I do hear from my readers and that is one of my favorite parts about being an author. I get pictures and letters from them. A lot of the time they tell me about their favorite part of the book. They ask me questions and sometimes tell me how they were inspired and now want to become a scientist or engineer. That is awesome!

If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be? Harry Potter without a doubt. I mean who wouldn’t want to live in that creative, exciting world with magic?

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My seventh grade life in tights

By Brooks Benjamin

Book source: purchased

Book status: available

I started to read this book this summer after meeting Brooks but it didn’t click. I picked it up this week now that I am track cycling training. It made a lot more sense because like the main character I am doing something not normal for kids my age.

1. It’s about a boy who’s dancing.

2. It’s about a friendship thing that happens in real life.

3. It’s about how the boy, Dillon, has to keep his dancing with his friends a secret, because of his dancing with a different person, with a different style.

4. It’s about a person controlling his life to make him a better candidate for the dance competition.

5. It’s just a really good story for kids who have a desire to do something that isn’t popular to follow their heart. Be who you are, not who someone else thinks you should be .

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By Elisha Cooper

Book Source: provided for review

Book Status: Available

1. This book’s illustrations are perfectly beautiful!!

2. It’s a poem-like book that is really cool.

3. It shows how, when you’re traveling down the Hudson River, what can and probably will happen.

4. It has maps in the front and back, that show the Hudson River, and her stops along the river.

5. It’s just a really pretty book!

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Kiki & Jax: the life-changing magic of friendship

By Marie Kondo

Co-written and illustrated by Salina Yoon

Book Source: purchased

book status: available

1. If you like Salina Yoon, get this book! RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!!

2. If you’re a messy kid, this book doesn’t just give you ways to clean, it gives you reasons!

3. It’s just a really cute story!

4. This book is short, so if little kids read it, it gives them the lesson at an early age. ( Well, now I sound like a doctor……)

5. You learn about friendship and about being tidy. So two lessons in one book.

6. If you know Salina, you know there are lots of things hidden in the illustrations. Penguin, Floppy, Bear, Dino and Pinecone all make appearances. An interview with Marie Kondo also revealed Salina even hid her daughter’s items.