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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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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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River

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.

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Cape

By Kate Hannigan

Book Source: library

Book Status: available

I don’t remember who but one of my author friends was talking about how good this book was. When we saw it on library shelf, we grabbed it.

1. Superheroes are real. Oh and the girls are the superheroes.

2. It has graphic novel images mixed through out the book.

3. You learn about WW2 and the secret home jobs people held.

4. You learn about how people were discriminated based on where they were from. Kind of sad we still act this way.

5. There is a lot of adventure.

6. Their super powers are so cool. I don’t know which one I would want to be

7. A very diverse base of characters

8. If you like puzzles they are mixed into the book.

9. And Kate Hannigan has said she turned in book 2, so there is more to come.

10. This is the longest list I have written about a book. There is something in this book for everyone