2020-12-13

Wild Symphony by Dan Brown, illustrated by Susan Batori

Published by Rodale Kids Summary:  Maestro Mouse is your guide through this musical romp starring the animal kingdom.  Each page includes a poem or two about the featured animal, concluding with a sign held by Maestro Mouse offering a lesson that can be derived from the poem.  Sharp-eyed readers will also spot letters in each […]

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2020-12-01

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Published by Jimmy Patterson Bos (Little, Brown) Summary:  Round One: Cassius Clay’s friend Lucky and the rest of Cassius’s friends and family are awaiting the results of the 1958 Golden Gs championship.  16-year-old Cassius is in Chicago, 300 miles from his home in Louisville, KY.  The phone rings, and the story shifts to Cassius’s voice, […]

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2020-11-18

Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty

Published by Random House Bos for Young Readers Summary:  When Felix and Benji find a wallet belonging to billionaire Laura Friendly, they return it–after first “borrowing” $20.00 to buy themselves hot dogs and ice cream.  As a reward/punishment, Ms. Friendly offers the boys $10 million.  But there’s a catch: first they have to spend $5,368,709.12 […]

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2020-11-16

Love Is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Published by Candlewick Summary:  Mari and her mother get out crayons and poster board to make signs: “Be Kind”, “Love Is Powerful”.  From their apartment, they can see crowds gathering in the streets.  Mom explains that they are sending a message to the world.  “How will the whole world hear?” asks Mari.  “They’ll hear because […]

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