Life of a Firefly

The Incredible Adventures and Mostly True Stories of Sandy Forte
By Sandra Brown-Lindstedt

In a sidenote intended to properly describe her apparent children’s book, Life of a Firefly (illustrated exquisitely by Suzanne Groat), Sandra Brown-Lindstedt says simply and ingenuously that it is “particularly suited for ages 8–12.” I’m afraid that’s like saying To Kill A Mockingbird is at...

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A Deep Place of Grace

By Nancy Dort Rossow

A Deep Place of Grace by Nancy Dort Rossow is a delightful pre-teen/young adult novel that traverses the topics of diversity, bullying, self-confidence, courage, and fear. Neeley Mahoney is a twelve-year-old girl in the deeply conservative city of Lincoln, Nebraska at the end of the...

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Safe at Home

By Gregory Saur

Safe at Home is a baseball adventure novel for young adults and preteens written by Gregory Saur. Dominic Lewis had a dream. He actually had a few dreams, despite the difficulties he’d experienced in his short life. His mom worked two jobs to support him,...

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Finding Freckles

Diary of My Best Friend: Horsing Around
By Molly Lawson

Finding Freckles: Diary of My Best Friend: Horsing Around, Book One is a children’s adventure novel written by Molly Lawson. Emma Williams lived with her mom in Nigel, a small town in South Africa. While her mom was looking forward to Emma attending university when...

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Solis

By Chrystal Eve Jackson

Chrystal Eve Jackson has an otherworldly friend named Solis. Solis is always there when she needs her and teaches her very important lessons along the way. Grabbing her trusty camera, Chrystal heads off with Solis as she learns important things to remember such as don’t...

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Braidy von Althuis

And the Changeling Children
By Cassidy Dwelis

Braidy von Althuis and the Changeling Children is a work of fiction in the fantasy, paranormal adventure, and family drama sub-genres, and was penned and illustrated by author Cassidy Dwelis. In the fourth book in this exciting and creepy middle-grade series centering on protagonist Braidy...

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Frank

By Ece Gurler

So, you think your family’s not perfect. Have you ever thought that you should seek out another family to call your own? Perhaps you’re adopted and you’re concerned that your adopted family no longer wanted you. Or, perhaps you didn’t know you were adopted and...

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The Bully Brigade

The Turn Over
By Tamala Floyd

The Bully Brigade: The Turn Over is a social issues novel for children, grades 4-6, written by Tamala Floyd. Petey, Diego, Ruthie, Pudge, Bustah, and Charlie are Misfit Elementary’s bully brigade. They have a thing about bullying and the misery bullies inflict upon their victims,...

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Jocki MacTavish

By Albert Marsolais

Jocki MacTavish by Albert Marsolais is an intriguing tale set in a fishing village in Scotland in 1705. Jocki is a humble, hardworking 11-year-old boy who cleans his family’s tavern, assists the town’s doctor, and cares for homeless cats. Jocki becomes very concerned when the...

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Invisible Victim

By Coleen Liebsch

There is so much one can do on the computer, from surfing the net to chatting with friends you’ve never met, and so much more. It’s scary, really. And then there’s the growing unease around cyberbullying. Bullies have existed since the beginning of time, but...

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