Friday Barnes

By R.A. Spratt

“When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country – and discovers it’s a hotbed of crime! Soon she’s investigating everything from disappearing homework to the terrifying Yeti haunting the school swamp. But the biggest mystery yet is Ian Wainscott, the handsomest (and most arrogant) boy in school who inexplicably hates her. Will the homework be found? Can they ever track down the Yeti? And why is Ian out to ruin her?” Continue reading “Friday Barnes”

Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home

By Bridget Farr

“Twelve-year-old Pavi Sharma is an expert at the Front Door Face: the perfect mix of puppy dog eyes and a lemonade smile, the exact combination to put foster parents at ease as they open their front door to welcome you in. After being bounced around between foster families and shelter stays, Pavi is a foster care expert, and she runs a “business” teaching other foster kids all she has learned. With a wonderful foster family in mom Marjorie and brother Hamilton, things are looking up for Pavi. Then Pavi meets Meridee: a new five-year-old foster kid, who is getting placed at Pavi’s first horrendous foster home. Pavi knows no one will trust a kid about what happened on Lovely Lane, even one as mature as she is, so it’s up to her to save Meridee. With help from Hamilton, brooding eighth grader Santos, and Hamilton’s somewhat obnoxious BFF Piper, they set off on an important mission with life-changing stakes. Pavi will stop at nothing to keep Meridee from the home that still haunts her nightmares.” Continue reading “Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home”

Best Babysitters Ever

Book One

By Caroline Cala

Overview: This book was the funniest thing I’d read in a while. Malia may have “stolen” someone’s idea, but the rest of it is totally original and hilarious. Kids ages 10-13 will definitely love it. Content is fine for younger kids, but the reading level is more for tweens, and there is a lot of business lingo that younger kids may not be familiar with. Continue reading “Best Babysitters Ever”

Watch Us Rise

By Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Overview: I got this book and finished it within about two hours. It was so captivating to read, especially the Write Like a Girl blog posts and poems. I am crazy in love with these poems, too. They are super relatable and moving. I have never been so moved by a book in my life! I would recommend this to kids ages 13and up. I would love for younger kids to read it, but the content level is a little higher. Continue reading “Watch Us Rise”

I Am Princess X

By Cherie Priest

Overview: The mystery was so well written, and I was glued to my seat the whole time! The characters and relationships were well-written, and the art was so beautiful that now I want a full Princess X comic book! This book is great for kids twelve and up. It’s kind of a murder mystery, but other than that everything should be okay for younger readers if they are advanced. Continue reading “I Am Princess X”

Challenger Deep

By Neal Shusterman

Overview: I was blown away by this book. It was so thought provoking and well thought out. Even the way he structured the chapters told the story of Caden’s further progression into mental illness. The whole mood of the book was detached, and everything was all over the place, and yet somehow it made sense. I have no idea how Neal Shusterman was able to weave this masterpiece, but I am very glad he did. As for age level, I’d say grades seven and up. It is a pretty mature topic for younger kids, who might not be able to handle the ideas in this book about mental illness. It’s a little bit depressing too. Continue reading “Challenger Deep”

Pippa Park Raises Her Game

By Erin Yun

Overview: This is a super relatable story about a girl caught in her own web of lies as she tries to survive middle school. Pippa thinks and behaves like a real kid. Anyone grades six to eight would enjoy reading this book. The reading level is low, but middle schoolers will be more likely to relate to it. Continue reading “Pippa Park Raises Her Game”

Parked

By Danielle Svetcov

Overview: I loved this book! It was really sweet and gave me lots of hope. If these lovable characters can force their way out of homelessness, all of us can beat the Corona virus pandemic! Kids grades six and up would like this. The main characters are around 12, but even older kids will be able to empathize with the themes in this story. Continue reading “Parked”

Dry

By Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Overview: Wow wow wow. This book was insanely good. I’ve learned to expect that from Neal Shusterman, and I would definitely recommend checking out some of his other books too. The premise was interesting and captivating, and I really enjoyed the way the story progressed. I think anyone grades six and up would enjoy this book. It is a definitely a higher reading level, and it definitely gives you a lot to think about, but the content is relatively tame. There is a lot of death described and some bad words, but other than that it’s okay. Continue reading “Dry”