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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick


I was at the library with my kids when this unusually thick children’s book caught my eye. Someone at the library had placed a Caldecott sticker on the spine, and I thought it was odd that a novel would win an award for its pictures, so I picked it up and was fascinated by the vivid pencil drawings throughout the book. 182 more words

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


I’m not sure what I was expecting this book to be about, but it was full of surprises. I read this aloud to my older two children, and they both enjoyed it. 326 more words

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Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas

I received an email from someone at Bethany House Publishers letting me know about this digital novella that is available for FREE on Amazon. I love free things, so I downloaded it last week and got around to reading it today. 95 more words

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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella lives in a kingdom with giants, elves, ogres, centaurs, and fairies. One unthinking fairy gives Ella the “gift” of obedience when she is born. Any order she is given must be obeyed immediately or she suffers physical distress. 269 more words

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Stuck Together by Mary Connealy


This was my first time to read a book by Mary Connealy, but it won’t be my last. Stuck Together is actually the third volume in her Trouble in Texas series, so I’ll have to go back and read the first two books– 371 more words

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Undetected by Dee Henderson


I finished reading this book almost two weeks ago but have been debating how to write a review without revealing what happens. I am usually disappointed when a book ends because I want to know what happens later in the characters’ lives. 306 more words

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