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review 2020-06-26 03:09
Last Firehawk Book #8 - The Silver Swamp
The Silver Swamp - Katrina Charman

Audience: Early Elementary (1st-3rd)

Format: Ebook/Library Copy


Tag and Skyla stood in a dusty clearing and examined the magical map.

- first sentence

This is a cute story, with animal main characters who are on a quest. This is the first book of the series I read, but the kids at school love it. There is an introduction at the beginning of the book to remind kids what the characters are currently facing (the story continues from book to book).  The Branches books are a gentle bridge into chapter books for early readers. They still have pictures, but the stories are more complex and interesting. A great series for kids who like magical animals and adventure.

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review 2020-05-25 03:56
Pug's Snow Day by Kayla May
Pug's Snow Day - Kyla May



This is a cute story in the form of a diary written by Bub the pug. He hates water and loves peanut butter, but he especially loves Bella (his human girl). Another great Branches book for young readers - an early chapter book that kids will love, especially those who like animals. :)

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review 2020-05-22 03:26
Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel at Night - Mélanie Watt

Audience: Elementary

Format: Ebook/Library


Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps.

- first sentence



This is a very cute book. Scaredy Squirrel is a delightful character who kids can relate to. In this book, Scaredy faces his fears about night time and bad dreams. The book points out the importance of sleep in a kid-friendly way. The kids loved it!!

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review 2020-05-22 03:19
The Great Eggscape by Jory John
The Great Eggscape! - Jory John

Audience: Early Elementary

Format: Ebook/Library


Howdy! I'm Shel. An egg. How's it going?

- first lines




This is a cute book brought to you by the same people who brought you The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and the Cool Bean (Jory John and Pete Oswald). I read it to our library classes on Zoom last week and the kids loved it!

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review 2019-07-12 04:04
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Bob - Rob Dircks,Rebecca Stead,Wendy Mass,Nora Hunter


Audience: Grades 3-5

Format: Audiobook/Library Copy



I feel bad that I can't remember anything about Gran Nicholas's house.

- first sentence


Livy is practically 11, well... 10 & 1/2 (almost). She hasn't been to visit her Gran in Australia for five years. She has forgotten a lot of things: 1) A green stuffed elephant in overalls; 2) A net bag full of black chess pieces; 3) A clunky old tape recorder. But she also forgot something really, really important - Bob. 


Bob is a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit. He's been hiding in a closet, waiting five years for Livy to return. She promised him she would help him figure out who he is and find his way home.


Together Bob & Livy will try to solve the clues, figure out where Bob comes from, and discover unforgettable magic. The story is told through Bob & Livy's points of view in alternating chapters. It's the story of an unusual friendship that can overcome almost anything.


This is a great story and I loved both Livy and Bob. He remembers their early friendship and at first, is upset with her for forgetting. Eventually, we understand why she forgot and it makes perfect sense. Bob's sense of humor is hysterical and a bit sarcastic - it's great. And I wasn't sure what Bob really was or where he belonged until the very end. Though there were clues, they were just beyond my frame of reference.


This is another great Sunshine State Award-nominated book, especially good for fans of magical realism, or talking "animals," or even fans of friendship stories. I've seen this book in the library, but I wasn't interested. I'm not sure why. I guess I thought it looked odd. I don't know what I was thinking. That's why they say, "never judge a book by its cover." I'm very glad this book was nominated or I might never have read it.


I highly recommend this book!

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