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Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink

★★ ½ Disappointing and yet marginally charming. How far I've come! I'm the same girl and yet not the same. I wonder if it's always like that? Caddie Woodlawn, a fiery redhead growing up in Wisconsin in the 1800s, has always been a tom boy. Her mother is at her wits end but her father enjoys his daughter's plucky… Continue reading Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink

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Seedfolks – Paul Fleischman

★★★★ The word "paradise" came out of my mouth, without thinking. An old Romanian woman keeps a keen eye on the neighborhood. Her suspicious glance falls upon a young Vietnamese girl squatting in a vacant lot, poking at the ground. Upon further inspection, she realizes that the young girl was planting lima bean seeds. You have to have faith, especially… Continue reading Seedfolks – Paul Fleischman

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The Gifts of the Animals – Carole Gerber & Yumi Shimokawara

★★★★ The gentle beasts of sky and earth prepare their stable for Christ's birth. Everyone knows that in a little stable in Bethlehem, Christ is born...but what happened before that? How did the manger get its straw? Was there a little pillow for His head? In this sweet and charming Christmas tale, we learn how the animals… Continue reading The Gifts of the Animals – Carole Gerber & Yumi Shimokawara

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Crazy Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan

★★★★ ½ I know the average outfit in your wardrobe costs more than a semester of tuition at Princeton, but it makes you look like a community college during summertime: NO CLASS. Rachel Chu managed to (unwittingly) snag one of the most eligible bachelors - Mr. Nicholas Young, heir to an obscene fortune. And they are ready… Continue reading Crazy Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan

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Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves – Annemarie Riley Guertin

★★★★★ As she slept, a strong gust of wind shook her from her cozy nest...Little Redbird tumbled out and fell onto the cold, hard ground. Poor little Redbird is injured just before winter sets in and she is desperate. "May I live in your warm branches until spring returns?" She tries a silvery-white birch, an oak… Continue reading Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves – Annemarie Riley Guertin

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Have Sword, Will Travel – Garth Nix & Sean Williams

★★★★ Odo and Eleanor did not set out to find their destiny. At best, they were hoping for eels. Odo and Eleanor, best friends, plan on going eeling in the mostly dried up river near their village. While going through the sludgy river bed, something rather unexpected happens. Odo and Eleanor screamed as the sword erupted out… Continue reading Have Sword, Will Travel – Garth Nix & Sean Williams

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

★★★★★ My letters are for when I don't want to be in love anymore. They're for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I'm not longer consumed by my all-consuming love...My letters set me free. Lara Jean has had plenty of crushes. Plenty. And she's fallen in and out of love with said crushes without them… Continue reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han