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1. A New Book to Spark an Interest in World War II History

INTO THE KILLING SEAS is a fictional retelling of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the waning days of World War II.

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2. Witches Protection Program, by Michael Phillip Cash | Dedicated Review

If you’re looking for a good fantasy book to transition from the young adult genre into the new adult genre, Michael Phillip Cash’s Witches Protection Program is your next read.

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3. Tuxedo’s Tales: Little Pearls of Wisdom from a Horse’s Point of View | Dedicated Review

Tuxedo’s Tales is packed with sweet teachable moments and has a strong emphasis on friendship. This book offers the kind of wisdom kids can use on a daily base.

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4. Five Family Favorites with J&P Voelkel | Authors of the Jaguar Stones Series

The following titles are favorite middle-grade read-alouds, books that inspired our own books.

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5. Top Historical Fiction Books That Sweep Away Barriers Between Then and Now

Any author will tell you that one of the questions we get asked the most is What are your favorite books? When it comes to historical fiction, coming up with a short list is pretty much impossible.

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6. 5 Amazing Middle Grade Books | Selected by Kelly Jones, Author of Unusual Chickens

I'd recommend these middle grade novels to kids who enjoy ... [a] strong voice and humor and who might like a peek into someone else's world.

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7. My Writing and Reading Life: Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson writes for Nick Jr. including such shows as Tickety Tock, Bob the Builder, and Zack and Quack, as well as for BBC children’s programming.

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8. Magic Animal Friends 1-4

Magic Animal Friends #1 Lucy Longwhiskers Gets Lost. Daisy Meadows. 2015. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Lily Hart stepped into the long yard, breathing in the scent of the dewy grass. In the distance, nestled behind a grove of trees, was the barn her parents had turned into the Helping Paw Wildlife Hospital. 

 Lily Hart and Jess Forester are best, best friends. After following a magical cat, Goldie, these two have adventures in Friendship Forest where they meet plenty of lovely animals. But it isn't all sweetness, for, these two also meet some unlovely creatures who threaten the magical world. The villains (get ready to boo and hiss) are Grizelda, the witch, and her team of Boggits. (The boggits are super annoying.)

The first book in the series introduces readers to the characters and to Friendship Forest. There is even a map. The girls do have a complete adventure, involving rescuing a bunny, Lucy Longwhiskers. The book ends with a promise of more adventures in the future...

Magic Animal Friends #2 Molly Trinkletail Runs Away. Daisy Meadows. 2015. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Jess Forester and her best friend, Lily Hart, were in the kitchen of the little house where Jess lived with her dad, finishing their lunch. "I'm so full!" said Lily, patting the front of her T-shirt. "Your dad's pizzas are amazing." Jess grinned. "It's lucky you live across the road so you can come over whenever he makes them." 

Jess and Lily have a second adventure in Molly Twinkletail Runs Away. The two are once again visited by Goldie the Cat and invited to return to Friendship Forest. I can't remember if they know of Grizelda's next schemes before they visit, or, shortly after. Regardless, the two find themselves in a position once again to save Friendship Forest from the nasty, evil villains. And saving Friendship Forest, of course, involves also saving at least one cute, lovely animal.

Magic Animal Friends #3 Ellie Featherbill. Daisy Meadows. 2015. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]

"Peep! Peep!" "Dad," Lily Hart called, "the ducklings are hungry!" "Give them some seeds to keep them happy," her dad said, clearing the work table where he treated sick animals. "I'll check on them in a moment." 

A third adventure. What can I say? The two girls, Lily and Jess, go with Goldie the cat, once again to Friendship Forest. They meet more cute, lovely animals. Of course, there's danger and an opportunity for these two to be heroes once more.  Grizelda and the Boggits always have to be stopped before the end of the book...


Magic Animal Friends #4 Bella Tabbypaw in Trouble. Daisy Meadows. 2015. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Lily Hart couldn't tear herself away from the box of kittens her dad had just brought into the examining room. Neither could her best friend, Jess Forester. 

A fourth adventure. Lily and Jess must save an oh-so-precious but mischievous kitten in this one. In addition they also have to save Friendship Forest again.

Did I enjoy reading these series books? I can't say that they're recommended reading for adults. Recommended for adults to read aloud, perhaps. But the books are much too predictable and over-the-top in preciousness to read for the fun of it. I can easily imagine this series as a cartoon series from the early nineties.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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9. Off the Page, by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer | Book Review

Fantasy meets reality in Off the Page, a romantic comedy written for the young adult audience by New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and coauthor, Samantha van Leer.

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10. How Do Award Judges Feel About the Books They Were Unable to Honor?

Best YA and Middle-Grade novels selected by Pete Hautman. His latest book is Eden West, the story of a boy growing up in an isolated doomsday cult in Montana.

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11. Emma Pass, Author of The Fearless |Selfie and a Shelfie

This is Emma Pass in front of her favorite bookshelf, with her latest novel, The Fearless (Delacorte Press, April 2015).

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12. Promise of the Wolves, by Dorothy Hearst | Book Review

Young or old, those looking for a unique and observant story will fall in love with spirited Kaala, rooting for her fight to keep the bond between humans and wolves alive.

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13. Screaming at the Ump, by Audrey Vernick | Book Review

Screaming at the Ump will appeal to both boys and girls who are interested in sports (especially baseball), and journalism, coping with the transition to middle school, or dealing with family conflicts.

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14. Sophie and The Finn: Secret of the Box | Dedicated Review

Sophie and The Finn: Secret of the Box is the second book in author J. Peter Clifford’s mystery series about Erica Stafford—a spunky seventh grader who has premonitions and often finds herself embroiled in risky adventures—and her two loyal dogs, Sophie and The Finn.

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15. The Art of Writing About Villains

I’m not sure if there is an “art” to writing about villains, but I do find that to write convincing and three-dimensional villains, one must be sympathetic to their plight.

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16. Best Selling Young Adult Books | May 2015

With so many strong novels on this list, a lot remains the same on our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult list.

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17. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | May 2015

It's true TCBR readers are fans of Greek myths! That's why, this month, the National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology is The Children's Book Review's best selling middle grade book.

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18. Six Spins on Historical Fiction YA Novels

Young Adult novel writers are putting their spin on historical fiction, covering historical mysteries, contemporary historical reinterpretations, steampunk, historical romances, and more.

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19. Best Selling Young Adult Books | April 2015

With so many strong novels on this list, everything remains the same on our hand-picked list from the Best Selling Young Adult list—including The Children's Book Review's number one best selling young adult book is The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, a classic must-read for all Greek mythology fans.

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20. Loop, by Karen Akins | Book Review

It’s the twenty-third century, and while time travel is the norm, along with pesky robotic tru-ants and the ability to identity check through hair strands, there are still some things from the past that will never change, including mid-term assignments.

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21. Juicy Jack Adventures: Meet the Wild Pack, by Leigh Carrasco | Dedicated Review

It’s summer vacation time for BT and his mom. They are going to visit BT’s grandmother, Abuela in Spanish, at her farm in Peru and this time Jack, BT’s guinea pig, gets to go with them.

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22. My Writing and Reading Life: Paige McKenzie, Author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

PAIGE MCKENZIE, the face of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, is thrilled to have the chance to bring her unique voice to life in a book series.

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23. Beloved Books to Inspire 12-Year-Olds | Shared by Author K.E. Ormsbee

"These stories kept me up way past my bedtime and still hold places of honor on my bookshelf."

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24. Children’s Book Author Django Wexler Combines Computer Science and Creative Writing

Django Wexler is a self-proclaimed computer/fantasy/sci fi geek. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked in artificial intelligence research.

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25. The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander | Book Review

This is a book young people will probably want to read more than once, both for the themes in the story and for the author’s storytelling. It will appeal to middle grade readers who like sports – especially basketball – and coming of age stories.

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