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© Jordan B. Nielsen, 2012

The Tiger Rising

By Kate DiCamillo


One Word Summary: Radiant


Oh Kate, you’ve done it again. The words ‘Kate DiCamillo’ are becoming more than just a name, but a state of being.


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The Firefly Letters

By Margarita Engle


One Word Summary: Thin.


The writing is strong, and the foundation in superb, but in the end, I won’t remember much from this story.

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The Orange Trees of Versailles

By Annie Pietri


One Word Summary: Perplexing.


I find it extremely curious that this subject matter was ever considered as fitting material for a middle grade children’s book.

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Bud, Not Buddy

By Christopher Paul Curtis


One Word Summary: Timeless.


It’s deeply heartening to know that there are still writers out there who are creating works like Bud, Not Buddy.


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The Book of the Maidservant

By Rebecca Barnhouse


One Word Summary: Dry.


Is there a child in your life who loves unspecific Medieval history, Christian epics, and finds the woes of the serving class fascinating?

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