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Friday, September 25, 2020

Just South of Home by Karen Strong

Just South of HomeJust South of Home by Karen Strong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book to my teen children. They both enjoyed it (and did NOT like Mrs. Greene though she did ultimately redeem herself). You can read their (short) reviews below.

R (13): It was really good and I want there to be a sequel. I liked the characters. The plot is very kid-friendly but still has a racial justice theme. My favorite character was Janie. 5 out of 5 stars.

J (17): I liked that it managed to be directed at children but still painted an effective picture of racial violence. Ellis is the best character. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Lilac Skully and the Haunted House by Amy Cesari

Lilac Skully and the Haunted HouseLilac Skully and the Haunted House by Amy Cesari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Lilac. She is definitely a character to feel sorry for... her lot in life isn't great. But she rises to the occasion and saves the day. Her work isn't done yet - be prepared to read the second book in the series as the first ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. I know I plan on continuing to read about her adventures. I recommend this book for all the "weird" middle schoolers you know... the ones who are a little different. Weird is wonderful!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney

 



Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: September 18, 2018
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Publisher's description:

Maps can show you where you are anywhere in the world! A beloved bestseller that helps children discover their place on the planet, now refreshed with new art from Qin Leng.

Where are you? Where is your room? Where is your home? Where is your town?

This playful introduction to maps shows children how easy it is to find where they live and how they fit in to the larger world. Filled with fun and adorable new illustrations by Qin Leng, this repackage of Me on the Map will show readers how easy it is to find the places they know and love with help from a map. 

My review:

I checked this book out of my public library. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

This edition has a different illustrator than the original print of the book. I am reading through all the books from the Build Your Library curriculum from Level 0 on up (this one is from Level 0) - at least the books my library has. This is the version my library had. It's a cute book - I loved the illustrations. 

I would recommend it for kids who like maps. It would go well with any educational unit on maps or geography.