With the talent show looming and the class brimming over with ideas, Clementine struggles to find her own hidden gifts. Loosely limned line drawings add the perfect comic touch to this second story about the irrepressible imp.
Hour by hour, minute by minute, excuse by excuse, Moxy has not done her summer reading and it's the last day of vacation. Short chapters, wacky “photographs” taken by her brother, and a cheeky heroine add zippy appeal to this beginning chapter book.
Lonnie writes loving letters to his sister Lili who is in a different foster home. Dion Graham captures the warmth and longing that Lonnie pours out, fully realizing the lyricism of Woodson’s writing. Ages 10-14.
Cynthia Holloway’s crisp reading of this book puts the listener right on the New York streets with savvy Miranda as she puzzles over the strange happenings among her friends, the actions of a vagrant, and a series of mysterious notes. Holloway’s young voice and skillful presentation ring true. Ages 10-14.
This coming of age story in the Alaskan wilderness sparkles to life with an inspired narrator and cast, bringing listeners the magic of living close to nature and traditional Alaskan beliefs. Survival drama abounds, complete with injured sled dogs and raging storms. Hearing the images in this book of diamond-shaped verses may be even effective than reading them. Ages 10-14.
A fast paced tall tale, both humorous and moving, concerns Homer’s search for his brother sold into the Civil War, an odyssey in which he encounters a traveling medicine show, the Underground Railroad, and hot air balloons among many other adventures.