The Forbidden Library

I finished listening to this book, The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler - I wanted to know what happened! - but I didn’t love it. Wexler is a good writer, his plots and characters are engaging. I’m just not sure I like the message / world view he communicates. Alice had a privileged childhood until... Continue Reading →

The Shadow Children

I really wanted to like The Shadow Children by Steven Schnur. But I did not. Set just after World War II in rural France, it could have been beautiful, sweet and touching. I think the author tried too hard and crossed the line into confusing, strange and a touch weird. It was sad too, strangely... Continue Reading →


Maya is having a tough year. Fifth grade is hard enough, especially at the private school she attends in San Francisco. But recently, school has become increasingly difficult because Maya has a secret. She and her family are homeless. Maya doesn’t even want to tell her best friend, Abby. She’s not sure why. Abby knows... Continue Reading →


Hazel’s life has completely changed. Her father is gone. Her mother is working all the time. And now Hazel has to attend a different school. School is awful - except that her best friend Jack attends this school. He lives next door and they spend every day after school together. Suddenly, Jack stops talking to... Continue Reading →

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