When a Student Has a Secret

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This book is about when a student has a secret and has to find a way to move forward.  I don’t want to give too much away!  I read this book several years ago and found my review this week.  It got lost in all the other “stuff” I have going on.  Sorry, I didn’t share it then, but the…

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When Your Friends Are Wealthier

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Today I have a book that tackles the problem of when your friends are wealthier than you are.  Income disparity and spending differ by family and tweens need to confront the reality that they don’t have all the same things as their friends.  How do kids manage when they are developing their identities and don’t always feel confident?  It’s an…

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Following Basketball Dreams

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Today’s book is about following basketball dreams.  Zayd is obsessed with hoops, but his parents prefer the violin.  When kids don’t have the time for everything, how does a family decide what to pursue?  It isn’t always so easy to decide. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email so that you don’t miss…

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Can Business and Friendship Mix?

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Today I have a book that answers the question “Can business and friendship mix?”  While I won’t give away the answer I will say that this book goes way beyond your neighborhood lemonade stand.  Let’s just say the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on Poplar Lane! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email…

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Early Chapter Book About Facing Your Fears

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Today I have an early chapter book about facing your fears.  Leo is not fond of the monster under his bed, but when the two get to talking, well, things start to work out alright.  Really monsters aren’t all that bad, and after Leo’s monster gets a name, he and Fred are a real team. Don’t forget to follow One…

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My Favorite Early Chapter Book Series Is Back

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My favorite early chapter book series is back!  Oh, happy day.  Lulu is the perfect selfish little brat who will charm the pants off readers.  She always comes around in the end in her own unique style, leaving the lesson brought home but her personality intact. I can think of no other early chapter book series quite as fun and…

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How Girls Can Become Bold, Brave and Fearless

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Today I have a book about how girls can become bold, brave and fearless!  This is an adaptation of an adult book for women and provides some wonderful examples for girls on how to be proactive in their lives.  Risk taking and failure are part of the prescription, which can be scary for anyone, but the authors give strategic examples…

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Medieval Fantasy Full of Adventure and Humor

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Today I have a medieval fantasy full of adventure and humor.  I have been reading a greater than average number of books set in medieval times these days and I am beginning to think it may be the trend of 2018!  Given that these books are high on the action scale you will get no complaints from me. Don’t forget…

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Medieval Treasure Hunt and Adventure

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Today I have a book that is a medieval treasure hunt and adventure.  This book absolutely surprised me in the best way and I was completely caught up in both the story and characters.  However, while the old-fashioned language and the religious elements didn’t throw me off, they might give some pause to kids.  I hope they are able to…

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What Makes Us Pretty?

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Today I have a book that challenges the notion of what makes us pretty.  I published this review several years ago, but I was reminded of the book when it showed up on my daughter’s high school summer reading list.  This one may have been first published in 2005, but it remains as relevant today as it was 13 years…

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