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Breakout by Kate Messner - Blazer Tales Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is what is happening in Wolf Creek, a town that lives in the shadows of the Wolf Creek Correctional Facility. It is the end of the school year and all Nora can think about is Field Day, sleepovers with her best friend Lizzie, and swimming in the creek. All of that changes when two inmates from the prison escape and turn this quiet little town into a national media frenzy. Suz Reviews: Summer Reading 2018 Foundryside This book starts off a new series with some very interesting characters and a lot of room to add others. The world is built on the ruins of a former civilization and the founders are using the scraps of what they have learned to create some amazing and some awful things. The protagonist, Sancia, is a thief - but readers will be very sympathetic to her as they learn more of her backstory and come to see why she is isolated, loath to touch anyone, and desperate to escape from her current location. She is not one of the fortunate who work directly for the Founders, and definitely not a member of one of the Founder families. So she has little hope of survival in their world of mechanical marvels that seem to run on magical inscriptions built into the mechanisms.

All About Adolescent Literacy The Fairview Review: Summer Reading 2018 Illegal This is fictional story made from pieces of what refugees truly experience as they make their way from Africa to Europe. People who attempt the journey make their way across Africa, through the Sahara until they reach Tripoli. They save their money and pay for a ride across the desert. Once they reach the port city, they must find passage on a boat or ship to cross over to Europe. If they make it across the Mediterranean, they are taken to refugee centers and must find a way to make a living and meet up with family members who have made the journey before them. For this account, readers follow a boy named Ebo as he tries to find his brother Kwame and join him in the journey to Europe to reunite with their sister Sisi.

Harry Potter Reading Club Your 2018 summer reading guide for kids and teens - Blog It can be tricky to keep young children and teens entertained for the summer, and it can be even trickier to entice them to crack open a book. But luckily, we’ve rounded up our picks for the most enticing reads that are sure to keep the boredom at bay, from adventures in the sun, fantastic journeys across the seas, page-turning mysteries, blockbuster fantasies and more. For celebrating being comfortable in your own skinJulián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Ages 4 to 8) “A boy named Julián and his abuela hop on the subway, where he sees three glamorous women dressed as mermaids. . . . Once home, the inspired Julián makes his own mermaid costume.

BookPage The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily A tender, unique story of connection > Teen / Teen Fiction / Romance Mix medieval romance with present-day Texas teens, and you have a recipe for a romance that sparkles with acceptance and a keen insight into what defines a person in a relationship. Thunderhead Blog — Kid Lit Frenzy Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Storyby Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceCalkins Creek/Boyds Mills Press (September 19, 2017) Description from GoodReads: In the years following the Civil War, -Arctic fever- gripped the American public, fueled by myths of a fertile, tropical sea at the top of the world. Several explorers attempted to find a route to the North Pole, but none succeeded. YALSA's Teen Book Finder App & Database YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free online database and app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access nearly 4,000 titles recognized YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone. Have an Android phone? Download the Android version now! Have an iPod Touch or an iPhone?

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