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Mo-Reading: The Very Unfortunate Wish of Melony Yoshimura

In addition to being extremely strict, Melony Yoshima’s immigrant parents are overly protective. They say they want to keep her safe from the Amanjaku, an evil spirit that preys on children. Melony thinks that is just an old Japanese folktale and doesn’t believe them. Frustrated with her boring and overly controlled life, Melony makes a wish on her twelfth birthday for excitement, adventure, and freedom. She also wants a smart phone, which is just as [...]

By |2023-06-26T13:12:16-04:00July 5th, 2023|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo-Reading: Frankie and Amelia

  It's Autism Awareness Month and if you’re looking for a great MG book with neurodiverse characters, try Frankie and Amelia by Cammie McGovern. The story is told from the point of view of Frankie, a large Maine Coon cat. After being separated from his first family, Frankie learns to find food and shelter. But he doesn’t like fending for himself so, when he gets a chance to live with humans again, he takes it, [...]

By |2023-04-16T11:06:54-04:00April 17th, 2023|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: Attack of the Black Triangles by Amy Sarig King

  12-year-old Mac has been raised by his mother and grandfather to stand up for the truth. When his 6th grade class are given copies of Jane Yolan’s The Devil’s Arithmetic for a literacy unit, he’s shocked to see some words are blacked out.  He and his friends, Denis and Marci, buy a copy at the bookstore to find out what has been censored. When they discover the word "breast" has been blacked out, they're [...]

By |2022-10-29T11:49:53-04:00November 2nd, 2022|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: Drawing Outside the Lines by Susan Austin

  Happy Book Birthday to Drawing Outside the Lines!  In 1883, after a journey from Oakland, California to Brooklyn, New York on the Transcontinental Railroad, eleven-year-old Julia Morgan (known as Dudu to her family) got to walk on the newly completed Brooklyn Bridge. She was awestruck by that engineering marvel which was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time. Her mother tolerated Julia’s obsession with structures and construction techniques when she was a [...]

By |2022-08-13T14:31:59-04:00October 18th, 2022|Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Happy Book Birthday to Monster Club!

  Happy book birthday to MONSTER CLUB by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel! Almost everyone calls Eric "Doodle" because he doodles a lot. And he's so good at it that he got  into Mark Twain Middle School for the Gifted and Talented. His favorite thing to draw is Brickman, a fighting monster he designed for the game he and his best friend, Yoo-Hoo created. They, along with three other friends play it during lunchtime. They [...]

By |2022-09-11T17:25:34-04:00September 13th, 2022|Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: The Einsteins of Vista Point by Ben Guterson

Eleven-year-old Zack Einstein and his family have moved to Vista Point so his parents can open a bed-and-breakfast. They want a fresh start in a new place because a few months before, the youngest Einstein was killed in an accident. Zack blames himself. If only he had stopped his little sister Susan from chasing after the kitten, she wouldn’t have been hit by a car. Zack can’t forget that fateful day and his role in [...]

By |2022-08-20T15:46:46-04:00August 25th, 2022|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: The Other Side of the River by Alda P. Dobbs

  In 1913, thousands of Mexicans, including 12-year-old Petra Luna, her six-year-old sister, one-year-old brother, and her grandmother cross the Rio Grande into Texas to escape the violent civil war in Mexico. They stay in an overcrowded refugee camp with little food and a smallpox outbreak. When the revolutionists take back the Mexican border town, the refugees are given the option to go back to Mexico or get a job in the United States. Petra [...]

By |2022-08-13T14:30:49-04:00August 12th, 2022|Book Launch, Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor

Aurora can be a bit too much; too much talking, too much activity, and too much volume. Frenchie, on the other hand, doesn’t talk at all. Aurora likes that about Frenchie. She doesn’t have to worry about interrupting him, like she tends to do to everyone else. After Frenchie and his mother Gracia move in next door, he and Aurora become best friends. They spend hours hiking through the Maine countryside with Frenchie silently bird [...]

By |2022-07-13T15:51:49-04:00July 1st, 2022|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading- Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown

What a coincidence that I just finished reading Dream, Annie, Dream in which the University of Kansas Jayhawks win the NCAA championships in 1988, and the Jayhawks soared through March Madness to win again this year! Seventh-grader Annie and her dad are big fans of the Jayhawks, partly because her dad is a math professor at the University of Kansas and partly because Annie loves to play basketball. Even though she’s barely five feet tall [...]

By |2022-04-19T17:23:49-04:00April 19th, 2022|Mo Reading|0 Comments


This fabulous historic novel is coming out September 14th, just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15).  But this isn’t just a good Hispanic Heritage story, it’s a great story that tells the hardships that all refugees face, no matter what dangers they’re running from. In 1913, the revolutionary war is raging in Mexico. Twelve-year-old Petra Luna’s father has been conscripted into the Federal army against his will and may never return. [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:24:59-04:00September 10th, 2021|Book Review, Mo Reading|1 Comment
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