Go Time: 8 of the Best Family Vacations for Spring and Summer

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UPDATED June 13th, 2018 It’s spring! Finally! And while this warmer, sunnier and more cheerful season is a welcomed change from winter for many people across the country, it also comes with its own challenges, like planning the best family…

Secret Saturdays

Secret Saturdays By Torrey Maldonado Putnam Juvenile • 2010 • 195 pages Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN 978-0-399-25158-0 Ages 10 and up What does it mean to be a man? Living in the hardscrabble neighborhood of Red Hook, in New York City,…

How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over

How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over By Julia Alvarez Random House • 2011 • 145 pages Paperback ($6.99) ISBN: 978-0-375-87320-1 Ages  8-12 In the final entry in the Tía Lola series, families are reconfigured, a mystery is solved,…

The Trouble with Half a Moon

The Trouble with Half a Moon By Danette Vigilante Putnam • 2011 • 181 pages Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN: 978-0-399-25159-7 Ages 9-12 Like most 13-year-olds, Dellie has a lot on her mind: school, parents, friends, and boys. But Dellie's…

Starfields Book Review

Starfields By Carolyn Marsden Candlewick Press • 2011 • 224 pages Hardcover. ($15.99) ISBN 9780763648206 Ages 10 and up At the center of this well-written novel is nine-year old Rosalba, a Mayan girl who lives with her family in…

A Thunderous Whisper

A Thunderous Whisper By Christina Diaz Gonzalez Knopf • 2012 • 304 pages Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN: 978-0-375-86929-7 Ages 10 and up With this new book, the author of The Red Umbrella (Knopf) continues to chronicle the lives of children…


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Wonder By R.J. Palacio Knopf • 2012 • 320 pages Hardcover ($15.99) ISBN: 978-0-375-86902-0 Ages 10 and up August Pullman, better known as Auggie, is about to start 5th grade in a new school. Up until now, he had been homeschooled…

The Revolution Of Evelyn Serrano

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The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano By Sonia Manzano Scholastic • 2012 • 224 pages ISBN: 978-0545325059 Hardcover ($17.99) Ages 10-14 Like Pam Muñoz Ryan, who so beautifully and eloquently captures the essence of the Mexican-American…

Love, Amalia

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Love, Amalia By Alma Flor Ada & Gabriel M. Zubizarreta Atheneum • 2012 • 127 pages ISBN: 978-1-4424-2402-9 Hardcover (15.99) Ages 8-12 Love, Amalia is an arrow aimed right at the heart of upper-elementary grade school girls.…

The Wild Book

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The Wild Book By Margarita Engle Houghton Mifflin • 2012 • 133 pages ISBN: 978-0-547-58131-6 Hardcover ($16.99) Ages 10-14 A good number of us have had some experience with the topic of this book, so I will share mine: One of my…