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Looking for something to read? Here, TFK Kid Reporters review four noteworthy books of 2020.

When Stars Are Scattered

This graphic novel by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed tells the true story of two brothers who live in a refugee camp in Kenya. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have fled a war in their home country of Somalia. I find this book to be very inspirational. Even though they are kids, the boys deal with many adult problems. The brothers stick together, no matter what life throws at them. —By TFK Kid Reporter Miguel Madero

Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid

Mikaila Ulmer is a 15-year-old entrepreneur. She’s created a healthy version of lemonade made with honey, which she sells all over the country. She donates a portion of the proceeds to bee conservation. In Bee Fearless, Mikaila shares her story and offers business tips. Readers will love learning how Mikaila’s business grew and what she’s doing to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. —By TFK Kid Reporter Abby Rogers

Condor Comeback

In Condor Comeback, nature writer Sy Montgomery follows conservationists as they care for endangered California condors. They’re the largest flying North American land birds and are revered in Native American culture. The text alternates between an exciting story and complex science that will appeal to nature lovers. Can scientists revive the condor population? Read Condor Comeback to find out! —By TFK Kid Reporter Jeremy Liew


Eleven-year-old Max loves his abuelo’s stories of Mañanaland, a place where dreams come true. Max dreams of making the fútbol team and finding his missing mamá. When Max discovers a secret, he sets off for Mañanaland in search of answers. On the way, he gains something more precious than a spot on the team. I love this book by Pam Muñoz Ryan because each page is different and interesting. —By TFK Kid Reporter Afton Campbell