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TFK Reads: Greystone Secrets: The Strangers

July 23, 2019

Greystone Secrets: The Strangers is the first book in a new series from author Margaret Peterson Haddix. The story opens with a mystery, and takes many twists and turns as it races toward a conclusion. The Strangers is one of…

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TFK Reads: Rocket to the Moon!

July 16, 2019

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. That’s the NASA mission that first landed people on the moon. In the graphic novel Rocket to the Moon! , Don Brown tells the story of the mission…

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Out of this World

July 12, 2019

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy (now Cape Canaveral), in Florida. Four days later, Apollo’s lunar module landed at its destination. When Neil Armstrong emerged, he made history as the first person to…

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TFK Reads: Other Words for Home

July 9, 2019

Other Words for Home is a novel in verse, or a book-length poem that tells a story. It’s about a Syrian refugee who’s trying to build a new life in a place where most people don’t look like her. Other…

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TFK Reads: To Night Owl From Dogfish

July 3, 2019

To Night Owl from Dogfish isn’t written by one best-selling author—it’s written by two. Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer teamed up to tell the story of two girls who go to summer camp together. To Night Owl From Dogfish…

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Sisters, Spells, and Strikes

June 28, 2019

Stacy and Gina don’t get along. They’re rivals on the baseball field. Gina is the star player on an all-star team. Stacy is on the underdog team, which hasn’t won a game all season. The girls also can’t stand each…

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TFK Reads: Pie in the Sky

June 25, 2019

Pie in the Sky is part novel, part comic book, with a dash of cookbook thrown in. It’s the story of two brothers who move to a new place where they feel like they don’t belong. Together, they find refuge…

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TFK Reads: We're Not From Here

June 18, 2019

Have you ever looked at the night sky and imagined creatures living on planets far from Earth? In We’re Not from Here, author Geoff Rodkey dreams up a world inhabited by aliens that look like giant mosquitoes. We’re Not from…


Books for All

June 6, 2019

Charnaie Gordon reads a lot of books. She writes about diverse children’s books on her website, Here Wee Read. Publishers send her books to review. She reads many of them with her 6-year-old daughter, Madison, and her 5-year-old son, Barrington.…

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American Flavor

May 22, 2019

Biscuits and chocolate gravy are breakfast food in Arkansas. Immigrants from Somalia, in Africa, make meat-stuffed pastries called sambusas in Minnesota. In North Dakota, bees produce about 34 million pounds of honey a year. These are among the delicious little…