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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…

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On a Mission

May 17, 2019

Middle school is difficult already for Jesse Broadview. Her mom is in Iraq with the military, and Jesse doesn’t have many friends. But her life gets even more complicated when someone steals money from the school library. Jesse’s dad, the…

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The New Kid

May 10, 2019

The Next Great Paulie Fink is a book about middle school. But it doesn’t take place in a typical school setting. Caitlyn and her mom move from their suburban town to a rural community in Vermont. There, Caitlyn begins attending…