Wolf Hollow

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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Grades: 5+
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦
One of the best books I have read in quite some time, Wolf Hollow is a beautifully written and gripping story set in the shadow of WWII. When a bully moves to town events are set in motion that put Annabelle’s loyalty and sense of what is right to the test. Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, this suspenseful tale is a must read.

The Enemy Above

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The Enemy Above by Michael P. Spradlin
Grades: 5-7
Rating: ♦♦♦♦
Quite a few excellent middle-grade books have been written about WWII recently and this one did not disappoint. When Anton’s family is forced to flee their Ukrainian hometown, they hide in a network of underground caves. The fast-paced story unfolds through the narration of Anton and the German officer determined to make the country Judenfrei.
We received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

Just Like Me

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Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
Grades: 4-6
Rating: ♦♦♦
This cute story set at a sleep-away camp follows a young girl grappling with her identity as the adopted Chinese daughter to Irish and Italian parents. Through a mix of traditional narrative and letters, Just Like Me delves into friendships, competition, and learning that there is more to people than what they present on the surface.

 

The Thing About Jellyfish

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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Grades: 5+
Rating: ♦♦♦♦
This beautifully written chapter book brings the reader into the complex world of Suzy, a girl in middle school whose one-time best friend recently drowned. Ali Benjamin deftly weaves several story and time lines to expose Suzy’s social awkwardness,  the backstory behind Suzy and Franny’s relationship, and Suzy’s obsession with proving her theory that a jellyfish sting must have been the cause of Franny’s death. We definitely recommend this one for strong middle-grade readers.