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The Witch’s Boy

the witch's boy coverThe Witch’s Boy  by Kelly Bramhill
Recommended for: grades 4 – 6

In his village, Ned’s mother is known as Sister Witch. She has been the guardian on an ancient, unruly magic which somehow attaches itself to Ned.
In another kingdom lives Aine, daughter of the Bandit King. Aine loves her father, but he has changed since her mother died. Now he leaves Aine alone while he builds a following of fellow bandits and plans to gain Sister Witch’s powerful magic.
Distrusting each other when they meet, Ned & Aine learn they need each other to survive their quest to cross the enchanted forest between their two kingdoms. They encounter good and evil on their journey and are torn between their budding friendship and loyalty to family. Will their kindness and courage be enough to resolve all the obstacles they face on their quest? Can Ned keep control over the magic he possesses? Can Aine trust Ned’s goodness to overcome the forces against them?
Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Quinny and Hopper

Quinny and Hopper coverQuinny and Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen
Recommended for: Grades 3 – 5

Quinny Bumble is very talkative, loud and friendly. She just moved from New York City to the country and is missing her many friends. Hopper is smart, quiet, cautious and has no friends. Can these two be friends? Other colorful characters include two younger sisters, two bullyish twin brothers and a lonesome, stylish, black and white striped chicken that won’t be caught.
Quinny and Hopper begin a friendship, but can it survive the start of school and Hopper’s fear of being rejected? This is a fun and amusing story of two unlikely friends.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Loot

Loot coverLoot by Jude Watson
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 7

March watches his father Alfie McQuinn, a famous jewel thief, fall to his death during the theft of a special moonstone. Now alone in the world, March knows he must quickly move on. Following his father’s last words, March learns that he has a twin sister.  Together they decide to go after the rest of the “cursed” moonstones and eventually learn why Alfie didn’t want them to find each other until after their 13th birthday.
Loot is a fast-paced adventure, as March, Jules and their new friends Izzy and Darius race to steal back the other six moonstones, while trying to avoid capture and death.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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El Deafo

El Deafo coverEl Deafo by Cece Bell
Recommended for: Grades 4-6

When Cece was 4, she got very sick and lost her hearing. This graphic novel memoir describes Cece’s journey through elementary school as she tries to make friends, learns how to lip read and use her hearing aids, and finally accepts herself and her deafness. You’ll recognize yourself in Cece’s first crush, friendship troubles, and feelings of not fitting in. But you’ll also learn a lot about what it is like to be hearing impaired. I thought this book was funny, interesting, and touching. If you like other graphic novel memoirs like Smile or The Dumbest Idea Ever!, or if you like stories that give insight into the world of disabilities and differences like Wonder, then give El Deafo a try.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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No Ordinary Day

No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis
Recommended for:  Grades 4 and up

The best day of Valli’s life is the day she finds out she is an orphan.  She knows she is free to leave the “family” she has been suffering with in Jharia, a poor, coal-mining town in India.  Valli escapes to Kolkata, and becomes a street beggar.  She eventually learns that she has leprosy, and finds the help she needs to move on to a better future.  Although Valli’s life sounds depressing, this is an uplifting book.  Valli is a fun and adventurous heroine, with a realistic but positive world view.  You never feel sorry for Valli; you root for her.  I couldn’t put this book down, and if you are a fan of the author’s Breadwinner books, you won’t be able to, either.

Recommended by: Mrs. Waring

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