Reviews and Blog Posts: families

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly

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Poor Calpurnia is living in a time when girls must learn to sew and cook and wear their hair all fancy in order to become good wives. Instead, Calpurnia would like to be a naturalist like Charles Darwin. She and her granddaddy have been collecting specimens and writing observations about...

Slob

by Ellen Potter

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Owen is the fattest kid in school. It wasn't always that way, but things have changed for him recently. Owen has a lot to figure out. Luckily, he's got a near genius IQ, and a knack for inventing things, like a receiver that can pick up TV signals from the...

Chasing Windmills

by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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4

17 year-old Sebastian lives a sequestered existence in his father's New York apartment, able to relieve his loneliness only by sneaking out after midnight. Locking eyes with a bruised woman on a late night subway train, he chases the unexpected, electric charge of attraction and embarks on a journey that...

Molly and her dad

by Jan Ormerod

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Molly's dad lives a plane ride away. When the other kids at school talk about their dads, Molly tells fabulous stories about hers. Finally, Molly's dad comes to visit and he isn't everything Molly had remembered or imagined. He calls her funny nicknames, he's loud, and he cooks pizzas that...

Waiting for normal

by Leslie Connor

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Addie and her Mommers have just moved to a new part of town - to a busy corner in a little trailer. Addie likes small spaces and new places so she thinks it will be okay. She can still play flute in school and makes friends with the people over...

Martha in the middle

by Jan Fearnley

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Martha is the middle child. Clara is so big and sensible. Ben is the cutesy-wootsey baby. What about Martha? Isn't she big and sensible AND cutesy-wootsey? When Martha decides to run away from home, a wise frog shows her that the middle can be the best. This story is sweet...

Uncle Bobby's wedding

by Sarah S Brannen

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Bobby is Chloë's favorite uncle. They do all kinds of fun things together. She's afraid that when he gets married to Jamie, he'll forget about her. But having two uncles just means twice the fun, and getting to be a flower girl at the wedding! Chloë learns that being in...

Brendan Buckley's universe and everything in it

by Sundee Tucker Frazier

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Eleven-year-old Brendan Buckley is a lot of things: an aspiring scientist, a tae kwon do warrior, and the child of a biracial marriage. He had a great relationship with his father's dad, but he's never even met his mother's father, and he's not sure why. When they accidentally meet up...

The Willoughbys

by Lois Lowry

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The Willoughby family has four children: there is Tim, the eldest; Barnaby A and Barnaby B, the twins; and Jane, the girl. There are also some disagreeable parents. The Willoughbys are a very old-fashioned family that reads lots of old-fashioned books. One day the children decide that if they were...

Bringing in the New Year

by Grace Lin

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In Grace Lin's bright and simple picture book, the whole family gets involved to prepare for Chinese New Year. On each two-page spread, a member of the family demonstrates New Year duties. Jie-Jie sweeps the old year out, Ma-Ma makes the dumplings, Auntie wakes the dragon. Is it time for...

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