Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

An excellent middle grade novel. Strong central character with a great voice. Stead artfully and insightfully explores the challenges of school, families, and friendship. She does so with humor and compassion. The twist at the end will force readers to rethink much of what preceded it.

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The Song of the Whales by Uri Orlev, Hillel Halkin (Translator)

As you obviously know by now, I am a hopeless book addict reader. As such I am incapable of going into to a library without checking out books. To make it easier on myself, and to please my family, I mostly check out children’s, young adult and short story type books.  That way there are not large stacks of books making me feel guilty because I know I will never read them all. It was on one such library trip recently that I saw The Song of the Whales.  The combination of the cover and...

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