About the authors

Suzanne Lieurance Suzanne Lieurance

Suzanne Lieurance is an author, freelance writer, writing coach, speaker and workshop... 

Jacqueline_Woodson_by_David_Shankbone Jacqueline Woodson ~ Author of Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson (born February 12, 1963) is an American writer of books for children... 

John_Green_by_Gage_Skidmore John Green ~ Author of The Fault in 0ur Stars

John Green is a New York Times bestselling author who has received numerous awards,... 

malala Malala Yousafzai ~ Author of I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever... 

bjnovak B.J. Novak ~ Author of The Book with No Pictures

B.J. Novak graduated from Harvard University in 2001. Afterward he moved to Los Angeles,... 

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About the books

locket The Locket by Suzanne Lieurance

Galena, an eleven-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant, lives in New York City with her family and works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory with her older sister Anya. The factory pays low wages and has terrible working conditions, making Anya yearn to join a union. Soon a horrible fire guts the factory leaving Galena with painful, horrific memories.... [Read more of this review]

browngirldreaming Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her... [Read more of this review]

fault The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and... [Read more of this review]

malalabook I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 8, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316322407 ISBN-13: 978-0316322409 A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE “I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.” When the Taliban took control of... [Read more of this review]

bookwithnopictures The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like... [Read more of this review]

wimpy1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney ~ Author/Illustrator

Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they? An exciting and innovatively illustrated series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to. It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing... [Read more of this review]

Friendship Friendesha The Friendship Friendesha

Kiley loves spending time with her Granpa Gus. But these days he seems more interested in the strange machine he’s built to send messages into outer space. One day, while Grandpa Gus is dozing, Kiley beams out her own message. To her surprise, it is answered by the Friendeshans–the most pozzi-powered beings in the galaxy. And they’re... [Read more of this review]

bethcover Beth’s Birds by Deanna Klingel

Backyard nature is one of the first science experiences young children have. Getting them outside to play and interact with nature is an important step in nurturing a lifetime of enjoyment in the outdoors. Little Beth romps through her personal playground showing how she learns the proper names and characteristics of her bird friends. Her antics come... [Read more of this review]

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