YOUNG READER – AGES 8 TO 12

“Where Archie Belongs” by Michelle J. Choi
“Where Archie Belongs” by Michelle J. Choi 1024 788 Reader Views Kids
I love any tale about animals and “Where Archie Belongs” is just a wonderful story. While Michelle J. Choi wrote the book, according to her statement on the last page, to show that every dog out there deserves a home, I found another important point in the book… everyone (and every dog) is special in their own way and they just need to find that out for themselves. I think that the author has made both points very well in this story about the very loveable Archie. read more
“Looking for Happiness” by Michelle J. Choi
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“Looking for Happiness” by Michelle J. Choi is an adorable story that teaches young children a very valuable lesson. It is a story that should be read to all children, either by their parents or their teachers, so that they can learn that happiness is something that needs to be worked for and should be found within themselves. read more
“The Longest Tongue Ever” by Aiden Woosol Lee
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“The Longest Tongue Ever” by Aiden Woosol Lee is the story of a bullfrog who is out minding his own business when a snake comes around, and the bullfrog eats it. Soon after, a venomous snake and a poison dart frog find him and say they will eat him! The bullfrog goes back to his tribe, and they try to get away from the snake and frog. On their way, they meet other animals and ask for help; each tells them to try something that works for themselves, but it doesn’t work for the frogs. They meet a capibara, a turtle, and finally, a wise sloth. The bullfrogs learn not to be like the other animals but instead do what works for them and not worry about anything else. read more
“Secrets in the Islands” by Lauren de Leeuw
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Sami Johnson isn’t your average twelve-year-old. She has super-famous archaeologist parents for one thing, so her parents’ renowned status casts a unique shadow on her upbringing. She doesn’t even go to a real school. She’s never met her best friends in real life because she studies with them completely through the internet. For her family’s latest adventure, they are off to the island of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the coast of Canada. Sami finds that there is a lot more excitement there than some mere archaeological finds. A “destruction” (construction) company is out to privatize ocean access, taking it away from the natives of the islands and destroying their heritage in the process. With the help of her new Haida friend, Alaya, Sami sets out to stop them before it is too late. read more
“The Habitat for Me” by Ray Butrum
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In “Habitat for Me” by Ray Butrum, we are told the story of how one day a five-year-old girl tells her father that she is tired of where they are living, so she is going to move away by herself. Finding this humorous, her father asks how she will be able to take care of herself and where will she live. She explains that she has just learned about certain animals and all about the homes they live in, so she wants to live in one of those places with the animals. But after thinking more about it, she realizes the best place to live is right here with her father and mother. read more
“The Bundu Bunch Get to Write Their Names” by Allan Low
“The Bundu Bunch Get to Write Their Names” by Allan Low 1024 1024 Reader Views Kids
In “The Bundu Bunch Get to Write Their Names,” by Allan Low, a few orphaned children in South Africa figure out how to take care of themselves by working together and thinking creatively. After their parents pass away from AIDS, the children must struggle to carry water from a stream up a mountain every day. Having no money for school fees, the children are unable to attend class with other kids and learn to read and write. But the kids have some good ideas that will eventually help them achieve their goals. read more