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    Book Review: The Secret Keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart

    Click here to buy on Amazon. Eleven-year-old Reuben spends his days exploring, hiding, and practicing parkour among the abandoned buildings of the Lower Downs as a way to escape the rough times that have befallen him and his mom–but his discovery of an extraordinary antique pocket watch changes everything. When Reuben finds that the watch has the power to turn him invisible, he’s propelled on the adventure of a lifetime. Now Reuben is being pursued by a group of dangerous men called the Directions, and someone–or something–ominously called The Smoke. They all want the watch, and with the help of new friends, it’s up to Reuben to unravel the mysteries…

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    Book Review: Destiny, Rewritten, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

    Click here to buy on Amazon.   Synopsis: This sweet contemporary story about poetry, family, and determining your own destiny is perfect for fans of books by Wendy Mass, Joan Bauer, Sharon Creech, and Rebecca Stead. Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has never met her father, so when a book of poetry with his name in it goes missing, Emily and her friends search all over their hometown of Berkeley, California, hoping to track it down. Meanwhile, even though her English-professor mother insists that Emily is destined to become a poet (she named her after Emily Dickinson!), Emily secretly corresponds with her idol, romance writer Danielle Steel. As Publishers Weekly says, “Fitzmaurice’s…

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    Thursday Book Haul!

    We almost always come home with treasures, usually in the form of books, after visiting our favorite thrift store. (Is that a good thing or a bad thing? The more books the merrier, I guess.)  It’s an amazing place where kids books are only 25 cents. Here’s my book haul from Thursday!   Cry From the Dungeon, by Betty Swinford. I’m a sucker for vintage books. And this one was from the Moody Bible Institute. Win-win! Alexi’s Secret Mission, by Anita Deyneka. Another vintage book. Strange But True Science, by Editors of Publications International Ltd. This is a cool-looking science book I found for Justus, although I’ll probably end up reading it too…