Category Archives: Novels – Juvenile & YA

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

This post contains an affiliate link. Title: The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare Notable: Newbery Honor book, 1984 Premise: Matt and his father have claimed a homestead in the Maine wilderness, but Matt’s father must return to … Continue reading

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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

This post contains affiliate links. My kids recently discovered the joys of Fantastic Mr. Fox.  I read it many years ago when I was a kid and absolutely loved it!  Was it a part of your childhood too? Premise: Mr. … Continue reading

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Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

This post contains an affiliate link. I read Caddie Woodlawn years ago, as a child.  I love frontier adventures which feature female heroines.  The fact that this story takes place in the area I grew up in makes it that … Continue reading

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The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

This post contains an affiliate link. As I was browsing my parents’ bookshelf the other day, I came across a 1945 copy of The Red Pony by John Steinbeck. I think that old books are awesome, so I decided to … Continue reading

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McBroom Tells a Lie by Sid Fleischman

This post contains an affiliate link. I picked up McBroom Tells a Lie at the same time as The Dream Stealer.  Notice a pattern here with the same author.  My husband read this one aloud to the kids at bedtime. … Continue reading

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The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman

This post contains an affiliate link. The Dream Stealer is a charming little story that I got to read with the kids before bed.  Though it has chapters, they are very short.  The story could be read before bed, or … Continue reading

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The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

This post contains an affiliate link. I found The Trumpet of the Swan on my parents’ bookshelf and decided to give it a read. I had read it as a kid, but it’s been many years.  I didn’t remember the … Continue reading

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M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton

This post contains an affiliate link. M.C. Higgins, the Great is the second book from my Thrift Store Young Adult Reading Challenge.  It’s the 1975 Newbery Medal winner. Premise: M.C. Higgins lives on a mountain that his family has owned … Continue reading

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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

This post contains an affiliate link. The boys and I just finished From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as our chapter book for homeschooling.  I read this book as a child, but had forgotten the details.  It’s … Continue reading

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This post contains an affiliate link. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the second book I’ve read from my Rainbow Cover Reading Challenge.  It’s a moving and emotionally complicated book which focuses on four friends who are coming of age. … Continue reading

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This post contains an affiliate link. Huzzah–The Fault in Our Stars is the last book from my Friends & Family Top Picks Reading Challenge!  I’m glad to have finished the challenge (enjoyed it thoroughly) and am looking forward to working … Continue reading

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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

This post contains an affiliate link. Island of the Blue Dolphins is a book for younger readers that’s loosely based on a true story.  Karana lives on an island in a small community of native people.  When the Aleuts show … Continue reading

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Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

This post contains an affiliate link. Nim’s Island is about a girl named Nim, her dad Jack, Nim’s pen pal Alexandra, a seal named Selkie, and an iguana named Fred.  Jack is a scientist who studies all kinds of animals, … Continue reading

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Boy by Roald Dahl

This post contains an affiliate link. Boy is a collection of memories that Roald Dahl shares from his childhood.  It is not an all-inclusive story about his childhood years, but just touches on the particular happenings that stood out to … Continue reading

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

  This post contains an affiliate link. The Giver is a story about a boy who is chosen to carry the burden of an entire society’s memories and feelings.  People in his community value sameness and following rules.  Jonas (the … Continue reading

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