#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: I’m a Duck by Eve Bunting

I’m A Duck
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Will Hillenbrand

Thank you to Candlewick Press (@candlewickpress) for the opportunity to read this book. #partner Also, thank you, @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book 📚 The opinions are my own!

I’m A Duck is the story of a duck who has a traumatic experience that has left it feeling less of a duck. Thanks to a little love and a lot of bravery duck became who he is meant to be.

This cute story shows the reader that it’s ok to be scared and to take baby steps. If you keep moving toward your goal, never give up, and surround yourself with those who lift you up and support you, but most of all be yourself, then you can accomplish anything!

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PERSONAL REVIEW: Amina’s Voice By: Hena Khan

Amina’s Voice
By Hena Khan (@henakhanbooks)
This book was borrowed from Ohio State library system via Libby.📚 The opinions are my own!
A few weeks ago, I finally had a chance to read Helena Khan’s Amina’s Voice. Ms. Khan has an amazing gift of drawing you into her stories as if you are a friend participating in the journey and not just an outside reader. You root for her characters and enjoy the redemption and growth as the story progresses.

Amina was your typical teenager, only not. She had a beautiful gift to share with others, but she didn’t. She was a part of a cool school with a great friend, yet not exactly. Amina has an amazing community within her beautiful religion, even so, she always felt slightly different. Like a slightly off-center puzzle piece, Amina just didn’t quite fit into any particular place and she wasn’t sure which piece fit who she truly was until she searched inside to find her true voice.

Can Amina find where she belongs? Can she find the courage to find her voice? I guess you’ll have to read this beautiful middle-grade story for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed either.

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PERSONAL REVIEW: Use Your Voice By Kat Kuan

Use Your Voice
Author & Illustrator: Kat Kuan (@kat.kuan)

Thank you to @kat.kuan and her publisher for the review copy and gift of such an amazing book.

In a world where females of all ages are talked over, talked down to, or downright told to shut up, we NEED the book Use your voice by Kat Kuan.

This book is a clever way to address the issue of standing up and speaking up for your beliefs and your opinions. Something all young girls and grown women should do but often don’t know how.

By showing that we all have a powerful and beautiful voice, we can stand stronger and speak louder than ever before.

#girlpower #girlsinsports #fightforyourrights #speakup #itsnevertolatetodowhatisright

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#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: Out of Left Field By Ellen Klages

Out of Left Field

By: Ellen Klages (@ellenklages)

Thank you to Viking Publishing for the opportunity to read this book. #partner  Also, thank you, @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book 📚 The opinions are my own!

The best books, in my opinion, are the ones that don’t entertain but also teach you something along the way. Out of Left Field did that and more.

 

A strong-willed and super pitcher, Katy Gordon loves baseball. She wants to join Little League so she tries out and makes the team. However, it is 1957, and girls aren’t allowed to play. So what will this smart and determined young woman do to right this terrible wrong? Is the world ready for fragile young ladies to play the rough sport of baseball?

Take a journey with Katy as she discovers her voice and just how powerful it really is.

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#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: Monster & Mouse Go Camping

#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: Monster & Mouse Go Camping
By: Deborah Underwood (@underwoodwriter)
Illustrated by: Jared Chapman (@jaredchapman)
Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (@hmhbooks)for the opportunity to read this review copy of the book. #partner  Also, thank you, @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book 📚 The opinions are my own!

img_20180528_132716.jpgIn this adorable story of a friendship between a mouse and a monster, we tag-a-long on their adventure. Mouse convinces a scared monster that camping is fun AND it has yummy food!

Monster agrees to give camping a try so they pack up and head out.

However, monsters hunger makes camping difficult for the cute friends.img_20180528_132702.jpg

But, as luck would have it, they stumble upon a solution making it the best camping trip EVER!

I highly recommend this cute picture book about friendship for all ages.

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#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: Possum and the Summer Storm

#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: Possum and the Summer Storm

Author & Illustrator: Anne Hunter (@annehunterillustration)

Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (@hmhbooks)for the opportunity to read this review copybook. #partner  Also, thank you, @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book 📚 The opinions are my own!

IMG_20180528_132827.jpgI love opossums, so the title and adorable cover had me curious to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed.

This sweet story is one of devastation, grit, friendship, teamwork and eventually triumph.

The possum family is forced to relocate when a strong summer storm blows into their marshy forest. Just when all seems hopeless, friends help the family and rediscover how important friendships are, especially when disaster strikes.Maker:L,Date:2017-8-14,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-Y

When I was reading the first few pages it reminded me of home, more specifically of how Hurricane Katrina affected my hometown region. A strong summer storm came in and took many away from their homes. But despite the devastation and through friendship and lots of grit, they came back; bigger and even more beautiful than before. (Just like the possum family)

I highly recommend this beautiful picture book to all ages.

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#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

#KIDLITEXCHANGE REVIEW: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
By: Stacy McAnulty (@stacymcanulty)

Thank you to Random House Kids (@randomhousekids) for the opportunity to read this review copy of the book. #partner Also, thank you, @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book 📚 The opinions are my own!

If you looked up acquired savant in the dictionary, Lucy Callahan might have expected to see the definition as “super smart and super weird.” Because that is exactly how she felt after her first day of middle school. Being forced by her well-meaning Nana to attend East Hamlin Middle School after many years being homeschooled and living in a self-induced seclusion, Lucy really just wants to enjoy her numbers and a quiet online world and maybe go straight to college, but Nana has other plans.

Make a friend, do something, read something not number related and go somewhere other than her usual places, maybe, just maybe then Nana would consider Lucy’s request to go straight to college.

But can this square peg fit in the round hole that is a public school? Is she too different to survive or can she fake being normal for 181 days? Will her newfound friends help her sink or swim in the rough seas of middle school?

I am so not a math girl, it has terrified me my whole life. However, after reading the sweet story The Miscalculations of Lighting Girl, I see it in a whole new light and I highly recommend it.

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