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Kaya: Smoke on the Wind by Janet Shaw

Kaya, a Native girl in 1764, experiences the death of a loved one and coming to terms with her own failings. American Girl books are everything right about historical fiction for kids. They tell the story in a way that gives the history as well as keeping it interesting for children. Kaya: Smoke on the Wind is no exception. I highly recommend this book to kids (boys and girls) of all ages. It makes a great read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 117
Pages Read in 2019: 30,047
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Hula for the Home Front by Kirby Larson

The second book in the American Girl Nanea series, Hula for the Home Front sees Hawaii continuing to deal with the aftermath of Pearl Harbor through the win at Midway. The story addresses many very serious topics like worrying about an older brother enlisting in the military, all written in a way kids can understand. The last few pages give the history of what was happening during the time period of the book and a little more information about things mentioned in the book like Dogs for Defense. I highly recommend this book to kids who enjoy historical fiction. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 115
Pages Read in 2019: 29,710
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The Spirit of Aloha by Kirby Larson

The Spirit of Aloha is the first book about Nanea, American Girl’s 1941 doll. She’s a Hawaiian girl living on Oahu where her father works nights at Pearl Harbor. It’s easy to guess what the big event in her life, and the focus of this book, is. As with all American Girl books, it’s told simply so kids can understand, but still tackles hard things like rounding up those of Japanese descent and the bottle shortage that made it difficult to treat people in the hospital. I highly recommend this book to kids. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 113
Pages Read in 2019: 29,194
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Slacker by Gordon Korman

Cameron Boxer is a total slacker so when his parents tell him he has to do something off electronics in order to keep his video games, he creates a fake school club that gets out of control when people take it seriously. Slacker alternates viewpoints each chapter giving you insight into all aspects of what is going on. Cam’s character development is excellent. The story is quite enjoyable. My 11- and 13-year-old sons liked it a lot (especially my 11-year-old video game addict).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 109
Pages Read in 2019: 28,117
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Crushing on a Capulet by Tony Abbott

The sixth and final Cracked Classics, Crushing on a Capulet, is based on Romeo and Juliet. Devin and Frankie fall into Verona and try their best to give the tragedy a happy ending. As with all the Cracked Classics, this one is super fun and gives middle grade kids the chance to learn the story without having to dive right in to the difficult language of Shakespeare. My 11- and 13-year-old sons enjoyed it a lot (as did I). I highly recommend Crushing on a Capulet (and all the Cracked Classics; you can read them in any order).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 93
Pages Read in 2019: 23,619
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X Marks the Spot by Tony Abbott

Devin and Frankie learn about characters in X Marks the Spot, the fifth Cracked Classics book. Based on Treasure Island, the friends are once again sucked into a book. The Cracked Classics are a clever introduction for middle grade kids to classic books. They are fun and funny and just might inspire your kid to read the real thing. I highly recommend X Marks the Spot and all the other Cracked Classics, too (you don’t need to read them all or in any particular order). They make a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 90
Pages Read in 2019: 22,966
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Humbug Holiday by Tony Abbott

It’s Christmas in Humbug Holiday, the fourth Cracked Classics book, and this time Frankie and Devin find themselves inside of A Christmas Carol. They learn a lesson right along with Scrooge as they work their way through the book and also discover that going back in a book to reread it doesn’t cause the meltdown they are used to when they skip ahead. Like the other books in the series, this one is super fun and sparks an interest in reading the classic book. Both my boys (11 and 12 years old) loved it. I highly recommend Humbug Holiday and all the books in the Cracked Classics series to people of all ages. It makes a great read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 77
Pages Read in 2019: 20,707
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