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Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar

The second book is the Wayside School series, Wayside School Is Falling Down is full of puns, wit, and just plain silly fun. My boys and I laughed a lot as we read it. I highly recommend it to kids of all ages. It makes an excellent family read aloud.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 29
Pages Read in 2020: 6856
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The Button War by Avi

In Poland, four friends find the Great War right at their doorstep and embark on a war of their own, trying to find (steal) the best button from the military men’s uniforms. It’s quite depressing and filled with horror and death, as one would expect in the middle of a war, but it is told from the viewpoint of a twelve-year-old so it’s tone is kind of innocent. The writing is excellent for the most part. The only thing I really didn’t like was most of the time the dialogue attributions were so-and-so said, followed by what they said. That is quite awkward to read out loud (it probably wouldn’t have seemed so stilted if I head read it silently to myself). I recommend it to older elementary kids on up to adults.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 28
Pages Read in 2020: 6693
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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

I read Sideways Stories from Wayside School to my 11- and 13-year-old sons and all three of us found it absolutely hysterical. My boys told other people some of the stories (each chapter is a little story) and couldn’t stop laughing as they did. Some of the stories are downright bizarre, but all of them are quite funny and clever. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor. It makes a very excellent family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 26
Pages Read in 2020: 6177
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Second Chances by Valerie Tripp

Second Chances is the second American Girl book about Josefina. This one covers several months following the first book. The end is predictable, but exactly how you want it be. American Girl books are historical fiction for kids done right. I highly recommend this book to tweens. It makes a great family readaloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 25
Pages Read in 2020: 6014
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Sunlight and Shadows by Valerie Tripp

Josefina, the American Girl of 1824, is coming to terms with the loss of her mother and the addition of her aunt to her life. She lives in New Mexico (part of Mexico) and is learning to run a household. The story is very sweet and surprisingly not nearly as depressing as some of the other American Girl historical books. As with all American Girl books I’ve read to my boys, it’s historical fiction for kids done right. I highly recommend it, especially as a family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 21
Pages Read in 2020: 5272
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The Big Break by Megan McDonald

An expanded version of the original first Julie book, The Big Break is all about the 1974 American Girl doll. The story is well-written and has lots of little callouts to the time period. The last couple pages give non-fiction information about life as Julie would’ve experienced it and explains why certain things were included (like Julie struggling with her parents’ divorce and working to get on the boy’s basketball team at school). I recommend this book to kids who enjoy American Girl books. It makes an excellent family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 17
Pages Read in 2020: 4372
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Joss: Touch the Sky by Erin Falligant

Joss, the 2020 American Girl of the Year, continues her story in Joss: Touch the Sky. She faces a loss of confidence just before the big cheer competition. She learns lessons about disappointment and failure and trusting your team. It’s a great story and my 11 and 13 year old sons really enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone who likes American Girl books. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 10
Pages Read in 2020: 2875
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Joss by Erin Falligant

Joss is the American Girl Girl of the Year for 2020. She likes surfing and cheerleading and can’t decide if she’s really a surfer or really a cheerleader because surely she can’t be both. Joss is the first book all about her. It’s a cute story of friendship and figuring out just who you are. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys American Girl books. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 9
Pages Read in 2020: 2741
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Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Mañanaland is a gentle story with an almost dreamlike quality to it. The imagery as well as the division into yesterday, today, and tomorrow are quite lovely and effective. I read it to my 11 and 13 year old boys and the 11-year-old, especially, loved it. I highly recommend it as a family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 4
Pages Read in 2020: 1734
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***This book will be released March 3, 2020***

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Good Luck, Ivy! by Lisa Yee

Good Luck, Ivy! focuses on Ivy, the best friend of the 1974 American Girl doll, Julie. Ivy is a Chinese-American gymnast who has to make a hard choice between going to her family reunion (and eating Chinese food… again) or going to her gymnastics tournament (and risk falling off the beam… again). As with all American Girl books, it’s historical fiction written in a way that really interests kids. I highly recommend this book to both girls and boys.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 125
Pages Read in 2019: 31,819
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