Booktalk for MURDER IS BAD MANNERS by Robin Stevens

At 5:40 p.m. on Monday, October 29, Hazel Wong runs back to the school gymnasium to grab the sweater she left behind — and there lying on the floor under the balcony is her science teacher, Miss Bell. She’s dead. Hazel rushes to get her friend Daisy, president of their two-person Detective Society. When they return to the gym five Read More …

Booktalk for UNDER THEIR SKIN by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Nick and Eryn are twelve-year-old twins. Their parents have been divorced for ages, ever since the twins were little, so Nick and Eryn are surprised when their mother suddenly announces she’s getting re-married. They don’t believe her when she says their life won’t change much. After all, they’re moving into a new house. They’ll have a stepdad. They’ll have new stepsiblings. Read More …

Author Interview with H. M. Bouwman

In the second world, Kinchen’s little brother Pip is kidnapped by Raftworld’s king. In West Africa in 1781, twin sister and brother, Venus and Swimmer, are forced aboard the slave ship Zong. In the Mekong River Delta in 1978, Thanh and his sister Sang try to flee postwar Vietnam by boat. Somehow, marvelously—and with the help of the kraken—these three Read More …

Booktalk for FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar

Eleven-year-old Tamaya attends the prestigious Woodridge Academy on scholarship. She walks to and from school every day with her neighbor, Marshall, a seven grader. The walk is extra long because they have to go around a big wooded area. Once they’re at school, Marshall pretends like he doesn’t know Tamaya. He can’t be seen being friends with someone so much younger, especially this Read More …