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 …

Author Interview with Melissa Hart

Solo Hahn is uprooted from his friends and favorite pastime—surfing—when his family abruptly moves from the California coast to a trailer in the woods in Oregon. His best friend in Oregon (other than the Down syndrome neighbor boy) is his new kitten. When an owl kills the kitten, Solo tries to shoot the owl, earning himself the label of “at-risk Read More …