Booktalk for THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ada was born with a club foot, which means it twists in on itself, and she can’t walk. She gets around her family’s one-room apartment by scooting sitting down. She loves looking out their one window, three stories above the streets of London. Her mother doesn’t let her leave the apartment. Ever. Not even to go to school. In ten years, Ada has Read More …

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 THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING by Shelley Pearsall

On a cold November day in 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur Owens picks up a brick and flings it at an old man’s head. Luckily, Arthur’s aim isn’t perfect, and the old trash picker leans over to straighten his cart at exactly the right moment—still, the brick slams into the Junk Man’s shoulder, and he has to be rushed to the hospital. Read More …

Booktalk for NOOKS AND CRANNIES by Jessica Lawson

Tabitha Crum arrives home from school one day to find the family’s traveling trunks stacked at the door. Her parents have to get out of the country in a hurry, and they’ll be gone at least a year. They’re taking the family cat with them, but leaving Tabitha behind to scrub floors at the local orphanage. That same day, Tabitha receives Read More …