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 …

Booktalk for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Margaret’s family has an odd quirk that has been passed down generation to generation: The ability to travel back in time. But time travel is dangerous and Margaret’s father makes her swear not to use the gift. She promises she never will. Then something happens that makes Margaret want to forget the risks and forget her vow: Her father gets sentenced 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 …