Bink & Gollie

By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

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Bink and Gollie look very different and think differently, too, but they are the best of friends. In this book, they rollerskate into a colorful sock adventure, set off on an expedition, and find a home for an aquatic friend. I highly recommend this series for any K-3rd grader who enjoyed Elephant and Piggie or Frog and Toad books.

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The Thing About Jellyfish

By Ali Benjamin

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Suzy’s life is turned upside down when her former best friend, Franny, drowns in the ocean while on a family vacation. They had been best friends since they met in swim class (5 years old), and they never thought that anything could change that. However, as they entered middle school Franny changed and Suzy didn’t, and they drifted apart. Franny became part of the popular crowd and became embarrassed by Suzy’s quirky behavior. Franny’s sudden death leaves Suzy regretting her last treatment of Franny and searching to make sense of a good swimmer drowning. She dives into the study of the Irukandji jellyfish, sure that this was the true villain in this story.

Underland

By Chanda Hahn

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Kira Lier begins this book living on the streets and fighting to survive, but she has no idea the greater danger that is beneath her cardboard box home. She is abducted and brought into the Underland where monsters and Greek gods still dwell getting their entertainment through a new form of gladiator games. This book is the first part of Kira’s fight for freedom. In this underground prison, how can she survive and who can she trust?

I would recommend this YA book for a reader that enjoyed the Percy Jackson series.

Serafina’s Promise

By Ann E. Burg

Serafina dreams of going to school like her friend, Nadia, but never ending chores and the need to help her Maman makes it feel impossible. After meeting Dr. Antoinette Solaine, Serafina promises her friend Julie-Marie that she is going find a way to go to school and become a doctor. After a major earthquake, Serafina’s whole life is turned upside down, but she has not let go of her dream to be a doctor and change her world.

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