Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

  Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for a copy of this novel for review- all opinions are my own.  Words are a fundamental part of our everyday lives. We use words to express our feelings, tell stories or make jokes, and communicate with those around us. I’ll let in on a … Continue reading Wishtree by Katherine Applegate


Refugee by Alan Gratz

Three different kids. Three different periods in history. All with one mission in common: escape. Alan Gratz masterfully weaves together three refugee stories in this engaging and important historical fiction novel. Josef is escaping Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Isabel is leaving Fidel Casto’s Cuba in 1994, and Mahmoud is fleeing Syria's civil war in … Continue reading Refugee by Alan Gratz

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Amina has just entered middle school and everything is so different. She’s in jeopardy of losing her best friend. She feels pressured to live up to her parents’ expectations. And she’s struggling to stay true to her culture. If only she could go back to elementary school, to when life was easier. But when a … Continue reading Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan


Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts and illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker

A brief history lesson In an effort to rescue Jewish children from the Nazi regime, the Kindertransport was created. The United Kingdom waved immigration paperwork to allow these children to escape persecution. The first Kindertransport arrived in London in 1938, bringing two hundred Jewish children from Berlin. In the nine months preceding World War II, … Continue reading Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts and illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker