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Kaia and the Bees by Maribeth Boelts
Kaia is brave, except when it comes to bees. She spends time helping her dad, a beekeeper, take care of his bees, but the fact that bees sting still scares her. Kaia not only learns to face her fears, but also understand how important bees are. This is a sweet story with a message about bravery and appreciating and protecting bees.
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
This is a book that will go on my favorite books of 2020 list. It's an historical fiction, middle grade novel set during the Depression, in the mountains of Maine. Ellie's family has started a new life on Echo Mountain after losing their home in town. When Ellie's father has an accident she desperately wants to heal him and believes "the hag" of Echo Mountain, who she is told to stay away from, can help. This book explores themes related to family, compassion, resilience, and hope. It's a story that sticks with you long after you close the book. Thanks to the publisher, I received a review copy. The book publishes in April.
Kazu Jones and the Comic Book Criminal by Shauna Holyoak
This is another engaging mystery featuring Kazu Jones, who debuted in Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers. In this book, Kazu and her friends are trying to identify the anti-comic graffiti vandal targeting local comic book stores. Kazu also has her own mystery to solve at home because she doesn't know what's going on with her mother who is bedridden. Comic book lovers will definitely be intrigued. The book publishes in April. Thanks to the author for an advance review copy.
Wannabe Farms by Brian McCann
Written in rhyme, this is the story of Wannabe Farms where the animals want to change their lives for the better. This is a silly and humorous book, but it also has a message about pursuing one's dreams. I think kids will be amused!