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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Thermes
In 1955, at age sixty-seven, Emma Gatewood became the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail in one trip. This book tells her story, providing insight into both, the challenges and wonder of hiking the trail. Interspersed throughout the book are two-page spreads showing a map of the states that Emma hiked through along with facts about the trail. This is an amazing and inspiring story of a unique woman.
My Dog Laughs by Rachel Isadora
This books celebrates the joys of having a canine companion. It also gives insight into what is involved in having a dog as a pet. The book is divided into sections, such as "Getting to Know My Dog" and "My Dog Plays" and features illustrations of different children with dogs of all varieties, shapes, and sizes. There's humor within the pages of this book, too, as some of the dogs get into some mischief. This book will appeal to those who have a dog or anyone who has ever wanted one.
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Meg Medina's middle grade novel is a must read. It's a heart-warming story about family and change. Read more of my thoughts about the book here.
Snazzy Cat Capers by Deanna Kent
This book is full of silliness and fun. Ophelia Von Hairball is a cat burglar on a mission to win the Furry Feline Burglary Institute's biggest challenge by stealing a rare Himalayan Diamond located in Paris. Ophelia prefers to work alone, but Oscar Fishgerald Gold, a fish, is sent to her and he is determined to stay by her side and assist. The humor will appeal to many young readers, as will the format which includes lots of illustrations and pages throughout that are written in comic-book style. There are many cat-related puns which are also amusing. Thanks to the publisher for sending my book review group, #BookExcursion, an advance reading copy. This book publishes in September.
The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs
When Nico falls over a cliff after being bullied, Tyler and Emma, two of his friends, and Opal, another schoolmate who he's not sure he can trust, rescue him. At the bottom of the cliff, they discover a mysterious island and an abandoned houseboat. The kids are intrigued and even more so when what's in their imagination comes to life. Visiting this mysterious place is fun at first, but soon their lives are in danger. This book has some creepiness and suspenseful action. For kids who want to read something a little scary, this would be one to recommend. Thanks to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for providing my book review group with an advance reading copy. The book publishes in October.