Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 20

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin

“This simple, young, and satisfying story follows a Chinese American family as they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

“Each member of the family lends a hand as they prepare a moonlit picnic with mooncakes, pomelos, cups of tea, and colorful lanterns. And everyone sends thanks and a secret wish up to the moon.” [JPB LIN]

Three Claws the Mountain Monster by Cari Meister

“Three Claws loves living in the quiet mountain village. He also loves eating rotten fish, so he always has really bad breath! The other mountain monsters don’t know what to do with him. Will Three Claws be forced to leave the village?”    Stone Arch Readers Level 3        [JE MEISTER]

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

“Chase enjoys geocaching as a break from all the hard work at the small Arizona mountain resort owned by his mom and stepdad, and he frequently takes off into the woods with his dog in a quest to discover containers hidden by other enthusiasts. On one trip, however, Chase encounters a pair of hungry, scruffy little boys, who are camped out with a mysterious man. Eventually, Chase learns that the man is the boys’ father and that he kidnapped his sons from their home in Wisconsin months earlier. When one of the boys becomes seriously ill, Chase tries to help but ends up in serious danger.”         [J GRANT]

We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying by Deborah Ellis

“Deborah Ellis asked students from the ages of nine to nineteen to talk about their experiences with bullying. The results are thoughtful, candid, and often harrowing accounts of “business as usual” in and around today’s schools. The kids in this book raise questions about the way parents, teachers and school administrators cope with bullies. They talk about which methods have helped and which ones, with the best of intentions, have failed to protect them. And some kids reveal how they have been able to overcome their fear and anger to become strong advocates for the rights of others.

“This is a book for reading and sharing. Each interview is followed by questions that will encourage open discussion about the nature of bullying and the ways in which individuals and schools could deal more effectively with bullies and their victims. And additional comments from international students reveal how much kids the world over have in common in the way they experience and deal with bullies.”         [J302.3 ELLIS]

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