Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 25, 2016

lailahs lunchboxLailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

“Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.”                      [J FARUQI,R]

shaken upShaken Up by Alex Morgan

“When Devin, the girl who usually inspires confidence in her friends and teammates, has her confidence shaken by a series of events, she must turn to others for support.

“When Devin experiences an earthquake, she’s more freaked out than she expected she would be.

“The earthquake is just the first in a series of events that shake Devin’s confidence. She fails a test in a subject she knows well. Her crush seems to have his attention on another girl. And worst of all, her soccer game is off.

“Now Devin, the girl who usually inspires confidence in her friends and teammates, will have to turn to them for support.”  The fifth book in the series The Kicks.         [J MORGAN,A]

dream on amberDream On, Amber by Emma Shevah

“‘My name is Ambra Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto.

“‘I have no idea why my parents gave me all those hideous names but they must have wanted to ruin my life, and you know what? They did an amazing job.’

“As a half-Japanese, half-Italian girl with a ridiculous name, Amber’s not feeling molto bene (very good) about making friends at her new school.

“But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and he isn’t coming back. Not for her first day of middle school and not for her little sister’s birthday. So Amber will have to dream up a way for the Miyamoto sisters to make it on their own…”       [J SHEVAH,E]



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