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Gold

by Stephanie Bucklin

For middle-grade readers, Geraldine Mills’s "Gold" is an adventurous postapocalyptic novel about two brothers discovering the world around them—and by extension, their own past. Twin brothers Starn and Esper live in a world covered... Read More

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Crossing Ebenezer Creek

by Stephanie Bucklin

"Crossing Ebenezer Creek" is a poignant historical novel about the meaning of freedom and the heartache of dreams. In it, Tonya Bolden has woven a haunting Civil War tale. The novel starts with an eerie reference to ghosts, ghosts that... Read More

Book Review

City of Grit and Gold

by Stephanie Bucklin

Maud Macrory Powell’s *City of Grit and Gold *is a historical novel that places a family conflict at the center of a political battle, raising questions about privilege, duty, and assimilation. Twelve-year-old Addie lives with her... Read More

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Bent Not Broken

by Stephanie Bucklin

In this touching and heartbreaking novel, a young girl struggles to fit together parts of her life while dealing with a traumatic brain injury, navigating the mazes of family, friendship, and personal identity. Lorna Schultz... Read More

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What Girls Are Made Of

by Stephanie Bucklin

Elana K. Arnold’s "What Girls Are Made Of" is realistic fiction at its most touching, following one young girl’s struggles to make her way through the world using a broken frame. Her attempts to free herself from that limitation, and... Read More

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Seeking Mansfield

by Stephanie Bucklin

In this sweet romance, author Kate Watson explores family, obligations, and the weight of the past. "Seeking Mansfield" is about one young girl’s journey to discover her own desires after suppressing them for so long. Sixteen-year-old... Read More

Book Review

Closing Down Heaven

by Stephanie Bucklin

This free-verse novel begins with Hunter’s death: after a bicycle accident, Hunter finds himself in another world. He is greeted by a man named Archie, who explains what has happened and how Hunter is now “home.” From there, Hunter... Read More

Book Review

Undiscovered Country

by Stephanie Bucklin

After her mother’s death, Cat decides to defer her admission to Stanford and flee her grief by joining (the amusingly named) Students Without Boundaries and traveling to Calantes, a South American country that has just experienced a... Read More

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