Looking For Great Children’s Books About Disabilities: Check Out Charlie and Frog

Looking for a middle grade children’s detective book with strong male and female characters plus an in tune multicultural edge?  Just released, Charlie and Frog, written by Karen Kane, is one of many strong children’s books about disabilities. This Disney-Hyperion title will inspire and encourage young readers alike to listen with their hearts and embrace everyone in their community. Paired with a suspenseful mystery, follow along with Frog and Charlie as they help to save their older friend Aggie from two scary villains. What secret is Aggie keeping and why do these cinnamon gum-chewing ruffians want it so badly? It All Begins In A Murder Mystery Obsessed Little Town To say that Charlie’s parents are neglectful is a bit of an understatement. Two bathing suits in tow, they leave Charlie in small town, Castle-on-the-Hudson, with his equally apathetic and television-addicted grandparents. What is so important to the Ticklers that they’d…

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Review: One Day At Horrorland (Goosebumps #16) by R.L. Stine

Lizzy and her family are lost on the way to the zoo. While pulled over on the side of the road, a monster from the Horrorland billboard peers at them through the sunroof, inviting them to visit (or warning them to run away). It should be a bad sign when the car bursts into flames in the amusement park parking lot, but for some reason, this family of five continues into the park with its Horrors—the monstrous gatekeepers. With a doom slide that never ends, reflecting mirrors that threaten to squash anything in their path, and coffin canoes, the family soon realizes that this park is more terrifying than fun. Unfortunately, the monsters have other plans and no one leaves Horrorland alive. Or do they? As the book notes, “The signs give a warning. There is always a warning,” which must be taken seriously. Although One Day At Horrorland has…

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Review: Space Case (Moon Base Alpha #1)

Twelve-year-old Dash leaves his comfortable Hawaiian life behind so that his non-geeky, scientist parents can work on the space station, Moon Base Alpha. The humor and inconvenience of pooping in space soon becomes overshadowed by the death of Dr. Holtz, one of the base’s top scientists. With Dr. Holtz about to announce a breakthrough in his studies, Dash fails to believe that his death is an accident, as everyone else is led to believe. After a cryptic video message, Dash begins to investigate and risks his own life to uncover the truth in this suspenseful fourth to seventh grade read. Although I have seen this title recommended for third graders, the content, vocabulary, and plot are rather intense. Space Case is a juvenile version of The Martian, full of space and science terminology with the added bonus of a murder mystery. Frazier almost mimics the audio version of The Martian,…

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