So B. It – Sarah Weeks

While it is listed as a Middle School-range children’s book, I really loved it.  The pathos and sensitivity of the main characters – Heidi and Bernie – are just incredible. It is about Heidi and her quest for an identity, and it also tells the story of Heidi’s mother who has “a bum brain.” The author delved into a twelve-year-old girl’s mind and written it from her perspective.  Not just for kids, imho. (submitted by library customer MA)

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Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

I love historical fiction for children. Thirteen-years-old and orphaned, Maia travels from England with her governess to start a new life in Brazil, near the Amazon River in 1910.  She faces a lot of challenges, but she is determined to realize her dreams.  Beautifully written – makes you feel like you are there with Maia. (submitted by SMC)

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The Last Dragon – Silvana De Mari

If you like well-written fantasy and humour, this is the book for you.  Recommended to me by a children’s librarian,  I laughed out loud several times, and yet it was also very sad too.  A familiar set-up – an elf, a dragon, an orphan, and a prophecy to save the world, but an original execution of this plot – which I thought was wonderful.  As an adult science fiction/ fantasy fan, it was great to be surprised by children’s fantasy fiction.  Delightful! 

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