Molly’s Recommendations

The Nest

The nestBy Oppel, Kenneth, 1967-
A book written by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen? Another middle grade horror book? Yes please. I’m not one for sitting and reading a book in one sitting, especially a creepy book – ABOUT WASPS! I’m a bit ADHD when it comes to sitting still for too long, but this book is spellbinding and I did sit and read it in one sitting.... Read more
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the dying girl [sound recording]By Andrews, Jesse
“During my senior year, my mom forced me to become friends with a girl who had cancer. This brought about the destruction of my entire life.”... Read more
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Cuckoo Song

Cuckoo songBy Hardinge, Frances
Dear kids age 10 and up (and you too parents): READ THIS BOOK! Unfortunately the cover makes this book look creepier than it really is but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to a 10 year old. You may ask what genre this is….well, it’s historical fiction, fantasy, gothic horror, mystery, and sort of a fairy tale.... Read more
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My near-death adventures

My near-death adventures (99% true!)By DeCamp, Alison.
Stanley, an almost 12-year-old is the funniest and most unreliable (and I say this in the nicest way) narrator of a children's book I have read in a very long time. This book is chock-full of history, lumberjacks, hijinks, newspaper clippings from the 19th century, mean grannies (99.9% mean) AND mean cousins, yoopers, and fake letters that Stan wrote to himself from his long-lost dad who he thought was dead.... Read more
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An Elephant in the Garden

An elephant in the gardenBy Morpurgo, Michael
Inspired by historical events, this story is narrated by Lizzie, a solitary, elderly woman in a nursing home telling the story of her youth in Dresden, Germany to one of the nurses and the nurse’s young son. Lizzie’s mother (Mutti) was a zookeeper in Dresden during WWII. All zookeepers in Germany were told that if the allied bombers came they were to shoot all of the large animals so they wouldn’t escape and run wild.... Read more
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The Madman of Piney Woods

The madman of Piney WoodsBy Curtis, Christopher Paul
CPC has hit it out of the park again! In this companion book to Newbery Honor Book Elijah of Buxton, Curtis takes us to the year 1901 in Buxton, Ontario, 40 years after the events of Elijah of Buxton and introduces us to Red and Benji. They are a couple of mischievous boys (one of them African-Canadian and one of them Irish-Canadian) who meet and become fast friends after they find that they and their families have many similarities.... Read more
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