Category Archives: Reviews: Books

What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

Summer is in full force here at Caterpickles Central, and someone’s reading list this week reflects it. See if you can figure out The Eleven-Year-Old’s summer goals from the books stacked on her desk. How to Be a Wildflower by … Continue reading

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What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Eleven-Year-Old indulges in a bit of not-too-scary horror courtesy of Troy Cumming’s The Notebook of Doom and K. A. Applegate’s Animorphs series. Continue reading

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What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Eleven-Year-Old stumbled across Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1893, and discovered Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read anthology series (she really wants me to tell you that the Guys Read anthology isn’t just for guys). Continue reading

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What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Eleven-Year-Old raids her school library to bring home books about kids who have dogs and other kids who have siblings. This is why we read books, right? To read about experiences that aren’t our own? Continue reading

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Book Review: Pack of Dorks

Pack of Wolves By Beth Vrabel Age Range: 8-12 Sky Pony Press, 2015 If I could change one thing about parenting, it would be to have it commonly accepted that parents & kids should keep reading books together well into … Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Ten-Year-Old puts down her screen for some old-school fun, courtesy of the folks behind Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun. She also spent quite a lot of time being appalled at the conditions Japanese Americans endured during WWII, after reading The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13599, Mirror Lake Internment Camp. Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Ten-Year-Old spent several happy hours with The Magic Thief by @SPrineas and trying to draw dinosaurs like the ones in John Malam’s Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures. Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

This week, The Ten-Year-Old does the nearly impossible — finds a not-too-scary book about vampires (Fangtastic! by Sienna Mercer) and a not-too-scary book about space (Terra: Crash Course by Landry Q. Walker). Continue reading

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Book Review: Little Girls Can Be Mean

This week, instead of telling you about what my daughter’s reading, I want to tell you about a great book I’m reading. Friendship challenges in K-6 are just as complicated and emotionally fraught as ever. In Little Girls Can Be Mean, Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert describe a simple, four-step process that parents can use to teach their children to navigate these tricky social situations on their own. Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

During this week’s trip to our local library, The Ten-Year-Old discovered Doreen Cronin’s The Chicken Squad series. Of course, now that she’s realized that the book she picked out is actually the second book in the series, and not the first, she’s lobbying to go back to the library STAT. My master plan is working nicely. Continue reading

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