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The Kid Who Wants to Become an Engineer

Sannette Viljoen The Kid Who Wants to Become and Engineer is an informative children’s book about the potential career paths of an engineer. Alvin is on a holiday break from school. His family takes a trip to visit his grandparents, while there Alvin realizes he wants to be an engineer like his grandfather. Alvin’s grandmother […]



R. J. Palacio MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT: WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND. Fellow readers have been recommending Wonder for me for years, I didn’t understand why a kid with birth deformities–meh how powerful or impressive could this story be?  Let me tell you, after reading Wonder it has […]



Walter Dean Myers “The movie is more real in so many ways than the life I am leading. No, that’s not true. I just desperately wish this was only a movie.” Monster is on Time’s Best 100 YA list, which is how I finally came to reading this book. I am disappointed I have put […]


Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher

Maxine Sylvester “I’ve got some carrots instead,” Ronaldo said. He unzipped his backpack and rummaged around with his hoof. “What? They’re gone!” He cried. “I don’t believe it!” “The Phantom Carrot Snatcher strikes again!” Said Rudi dramatically. This is an adorable children’s book! I wish I could have gotten a copy around the holidays to […]