Clockwork Sparrow By Katherine Woodfin Wodfin’s amazing first novel Edwardian’s collection boasts an amazing collection of costumes. London’s new department store serves as a backdrop to steal invaluable heritage. Sophie Taylor, a 14-year-old orphan, recently found a job in the Sinclair factory, but she found herself in a dangerous situation. Their new friends Billy (Porter), Lilian (young fashion model) and Joe (street chick) work with Sophie to clear her name and download the malicious network known as “Baron”. (Age 8 and older)

Frame! By James Ponti: At the age of 12, Florian Bates became the FBI’s secret weapon. He invented the “concept of all little things” or TOAST method to identify patterns and abnormalities and then delete small and small secrets. Along with her new friend Margaret, Florian shows off her criminal activities at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Frame!Demonstrates points for a clean, challenging conversation and for healthy friendships and parent-child flexibility. Adults and children alike will appreciate this first installment in the Ponti Frame! Series. (Age 8 and older)

The Secret of Black Hole LaneBy Julia Nobel Amy Wilke’s biggest concern is her next soccer game. That is, until her mother sent Amine to a British boarding school, away from her native Connecticut. Amy soon learns more than Latin — she begins to unravel the mysteries of her father’s past. Combined with her family history and the dark secrets of the school, Amy trusts her sages and trustees to protect the secret society and to protect her father’s precious property and life. Note: The salty words of the book are relatively external. (Age 8 and older)

Wild WinterBy Steven K. Smith Sam and Derrick have high hopes of exploring their new Virginia home. In the creeks and dense jungle behind the house, elementary-school boys find themselves jumping up and down on the mysterious threads that have been around for decades. The discovery of an unusual coin in the river precedes a major discovery – an abandoned mining map leading up to their expectations will be a treasure trove from the local museum in 1953. The taste of hard boys distinguishes this sweet choice, although occasional boring conversations can be confusing to the reader. (Ages 7-12)


All the books reviewed here are part of a series of books that guide readers from page to page on our natural question. Elizabeth c. Bunce’s Predictable Myrtle(Algonquin Young Readers, 2020), the first in Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries, stands out among them.

Precautions 12-year-old Myrtle comes with her curiosity. Her father was a prosecutor in the town of Swinburn, and her mother was a medical student. Myrtle’s extensive intelligence and adjustments to court proceedings and police activities set her apart from other Victorian young women. When her old neighbor – with a familiar green thumb – dies, Myrtle suspects a bad game.

When the immature Myrtle seeks justice, gardeners, distant relatives, and penny scare go into battle. Under her gentle leadership, under Judithon, Mertle learns to convey her curiosity and get under her pressure. Bunce with strong character development and amazing visions keeps readers on the edge of their seats. -Kig


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