Young Adult

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

I LOVE this book! My mom read it and recommended it to me. My language arts teacher this year also enjoyed reading this book and lent her copy to a few of her other students. It’s not a kids’ book, but it is a good read for higher level middle school readers. Flavia de Luce is an eleven-year-old girl who…

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Movies, Other Media

20 Best Movies (Based on Books!)

Summer is a great time to have sleepovers, and with sleepovers come movies! Even though movies are very different from books, they are still a fun way to experience a story. I’ve put together a list of a few awesome movies that were based on books! 1. Harry Potter: Harry Potter might be one of the most widely known and adored…

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Elementary Level

A True Princess

My mom loves Diane Zahler’s books, and I like them a lot, too! A few fairy tales she’s written are Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters, which is a story about the two daughters of Sleeping Beauty, Princess of the Wild Swans, which is a retelling of the fairy tale about the princes who are turned into swans, and their younger sister has…

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Middle Grade

Valkyrie

This book is really good! It’s by Kate O’Hearn, the author of the best-selling Pegasus series. My best friend, Lily, also read it. I think she went a little bit insane afterwards, it was so good! I think kids age 10 and up would most enjoy this. I think is may be geared a little more towards tween girls, but…

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Middle Grade

The Mysterious Benedict Society

I absolutely LOVE this book! The Mysterious Benedict Society is a series by Trenton Lee Stewart. I would recommend this book for kids ages 9 and up, for some tricky dialogue and a vast vocabulary used. An ad comes up in the paper, catching many people’s eye. “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Dozens of children take…

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All Ages

Spilling Ink

Hello, writers! Looking to write an awesome story? Read Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter! Spilling Ink is the young writer’s handbook, and new best friend! My friend, Lily, gave this to me for my birthday. Spilling Ink is a very funny and helpful book. It includes chapters on Ugly First Drafts, Inspiration, Convincing Your Characters That They’re…

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Elementary Level, Middle Grade

The Time of the Fireflies

Here is a classic time-travel mystery- with a twist. The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little is part of a series, but it doesn’t matter which order you read them in. In the book, Larissa starts getting creepy phone calls on a disconnected old phone in her family’s antique shop. I immediately thought: “GHOSTS?!” But I’m not telling…

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Middle Grade

Serafina and the Black Cloak

This book is the first installment of my favorite series! “Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” Serafina is a girl that has been secretly growing up with her pa in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. One night while she’s on a prowl, hunting for…

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Middle Grade

Lockwood and Co. – The Screaming Staircase

The Lockwood and Co. series is another favorite of mine. The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, is the first book in the series. Lucy Carlyle is a young agent, one of the many children in London with psychic abilities. In Britain, a Problem has arisen. Ghosts everywhere have been rising, and people have been getting hurt and dying of ghost-touch.…

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Introduction

Hey, everyone! I’m Twig, and this is my blog, Twig’s Bookshelf! I’m so excited to start this blog, and I can’t wait to hear from everyone! Before we get into anything, I would like to give you an overview of this blog. This blog’s purpose is to excite fellow kids about reading, and to help parents and kids alike find…

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