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A Crooked Kind
of Perfect
by Linda Urban
This is an ador-
ably amazing book
about an eleven-
year-old girl who
dreams of being a
piano prodigy, but
instead has an old organ on which she
plays hits from the sixties, seventies,
and nineties. She deals with an overly
anxious dad, a workaholic mom, and
regular school drama as she prepares
for an organ competition. It’s one of
those books that is literally for every
age group, and I thought it was un-
bearably sweet and funny.
Alta
Blab About Books, Chatterbox


Bridge to
Te r a b i t h i a
by Katherine Paterson
Did you grow up
onafarm? If you
did, you might re-
ate to this. Every
day Jess Arons has
owake up and
feed Miss Bessie the cow. He wakes up
even earlier because he wants to be the
fastest runner in fifth grade. He runs


miles and miles, but it turns out that
a girl is the fastest one. This is a great
book. I think you would like it.
Olivia Self, age 9
Birmingham, Alabama

The Ostrich
and Other Lost
Things
by Beth Hautala
Eleven-year-old
Olivia Grant is
great at finding lost
things. When her
autistic brother,
Jacob, loses his favorite toy, he also loses
the ability to control himself. She won-
ders if he’ll ever be himself again. Olivia
gets into trouble for sneaking into the
zoo. Charlie, the zookeeper’s son, helps
her to search for the toy. Its ending is
happy, but the book has sad parts, too.
It’s a book I just couldn’t put down.
Kaia N., age 11
La Farge, Wisconsin

The War that Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This book is historical fiction, set in
World War II, about a girl named Ada
who has a deformed foot. Her mother
keeps her locked in an apartment
because she’s ashamed of her daugh-

ter’s foot, but Ada
escapes with her
brother when kids
are being shipped
out of England
because of the
bombs. There’s also
a sequel.
Agent Winter
Blab About
Books, Chatterbox

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Annemarie
Johansen lives
in Copenhagen,
Denmark, dur-
ing World War
II with her little
sister, Kirsti, and
her Jewish friend,
Ellen Rosen. The
Germans have occupied Copenhagen
since Annemarie was seven, but now the
Nazis are “relocating” the Jewish people.
Ellen’s parents must go into hid-
ing, the Johansens must hide Ellen
within their family, and Annemarie
must help save Ellen and her family.
How brave can Annemarie be? What
does “brave” mean?
Amelia Busing, age 12
Seattle, Washington

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