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Jennifer Chan is not Alone

by Tae Keller

jennifer chan is not alone book cover
JF KELLER, T.

Do you believe in aliens? The new girl, Jennifer, does, but Mallory knows admitting that would make Jennifer an outcast. Mallory decides to help Jennifer to fit in, but when Jennifer goes missing, she has to admit that maybe her “help” was actually bullying.  

Mallory wants to find Jennifer, so she looks for clues in Jennifer’s journals, and asks her former friends to help. As they search, weird things start happening; things that could be connected to Jennifer’s disappearance, or even aliens. Will Mallory risk her popularity and current friendships to find Jennifer?  

This story is told by Mallory, who goes back and forth from talking about what happened before and after Jennifer’s disappearance. She can be an unreliable narrator, especially when she tries to convince herself and others that she didn’t do anything wrong. Reading a story from the perspective of the bully was new and interesting to me. This was an interesting and realistic mystery, with the best kind of mischief (to help find the truth). The author writes at the end of the book about her own experience being bullied as a child, and I really, really appreciated that. This story was exciting, sad, even funny sometimes, and I recommend it to fans of mysteries and books like Wonder and Restart.  

The Way of the Hive: A Honeybee’s Story

by Jay Hosler

the way of the hive: a honey bee's story book cover
J GRAPH HOSLER, J.

Bees are not my favorite (since I have been stung many times) but I know they are important. The author makes the reader care about honey bees by describing their growth and development. He personalizes it by telling us about one bee, Nyuki. I learned why honey bees are so important and I also care about what happens to them because Mr. Hosler told the story in a beautiful way. 

Apple of My Pie

by Mika Song

apple of my pie book cover
J GRAPH SONG, M.

Apple of My Pie is a cute story about how Grandpa Squirrel falls into an apple truck and is driven away to an apple orchard. His squirrel family wants to save him, so they use their friends, a bird and a man with a food truck who can read, to figure out where Grandpa has been taken. The family makes it to the apple orchard and fall into the assembly line that makes apple pies to be sold in stores. Will Grandpa and his family get eaten? Will they make it back to their city home? Read this story to find out.

Bug Scouts: Out in the Wild

by Mike Lowery

bug scouts in the wild book cover
ER LOWERY, M.

Hey Fly Guy Fans! We have your next book to read. Meet the Bug Scouts, Doug, Abby and Josh. Doug and Abby love everything about the Bug Scouts from hiking to nature exploring. and Doug well he is just here for the snacks. These bugs are on a mission to get their next badge. Follow them along in this easy-to-read graphic novel for those beginning to read on their own. Grab your binoculars and boots and get ready for a wacky adventure with your new bug friends!  

A Comb of Wishes

by Lisa Stringfellow

a comb of wishes book cover
JF STRINGFELLOW, L.

In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month here is a book from Lisa Stringfellow, who is family emigrated from Barbados.  

What if one of your wishes came true? This is what happens to Kela. She finds a comb while beachcombing on the beach of her island home. She makes a deal with an evil creature and a wish for something that she desperately wants. What Kela doesn’t know is that all wishes come at a price. This magical tale is interwoven with Caribbean folklore, giving this gem of a book a worthwhile read.  

It is also an amazing audiobook to listen to and can be accessed on Overdrive Audiobook here.  

Caribbean-American Heritage