Francine Lozeau

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All the Light We Cannot See

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This story takes place in France and Germany leading up to and including World War II. And what an amazing story! It is well written and powerful. In a nutshell there are radios, a blind French girl, an orphaned German boy, a diamond (with a possible curse!), the invasion of Paris and moral choices. You might want to add your name to the list of patrons waiting to read this book!

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Counting by 7s

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12 year old Willow just needs to belong. She is starting the year at a new school and hoping to find a friend. When tragedy strikes, things don’t look good for Willow. But Willow is amazing! Without trying, she becomes the agent to enable all the characters to change their lives as she begins to heal. I enjoyed the way the story was told, the strong characters and the just-right ending. This book will be a compelling contender for the Great Stone Face Award!

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Wonder

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I am happy to work in the Children’s Room where I have the opportunity to recommend a favorite book: Wonder. This is a powerful story for middle-schoolers and, well...for all of us. August Pullman, who has severe facial abnormalities, is about to start school for the first time as a public school fifth grader. The story is told from Auggie’s perspective as well as several other points of view. This book is full of great characters, lots of emotion and the impact of kindness. I can’t wait until my grandchildren are older and I can share it with them!

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Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

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This chapter book will bring readers into what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world!” Kyle Keeley is not a reader, but he loves games. When he learns that twelve 7th graders will be chosen to spend a night in the library, for fun and games, he wants to win. He soon learns that getting into the library was the easy part! This book will remind you of another story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and will reference many other wonderful children’s books, including an old favorite of mine From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Enjoy this Great Stone Face nomination!

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The Adventures of a South Pole Pig-A Story of Snow and Courage

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May I recommend a family read aloud? Author Chris Kurtz has written a delightful book that will appeal to the whole family. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig-A Story of Snow and Courage introduces Flora, a plucky pig with a lot of heart. You will want to add Flora to your list of favorite story book pigs-Wilbur, Mercy Watson, Babe, Piggie… Check out this Great Stone Face nomination!

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