Cherise's Kids Picks

My favorite kids books...

Fly Away Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442460089
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 8th, 2014

While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows. For ages 6 and up!


One for the Murphys Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142426524
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Published: Puffin Books - May 16th, 2013

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong--until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future. A great read for ages 9 & up!

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660406
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 24th, 2013

A great read for any animal-lover over the age of 8. Great story!

Marty McGuire Cover Image
By Kate Messner, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545142465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2011

Marty is not a girly-girl. In fact, she would much rather play in the mud than pretend to be princess. But Marty is fun and resourceful, and she turns a not-so-great situation for herself into lots of fun to read about. A terrific story with great characters. Appropriate for ages 7 & up.

Roland Wright: Future Knight Cover Image
By Tony Davis, Gregory Rogers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385738019
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Published: Yearling Books - July 13th, 2010

Roland Wright wants to be a knight in armor. The problem: Roland's dad is a blacksmith, and only boys from noble families can even dream of becoming knights. This is a fabulous series for boys ages 6 & up who love adventure, sword fighting and knight training. Very fun!

The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully Mysteries) Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061215322
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - March 1st, 2011

J. J. Tully, a former search-and-rescue dog, is supposed to be resting and relaxing after a noble career. But he is hardly settled into his new home on a farm before a mama hen named Mildred wants him to find two of her chicks that have gone missing. A fun mystery for ages 8 & up!

Savvy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142414330
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Published: Puffin Books - March 23rd, 2010

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity... and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day. As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus... only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up -and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin. This is a terrific story for ages 9 & up. Also, check out the sequel, Scumble, which is just as terrific!

Eye of the Storm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802723130
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Walker & Company - February 28th, 2012

It's hard to put into words how fabulous this book is, but it is a MUST READ!

The White Giraffe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142411520
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Published: Puffin Books - May 1st, 2008

When her parents are killed in a house fire, Martine, 11, is sent to live with a grandmother she didn't know she had at a wildlife sanctuary. The cold, hands-off woman offers little comfort to a displaced, grieving child, leaving Martine to fend for herself in a foreign land. When a local woman tells the child that she has "the gift," Martine doesn't know what it is or why she would have it. Then she learns of a white giraffe and poachers' intent on capturing it. The story unfolds into a legendary tale full of intrigue and what life demands of a young chosen one. This story is magical and fun. Also look for book 2, Dolphin Song, book 3 The Last Leopard and book 4, The Elephant's Tale.

The Unwanteds (Unwanteds (Numbered) #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442407688
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - August 30th, 2011

This is a terrific read with plenty of action, adventure... and magic! I love this book!

Liar & Spy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375850875
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Published: Yearling Books - August 6th, 2013

A great read for ages 8 & up!


Dark Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545178150
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 1st, 2011

Dark Life is a tale of a future world so overpopulated that humans now live underwater. Sixteen-year-old Ty, first child born to the pioneers who live in the depths of the ocean, has little patience for topsiders (land dwellers) until he meets feisty Gemma, who immediately enlists his help to locate her missing older brother. This is a fun, exciting book for ages 9 & up. Cherise loves this book and the sequel, Rip Tide.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660505
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 26th, 2013

A humerous start to a new series. Could be a good pick for fans of "A Diary of a Wimpy Kid"! A really fun read for ages 9 and up!

Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545027892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 13th, 2011

This is an AMAZING book! A terrific book to share with your children! (It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!)