Fiction

The Labors of Hercules Beal Book Review
May 24
The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt – Book Review

On the surface, the only thing Hercules Beal seems to have in common with the mythical Ancient Greek hero is his name. That is until his new Language Arts teacher, Lieutenant Colonel Hupfer, assigns him to complete the twelve Labors of the mythical Hercules.

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Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Muñoz Ryan - Book Review
March 21
Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Muñoz Ryan – Book Review

On the eve of Solimar’s quinceañera and coronation, she ventures to the oyamel fir forest to glimpse the arrival of the majestic monarch butterflies. She is awestruck with the butterflies’ presence when a strange event bestows her a gift, the ability to see the near future.

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October 20
Wildoak by C.C. Harrington – Book Review

Maggie’s stutter is debilitating. She does whatever she can to avoid speaking in public. At school, after even more drastic actions, her father threatens to send her to an institution for “treatment,” the medical interve