Her Shining Eyes by Jeanette Morris (Middle-Grade Fiction)

Irina’s young, teenage life changes instantly when her sick mother is sentenced to jail time and she is dropped off at a boarding school. Although she faces many challenges, Irina holds onto her dream of becoming a professional violinist until a bully steals her violin and leaves her hopeless.

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That Pesky Dragon by Julie Sykes (Picture Book)

“Izzy’s dad had a farm. And on that farm, there was a herd of cows…a flock of sheep…some chickens…two dogs…three cats…and a dragon.” The fire-breathing dragon causes chaos on the farm; his breath hard-boils eggs and turns their cow’s milk to yogurt. And he won’t go away.

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Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton (Picture Book)

Russell the sheep can’t sleep. What will he do? The simple text is witty and adorable to match the illustrations. The hilarious details on each page are captivating. Russell is the cutest, fluffiest insomniac. The perfect story to snuggle with at bedtime. A+++ from me.

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