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The Book Worm

A story with an important message

The Book Worm: “A Sky of Diamonds: A Story for Children about Loss, Grief, and Hope” by Camille Gibbs explains basic grieving for 5-to-10 year olds who have suffered a loss, and parents and caregivers trying to help. Comment.

Got a young ‘Pig Kahuna’ on your hands?

The Book Worm: Children 3 to 5 will learn that sometimes, everyone feels outshined, in “Pig Kahuna: Who’s That Pig?” by Jennifer Sattler. Comment.

Not your typical coming-of-age summer story

The Book Worm: For fourth-through-seventh-grade readers and adults, alike, “The Trap” is a book to get caught in. Comment.

Fast-paced, fantastical fairy tale

The Book Worm: Not too hard and not too soft, madcap fantasy “Spelled” by Betsy Schow is just right for 12 to 17 year olds. Comment.

Curl up with Nadine

The Book Worm: Young readers ages 3 to 6 will love this story about “Nadine, My Funny and Trusty Guide Dog.” Comment.

‘The Imaginary’ is a great read

The Book Worm: Nine- to 12-year-old readers with a strong imagination — and adults, too — will love “The Imaginary.” Comment.

Prisoners of love

The Book Worm: For kids — and any young adults — who have never known a world in which marriage can get you arrested, “The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage” by Selina Alko is an eye-opener. Comment.

‘Dead or Alive?’ is pure fun

The Book Worm: If you’ve got a young biologist or animal lover around, getting him to read “Dead or Alive?” shouldn’t be a battle. Comment.

Historical fiction that’s perfect for kids

The Book Worm: “Stella by Starlight” by Sharon M. Draper is perfect historical-fiction novel a 7- to 12-year-old reader will eat up. Comment.

Action, adventure, history, and pooches

The Book Worm: “Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner about a golden retriever traveling through time will have adults and kids hooked. Comment.

A voice for the bullied

The Book Worm: Middle and high schoolers who have ever felt bullied should read “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan. Comment.

Anything you can do

The Book Worm: For the child who hates to hear the words “you can’t,” she’ll love “Firebird” by Misty Copeland, about a hopeful ballerina who learns that she most certainly can. Comment.

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