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Advent Calendar Book Reviews: Day 4 – Cathy Cassidy Books

In the lead up to Christmas, I’ll be sharing short reviews of great books and who they’d be perfect for. Find the master list here

Day Four: Books by Cathy Cassidy

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Genre – Middle School Fiction Novels

One of my wonderful students introduced me to the author Cathy Cassidy. She was adamant that I would enjoy her books – and she was absolutely right.  Cathy Cassidy writes about interesting kids, from diverse and different backgrounds. They have challenges thrown at them and usually there’s a romance involved in some way or another, and things end up mostly ok by the end. They’re great escaping books – not too heavy, but not too light, and a great insight into the lives of other kids.

These books would be brilliant for children aged from around 9 or 10 (she has written a series for younger kids too). They would probably mostly appeal to girls, although the stories are quite universal for all kids. They aren’t terribly well known in Australian, although they were readily available in some bookshops a few years ago

Highly recommended for girls aged 9 – 15

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Advent Calendar Book Reviews: Day 1 – Smile by Raina Telgemeier

In the lead up to Christmas, I’ll be sharing short reviews of great books and who they’d be perfect for. Find the master list here

Day One: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Advent Calender Book Reviews - Smile -Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Genre – Middle School Graphic Novel

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But after a nasty fall, she injures her two front teeth, beginning a long journey with specialists, braces and other dental paraphernalia. Plus there’s friends who might not be friends, boys who might be friends or might be more and a major earthquake to deal with.

This is an incredibly sweet story which is told incredibly well with simple but beautifully drawn panels. This was an amazingly popular book in my classroom, with students finding something to connect with in it, even if they hadn’t had their own dental dramas. It was also a great book for those who were less enthusiastic about reading.

Highly recommended for upper primary and lower secondary students. Also for anyone who went through dental dramas as a kid. Or anyone who has ever been a kid 🙂