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    Worst-Case Collin

    Author: Rebecca CapraraThis poignant middle grade novel in verse follows twelve-year-old Collin who manages his anxiety by mapping out survival plans for any disaster or worst-case scenario. Collin is always prepared for something to go wrong. Ever since he lost his mom in a car accident, he's been journaling about how to overcome things like avalanches, riptides, or even a bad case of halitosis. Meanwhile, Collin's father grows more distant by the day, and has started hoarding…

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    The Dragon and the Stone

    Author: Kathryn ButlerSeries: The Dream Keeper SagaEven though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagination to help her cope, but that imagination often gets her into trouble.…

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    Across the Desert

    Author: Dusti BowlingTwelve-year-old Jolene spends every day she can at the library watching her favorite livestream: The Desert Aviator, where twelve-year-old “Addie Earhart” shares her adventures flying an ultralight plane over the desert. While watching this daring girl fly through the sky, Jolene can dream of what it would be like to fly with her, far away from her own troubled home life where her mother struggles with a narcotic addiction. And Addie, who is grieving the loss of…

  • What We're Getting the Kids for Christmas
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    What We’re Getting the Kids for Christmas

    I love seeing what other people get their kids for Christmas because sometimes I feel like I need a little inspiration so this year I thought I would finally hop on the train and share what we’re getting our kids. I just want to point out a few things before we get started: ONE: we don’t spend the same amount each year. Sometimes we’ll do a bigger gift for both of them or the “family” (like a few years ago when we got an Xbox and Game Pass) and sometimes it’s individual gifts. This year it is individual gifts. TWO: some of these gifts are actually from other people, we…