Cindy Smith

12/06/2010 - 3:49pm

Here are some suggestions for books with school drama/situations and
plots that keep you guessing at the ending.

The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin.
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young
age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.

Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks.
After moving with his mother to a trailer park to care for an injured
aunt, eleven-year-old Jamie Reardon struggles to cope with a deeply
buried secret.

01/13/2011 - 1:05pm
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Here are a few books you might want to try. They are all fairy tale
type fantasy books.

The Goose Girl by: Shannon Hale.
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is
betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

12/09/2010 - 12:23pm

There are lots of stories about ballet dancers. Some
that I thought you might enjoy are:


To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel.

The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a
ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her
home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New
York City Ballet. This is a non-fiction book written like a graphic


Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer.

08/28/2009 - 4:01pm

 Here are some titles that I think you might enjoy.


The author of Jeremy Fink wrote another book that you might enjoy:

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.

Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special
color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until
she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss
of something important to her.


Tunnels by Roderick Gordon.

08/28/2009 - 4:01pm

I found some titles that I believe you might enjoy.


The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale.

While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other
girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers
unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.


The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.

The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New
York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.


The Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins.

09/04/2009 - 10:41am

Thanks again for using our Bookmatch service. I've had a good time
thinking of some fun reads that are a little like The All of A Kind
Family. Here are a few suggestions:

Sidney Taylor wrote some more books about the All of a Kind Family.
These include: More all of Kind Family, Ella of All of A Kind Family
and All of a Kind Family Downtown.

Strudel Stories by Joanne Rocklin.
Seven generations of a Jewish family hear stories of their family history, all told while making apple strudel.

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