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*Joshua’s Island* by Patrick Hodges*5-Stars

Joshua's Island

Joshua’s Island is a well-written and moving story about a thirteen-year-old boy, who was ostracized, and bullied in school for three years. Joshua spent his days by himself, until the newest popular girl in school, Eve, was assigned to him, as his lab partner. Eve was devastated to know that she would be sitting next to the school’s outcast for an entire year. She did her best to let Joshua know just how unhappy she was about this arrangement; until she needed his help to pass the class. And then the unthinkable happened. She found herself not only liking Joshua but falling in love with him. Eve was beginning to realize that being part of the cool crowd wasn’t so cool at all. She was also terribly remorseful, about how she treated her non-cool best-friends.

Although Joshua’s Island is a young-adult read, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The main characters in the story are realistic and relatable, and their emotions raw and moving. This is a quality book that carries an important message. I highly recommend reading this superbly-written and touching novel.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*Cool Kids Wear Glasses* 5-stars by Teddy O’Malley

cool kids wear glasses

Cool Kids Wear Glasses is a cute, insightful story, with a message.

Mandy is a pretty grammar school girl, who thinks that just because she’s considered the coolest kid in the third grade, that she should be a queen. And since she’s queen, Mandy assigned herself the task of listing who was cool in the school and who was not.

Mandy’s brother tried to tell her that she was being mean to her classmates. But Mandy wouldn’t hear of it. In her mind, she was doing the kids a favor, by letting them know who was cool and who wasn’t.

Anyone who wore glasses, braces or who was different in any way, was not allowed in Mandy’s cool kids club. Mandy’s whole life though, turned upside down, when she was the kid who was wearing the glasses.

This story is a fantastic learning tool for grammar school children.
Kids learn that it’s actually cool to stick up for someone else.
It’s cool to befriend kids who wear glasses, braces or who are different.
It’s okay to stand up to bullies and not let them push you around.

I found the story Cool Kids Wear Glasses, engaging, with well-drawn pictures, realistic characters, situations, and dialogue.

This is an excellent book for a young child to read or to be read to by an adult. Cool Kids Wear Glasses is a solid five-star read. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover