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Saturday mornings on PWR (Powerful Women Readers) are reserved for recommendations of kids’ books, just like Saturday morning TV programming in the 50s and 60s (cartoons) was. Today’s recommendation is a whole series.

Gators are funny, and when they play detective, they become even funnier.

I found this particular 2020 publication in my Little Free Library and had a ball looking it over. John Patrick really knows what tickles kids’ funny bones. It is done as a graphic novel, and I’m glad I began with Book One. The illustrations are priceless and the word balloons are easy to follow. Any precocious 8-year-old could read it to himself, but a 5-year-old could appreciate the jokes as he was being read to. Even reluctant readers as old as thirteen are sure to enjoy the slapstick and even more subtle jokes and will enjoy…

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Saturdays on PWR are like TV Programing in the 50s and 60s from about 6:30 a.m. until the 9:00 morning news–RESERVED FOR KIDS.

This Saturday have I got a book for thoughtful eight to twelve year olds! It is a two-time Newbery Medalist, Katherine Patterson’s novel who is a children’s author on the caliber of Madeline L’Engle. I remember the reactions of my sixth graders as they discovered her Bridge to Tarabithia when I was teaching kids in what seems like another lifetime.

A new girl in a new school, facing a new life, Birdie desperately wants to make friends.

This 2021 novel finds Elizabeth, aka Birdie, making a deal with God that she will “stop acting like a jerk” over her dad’s deployment to Iraq if He will protect and look out for her family, and above all not let her dad come to any harm. She goes to…

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