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What to Read: Book Reviews

Welcome to What to Read by Elementary Connections. I’m Samantha Goodman, a former bookseller with a passion for helping people find the perfect way to unwind. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Elementary Connections to give you some respite from the craziness of life under quarantine. Each week, we’ll recommend books with suggested drink pairings for each title.

The Highlights: This captivating trilogy is set in a dystopian society run by a wealthy Capitol city and consists of twelve poorer districts each surviving independently on their own resource.

This captivating trilogy is set in a dystopian society run by a wealthy Capitol city and consists of twelve poorer districts each surviving independently on their own resource. As a form of punishment, an annual pageant called the Hunger Games is held, pitting one boy and one girl from…

The Highlights: The independent reader in your home will become enraptured in solving mysteries along with teen protagonist Nancy Drew.

The independent reader in your home will become enraptured in solving mysteries along with teen protagonist Nancy Drew. Smart and independent, Nancy quickly gathers information and clues to work out the pieces on cases that sometimes stem from her father’s work, attorney Carson Drew, or others mysteries which she…

The Highlights: The premise revolves around four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Bennie Alden, who make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the woods.

This endearing series written and created by a first-grade teacher boasts 150 titles in its collection and is geared toward children in 2nd-6th grade. The premise revolves around four orphaned children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Bennie Alden, who make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar in the…

The Highlights: If your children have only seen the movies, it is time to introduce them to the written world of J.K. Rowling's fascinating Harry Potter series.

If your children have only seen the movies, it is time to introduce them to the written world of J.K. Rowling’s fascinating Harry Potter series. The characters come to life between the pages as young wizard Harry Potter emerges as a star at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry….

The Highlights: This witty series follows Greg Heffley throughout middle school as he battles the bullies in the halls and a bully at home in the name of his big brother Roderick.

Every child – and every parent – can relate to the awkwardness of middle school. This witty series follows Greg Heffley throughout middle school as he battles the bullies in the halls and a bully at home in the name of his big brother Roderick. Luckily, Greg has a…