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Dana Cuadrado


Dana Cuadrado

Reviews by Dana Cuadrado

by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk - Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Starting an advice blog for her classmates at Austen Middle may be one of Emma's most brilliant ones yet! Who better to give advice on friendship, style, school and even crushes than someone who's going through it too? But when Ask Emma goes live, Emma is bombarded with peers asking her to help them postpone quizzes, get out of detention and cut gym class short. What's worse, someone is posting hurtful comments, telling her to mind her own business. Despite her good intentions, Emma's blog seems to only be getting her deeper into trouble.

written by Jan Eldredge with illustrations by Joseph Kuefler - Adventure, Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

Haunt huntress apprentice Evangeline Clement spends her days and nights studying the ways of folk magic, honing her monster-hunting skills while pursuing local bayou banshees and Johnny revenants. With her animal familiar sure to make itself known any day now, the only thing left to do is prove to the council she has heart. Then she will be declared a true haunt huntress, worthy of following in the footsteps of her female ancestors. But when Evangeline and her grandmother are called to New Orleans to resolve an unusual case, she uncovers a secret that will shake her to the soles of her boots.

by Sarah Beth Durst - Children's, Children's 10-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Mayka and her stone family were brought to life by the stories etched into their bodies. Now time is eroding these vital marks, and Mayka must find a stonemason to recarve them. But the search is more complex than she had imagined, and Mayka uncovers a scheme endangering all stone creatures. Only someone who casts stories into stone can help --- but whom can Mayka trust? Where is the stonemason who will save them?

by Susan Goldman Rubin - Biography, Children's, Children's 10+, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction

Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin introduces readers to the most well-known fashion designer in the world, Coco Chanel. Beginning with the difficult years Chanel spent in an orphanage, Goldman Rubin traces Coco’s development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped her gain worldwide recognition. COCO CHANEL focuses on the obstacles Chanel faced as a financially independent woman in an era when women were expected to marry; as well as her fierce competition with the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli; and some of her most memorable firsts for the fashion industry.

by Kamilla Benko - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor...until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire's courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister and uncover the unicorns' greatest secret.

Written by Scott Seegert and John Martin - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Science Fiction

Kelvin is the new kid at Sci-Fi Junior High --- a floating space station filled with alien kids form across the universe. And he arrived just in time for the annual school dance: The Galactic Get Down! Kelvin is desperate to take luminous Luna (her species literally glows), but now that his secret about not being a Mega Supergenius is out, Kelvin doesn't have a shot. Cue mad scientist Erik Failenheimer's escape from his asteroid prison, an army of Pinions (any similarities to the MinionsTM is purely coincidental) and a battle to save Sci-Fi Junior High from imminent doom. Let's dance!

by Tahereh Mafi - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way) and she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days scrubbing the skins and souls of the dead in preparation for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore not only her ever-increasing loneliness, but the way her overworked hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair. But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appear, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship. 

by Nidhi Chanani - Children's 10-14, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Youth Fiction

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? Who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions --- the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background?

Written by Jennifer L. Holm with illustrations by Matthew Holm - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Performing Arts
For Babymouse, middle school is like a monster movie. You can never be sure who’s a friend and who’s an enemy, and the halls are filled with mean-girl zombies. Instead of brains, the zombies hunger for stuff --- the perfect wedge sandals or the right shade of sparkly lip gloss --- and they expect everyone to be just like them. But Babymouse doesn’t want to fit in --- she wants to stand out! So she joins the film club to write and direct a sweeping cinematic epic. Will making the film of her dreams turn into a nightmare?
by Ellen Oh - Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Horror

Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?