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Best Book Ever

Nov 29, 2021

It’s time for my favorite episode of the year – the Kids/YA gift Giving Guide! I invited a bunch of kids to tell me about their favorite books, and once again these kids are funny, thoughtful, wise, smart, and so interesting. If you have young people to buy for this holiday season, this episode will give you lots of great ideas. If you don’t have young people to buy for, you will still get some wonderful reading suggestions. I’m telling you – kid lit and YA lit is the most innovative writing out there.


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Host: Julie Strauss



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Discussed in this episode:

Hope, Age 7

Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne

Buffalo Before Breakfast by Mary Pope Osborne

These books are part of The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne


McKenzie, Age 7

Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne

Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne

Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne

Earthquake in the Early Morning by Mary Pope Osborne

Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osborne


The Supernatural Bear, Age 9

(SNB is a regular guest on the Word to Your Mama Podcast, so if you enjoyed hearing me talk to him, definitely check him out over there!)

The Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer

Book 1: The Time Travelers

Book 2: The Time Thief

Book 3: The Time Quake


Rohan, Age 11

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: Graphic Novels of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin

Rabbi Harvey Rides Again by Steve Sheinkin

Rabbi Harvey vs. the Wisdom Kid: A Graphic Novel of Dueling Jewish Folktales in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin


Kate, Age 11

Alone by Megan E. Freeman


Jack, Age 13

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders Movie

The Sun Trail (Warrior Cats Book) by Erin Hunter

(Jack talked to me about the Warrior Cats books in last year’s Kids/YA Episode. If you are looking for an expansive book universe, you can’t beat this series.)


Joey, Age 14

The Generations Trilogy by Scott Sigler:

Book 1: Alive

Book 2: Alight

Book 3: Alone

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman

Divergent by Veronica Roth


Erin, Age 18

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

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