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Books are perfect holiday gifts , especially if you select the right book to wrap up. Here are a few "can't miss" selections you might want to put on your shopping list.

Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman

Award-winning poet and picture book author Mary Ann Hoberman makes her debut as a middle grade author with a delightful story of a girl growing up during the Great Depression. Allie and her family must move from their home in New Haven to Stamford. Allie resists the move, but becomes enchanted with the name of their new street - Strawberry Hill. She creates a fanciful image in her mind and is sorely disappointed when reality is far different. Allie becomes friends with the girls in her neighborhood and at school, but struggles with the notion of what it means to be a "best friend. Even against the backdrop of a different era, Allie's struggles relatable and readers will wish they had a friend like Allie. Strawberry Hill has the tone and simple charm of a classic children's book. A terrific holiday gift for a young girl who enjoys historical fiction.

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Winter, Jonah, and Carrilho, Andre

Sandy Koufax is a American hero for his achievements in baseball.. Young baseball fans will be enthralled before opening the book. Beyond the spectacular cover, the contents will not disappoint. The end pages feature illustrated versions of Koufax's baseball cards. The background is a vintage gray throughout the book. The text is playful, using informal language and a friendly tone in the narrative. When Koufax hangs his head in disappointment, his emotions are palpable. When Koufax pitches, the action feels real. The author shares the struggles and triumphs of a baseball legend with honesty and integrity. You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! is an outstanding non-fiction book, with first-rate illustrations. Although it is in picture book format, baseball fans of all ages will enjoy reading about Sandy Koufax.

Amelia's Middle School Survival Guide by Marissa Moss

'tween fans of Amelia's illustrated journals will adore this double-dip of their favorite character. The hardcover features two titles - Amelia's Most Unforgettable Embarrassing Moments, and Amelia's Guide to Gossip. A keychain with an Amelia eraser is attached to the book, adding to its novelty appeal. The "entries" on lined paper are fun, funny, and engaging. A perfect fit for a middle-schooler!

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Like A Maccabee - This middle-grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.

About Barbara Bietz

Barbara is a writer from Oak Park, California. Her favorite pastime is reading children's books. She enjoys writing for adults and children. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Visit Barbara's website at www.BarbaraBietz.com and blog - Talking about great kid's books and sharing ideas about writing for kids. http://barbarabbookblog.blogspot.com/
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