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Young readers can review books

Kids who like to read can get their hands on books before they are released at Changing Hands bookstores.

The bookstore, which has a Phoenix location at 300 W. Camelback Road, has a B.I.T. (Before It’s Trendy) and Lil B.I.T. system where young readers may read books and write reviews on them before they are available to buy in the store. Those ages 12 to 17 years old obtain access to advance reading copies of Young Adult (YA) books and in return they write recommendations on the books they enjoy. Their recommendations are placed in the teen sections of the bookstore, on event displays and on the bookstore’s website. One recent book offered was “Today Tonight Tomorrow” by Rachel Lynn Solomon, about a teen girl who is partnered with her worst enemy the last day of her senior year to participate in a school scavenger hunt.

Changing Hands’ Lil B.I.T. offering allows readers ages 8 to 12 years old to read books and write their reviews. One book this group recently read was “Spirit Hunters,” by Ellen Oh, a middle grade horror novel.

The bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Customers must wear masks and the business is limiting visits to 20 customers at one time due to the COVID-19 crisis.

For details, visit and click on the “Kids” section.



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