Book Review: Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher

Tweet Children’s author Ralph Fletcher seemed to live an ideal life for a child. The oldest of a large clan in the small town of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Fletcher had nearby woods to roam in, numerous bothers and neighbors to recruit … Continue reading

Book Review: The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

Tweet Alton has always known that his parents look to his Great Uncle Lester as their salvation. Uncle Lester is very wealthy, and they hope that when he dies he will leave them lots of money. So when Alton gets … Continue reading

Book Review: Heart with Joy by Steve Cushman

Tweet Julian’s always been closer to his mother than his father. So when she leaves their home in North Carolina to manage a hotel in Florida for her parents, he knows there’s more to the story. Stuck at home until … Continue reading

Book Review: Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft

Tweet Since Jonathon’s twin brother, Telly, had an accident and died, Jonathon can’t seem to function well. Once a rising star poet, now he’s in danger of failing 11th grade and finds himself contemplating suicide. But Jonathon’s friends—a group he … Continue reading

Book Review: The Magnificent 12—The Call by Michael Grant

Tweet David MacAvoy—Mack for short—is an unlikely hero. He’s 12, picked on by bullies, and he has a phobia of nearly everything. Unexpectedly he finds himself under the protection of the school’s biggest bully and getting messages from strange old … Continue reading

Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook All About the Gross Stuff

Tweet Lots of kids love gross stuff. They may learn to be polite and hide their fascination with body fluids, creepy bugs and germ-ridden places, but that doesn’t mean they’re less drawn to reading about them. Which is why lots … Continue reading

Book Review: Going Solo

Tweet After our mother-daughter book club read Going Solo by Roald Dahl, my daughter, Madeleine wrote this review. Going Solo is a memoir that picks up where Boy left off. It follows Roald Dahl’s adventures in Africa and around the … Continue reading

Book Review: Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Tweet When my mother-daughter book club with Catherine read Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce, we had a long discussion about the many layers of meaning to be found in this seemingly simple story. Here’s what two of the moms had … Continue reading

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