Book Review: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Tweet Moose Flanagan left his home, his school and his baseball team behind when his dad was hired as a guard on Alcatraz Island in 1935, prompting a move for the whole family. Moose’s older sister, Natalie, is severely autistic, … Continue reading

Book Review: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

Tweet Here’s my review of A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. While this is a sequel to A Long Way from Chicago, it can easily be read and enjoyed on its own. Richard Peck writes the adventures of Mary … Continue reading

Book Review: A Different Day, A Different Destiny by Annette Laing

Tweet Yesterday, I featured an interview with author Annette Laing along with a giveaway of her two books on time travel for middle grade readers, Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When and A Different Day, A Different Destiny. Here’s my … Continue reading

Book Review: Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When by Annette Laing

Tweet When Hannah and Alex move to Snipesville, Georgia from San Francisco with their father they are incredibly bored and somewhat resentful. Their mother has died in a car accident, and when they leave California they also leave their grandparents … Continue reading

Book Review: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Tweet The summer of Calpurnia Virginia Tate’s 11th birthday was a hot one. Everyone in her large family suffered from the heat in their Fentress, Texas home, but as Calpurnia was the only girl in a family of seven children, … Continue reading

Book Review: A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

Tweet Grandma Dowdel’s back, only this time she’s known as Mrs. Dowdel to the Methodist preacher’s family that just moved in next door. The family, which includes three children, has been relocated from Terre Haute, Indiana to take over what … Continue reading

Book Review: Fern Verdant and the Silver Rose by Diana Leszczynski

Tweet Both of Fern’s parents, Olivier and Lily, are world-famous botanists. In fact, Lily’s uncanny ability to help nearly extinct species keeps her constantly on the go to exotic locations. But Fern isn’t happy always playing second fiddle to plants. … Continue reading

Book Review: Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko

Tweet It’s 1935 on Alcatraz Island. Al Capone is The Rock’s most famous prisoner among a number of notorious criminals. He’s also a constant fascination for the families of the guards, who live in houses on the island next door … Continue reading

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