Book Review: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Tweet Ivan the gorilla is part of a roadside attraction that includes several animals as well as a video arcade and a restaurant. Inspired by the real-life story of a gorilla taken from the wild as a baby, The One … Continue reading

Book Review: Animal Planet Adventures: Dolphin Rescue by Catherine Nichols

Tweet Maddie and Atticus live with their dad in a small town on the New England coast. Maddie volunteers with the local aquarium, and she’s learned a lot about sea life there. The siblings are presented with the mystery of … Continue reading

Book Review: Ricky’s Atlas by Judith L. Li, Illustrations by M. L. Herring

Tweet Ricky Zamora loves the high desert area where his aunt, uncle, and cousins live. The terrain is much drier than the town west of the Cascade Mountains where he lives. But he arrives for a visit during a thunderstorm, … Continue reading

Book Review: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Tweet Today I’m thrilled to review this great new book for young readers. I’m also excited to feature an interview with author Kathi Appelt tomorrow as part of her blog tour. Check back in then to see what she has … Continue reading

Book Review: Ellie’s Log by Judith L. Li, illustrations by M. L. Herring

Tweet Eleven-year-old Ellie lives in a Pacific Northwest forest with her dad, who is the forest manager, and her mom, who is a researcher at the local university. Together with her new friend Ricky, she explores the forest around her … Continue reading

Book Review: Eliza’s Journal by Caelyn AB Williams, Illustrated by Kati Green

Tweet When Eliza leaves California for Washington state’s San Juan Islands for the summer, she’s not sure what to expect. Her parents are working in Florida, and her aunt and uncle live on Orcas Island, a beautiful place that Eliza … Continue reading

Book Review: Gaia Girls, Enter the Earth by Lee Welles

Tweet Elizabeth is excited that fourth grade is almost over and she’ll soon be able to hang out for lazy days on her farm with her best friend Rachel. She knows there will also be lots of work to do, … Continue reading

Book Review: Ivy + Bean: What’s the Big Idea, Written by Annie Barrows, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Tweet Ivy and Bean are friends even though they are opposite in many ways. Bean is loud and rambunctious and full of crazy ideas. Ivy is quiet and thoughtful and often willing to help Bean try out some of her … Continue reading

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