Book Review: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

Tweet Ever since Warren the 13th’s dad, Warren the 12th, died, things have gone downhill at his family’s hotel. Established years ago by the first Warren, it used to be known for its excellence. But in the five years since … Continue reading

Book Review: Cast Off by Eve Yohalem

Tweet To escape her abusive father, a wealthy Amsterdam merchant, Petra de Winter seeks refuge on a ship setting sail to the East Indies. She fears dire consequences when Bram Broen, the ship’s carpenter’s son, finds her. Instead, together they … Continue reading

Author Stacy DeKeyser Talks About What Makes a Good Story and a Book Giveaway

Tweet Today I’m taking part in a blog tour for Stacy DeKeyser and her book, One Witch at a Time, the sequel to The Brixen Witch, which received two starred reviews and was a Chicago Public Library Best of the … Continue reading

Book Review: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg

Tweet Candice knows she sees things a little differently than most people. She also knows she’s a truth teller—she says what needs to be said whether it’s polite or not. When she gets an assignment to write about something that … Continue reading

Book Giveaway & Review: Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg, Illustrated by Johanna Wright

Tweet Today I’m part of a blog tour to introduce a new series for young readers: The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine and its first book, Friendship Over. As part of the tour, I have one copy to give away … Continue reading

Book Review: The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Tweet Larissa Renaud knows her family is unusual—they live above the antique store they operate in a small Louisiana town. She also stays to herself after nearly drowning while being taunted by local kids. But even she has to admit … Continue reading

Book Review: Going Over by Beth Kephart

Tweet Before the Berlin wall came down, people in East Berlin were separated from family and friends in West Berlin. Although visits were allowed, moving from East to West was nearly impossible. Under those circumstance, many attempted to escape; some … Continue reading

Read Lois Lowry’s The Giver; See the Movie and Compare

Tweet The Giver by Lois Lowry has long been of favorite of middle-school teachers and readers. I remember reading it, discussing it with my daughter’s sixth-grade book club, then attending a local stage production of the story. It was a … Continue reading

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