Book Review: The Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Tweet Thirteen-year-old Nina has the whole summer stretching before her, but instead of being excited she can only feel dread. Her beloved grandma died a year ago, her parents—both divorce lawyers—are wrapped up in a high profile case, and her … Continue reading

Book Review: What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

Tweet Esther’s Ma pays attention to a lot of signs to keep her family safe. Frequent occurrences, like seeing a ring around the moon or a spider before breakfast, have to be analyzed to determine whether they will bring good … Continue reading

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Tweet A man named Jack murders Bod’s family when Bod is just a toddler. Bod toddled to escape unaware he was escaping or that he was toddling into a graveyard, where the permanent occupants decide to raise him with the … Continue reading

Book Review: The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

Tweet Abandoned as an infant, Elara has been raised in the countryside by the Ogden family, who has tolerated and used her as a servant in exchange for the money they receive from the Royal Orphanage for her upkeep. When … Continue reading

Book Review: I Wish I May by David Stahler Jr.

Tweet Thurston Pickering could certainly wish for a better life. Nobody notices him at school except for the bullies, who delight in making him miserable. His parents fight so much they stopped noticing him years before, except when one of … Continue reading

Interview with Kathi Appelt: Author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp

Tweet Kathi Appelt’s book, The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp encourages you to curl up and get cozy with the characters and the story. (See my review in a previous blog post.) Appelt writes characters that are down-to-earth and … Continue reading

Reading Tip: Help Kids Become Better Readers with Funny Poems

Tweet Funny poems are a great way to keep your kids turning pages and reading for fun. The main reason? When kids laugh, there’s an incentive to see what the next poem says, and then the next. Kenn Nesbitt, who … Continue reading

Great Books for Both Moms and Daughters in Book Clubs

Tweet One of the biggest challenges many mother-daughter book club members face is how to choose books that appeal to two generations of readers. It’s easy to assume that the books girls like will be too frivolous for the moms … Continue reading

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