Book Review: Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

Tweet Armani is excited to celebrate her 10th birthday with her family and close friends from the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. But as a hurricane named Katrina closes in on the city, it threatens to blow her party away … 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: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Tweet Miranda lives with her mom in a New York City apartment. In sixth grade, she and her friend Sal, who lives below her, have earned their parents trust enough to navigate their neighborhood on their own. Together they learn … 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: 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

Book Review and Giveaway: Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills

Tweet Yesterday, I shared thoughts from author Claudia Mills about the mother-daughter relationship in her book, Zero Tolerance. Today, I’m featuring a review of the book as well as the opportunity for one reader in the U.S. to win a … Continue reading

Elissa Brent Weissman Talks About Finding Inspiration for Writing

Tweet I’m sitting in a coffee shop near my house, and at the table next to me are two men. One is 26 years old, and the other is 66 years old—I know this because they told each other. (Yes, … Continue reading

Book Review: Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry

Tweet Set on the Makah Indian Reservation on the remote Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, Written in Stone takes a look at traditional whaling practices of the Makah that continue today, and how the loss of this ceremonial hunt threatened … Continue reading

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