‘The Tilted World’ is historical fiction at its best

Rating: 5 stars "The Tilted World" by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly is a story filled with beautiful language, great characters, and one of the worst natural disasters ever in America. It's the story of a bootlegger and a federal revenue agent (during Prohibition) who, against all odds, fall in love. The natural disaster: … Continue reading ‘The Tilted World’ is historical fiction at its best

‘White Fur Flying’ by Patricia MacLachlan: Dogs and kids a perfect combination

Rating: 5 stars (It's got a Great Pyrenees in it, that's worth 5 stars!) "White Fur Flying" by Patricia MacLachlan is really an ode to those passionate people who rescue dogs. It's a small book -- almost an expanded short story -- but a lot happens in that story, and there's a lot of information … Continue reading ‘White Fur Flying’ by Patricia MacLachlan: Dogs and kids a perfect combination

‘Prisoner B-3087’ by Alan Gratz: Middle grade holocaust story

Rating: 4 1/2 stars In "Prisoner B-3087" Alan Gratz takes the true story of Jack Gruener and turns it into a fictional account that is a perfect way for middle grade readers to learn about the Holocaust while reading a book with action and suspense. Yanek Gruener is only ten when the Nazis change his … Continue reading ‘Prisoner B-3087’ by Alan Gratz: Middle grade holocaust story

‘Dogs of Courage’ by Lisa Rogak: About dogs who work and help all over the world

Rating: 4 1/2 stars "Dogs of Courage: The Heroism and Heart of Working Dogs Around the World" by Lisa Rogak (author of "Dogs of War") is a testament to the fact that dogs are not only beloved pets who give unconditional love but that they also are working companions, and they give selflessly to serve, … Continue reading ‘Dogs of Courage’ by Lisa Rogak: About dogs who work and help all over the world

‘My Family for the War’ by Anne C. Voorhoeve: Middle grade historical fiction

Rating: 5 stars "My Family for the War" by Anne C. Voorhoeve is a story about Jews during World War II, told with a slight twist. The protagonist is Jewish through her ancestry, but is actually a practicing Protestant. Hitler and his minions do not care. Franziska Mangold leaves Germany on a kindertransport -- where … Continue reading ‘My Family for the War’ by Anne C. Voorhoeve: Middle grade historical fiction

‘Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library’ by Chris Grabenstein

Rating: 4 stars "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" is author Chris Grabenstein's paean to children's literature. Not only does most of the story take place in the most amazing (fictional) library ever imagined, throughout the story Mr. Lemoncello -- a very Willie Wonka-type character -- peppers his speech with book titles and references to book … Continue reading ‘Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library’ by Chris Grabenstein

‘Dogs and Puppies’ by Jinny Johnson is a perfect book for young dog lovers

Rating: 4 stars "Dogs and Puppies" by Jinny Johnson and published by Black Rabbit Books is one of a series of nonfiction books perfect for the school library or classroom. The series is "Get To Know Your Pet," and includes other titles such as "Cats and Kittens" and "Guinea Pigs." The book is a fairly … Continue reading ‘Dogs and Puppies’ by Jinny Johnson is a perfect book for young dog lovers

‘Paw and Order’ by Spencer Quinn: The 7th in the Chet and Bernie tails

Rating: 5 stars "Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery" by¬†Spencer Quinn continues the adventures of private detective Bernie Little and his faithful dog and narrator, Chet. Chet makes a great narrator, until he smells a Slim Jim or other savory meats. Distractions? There are many for Chet including other dogs, guinea pigs (in … Continue reading ‘Paw and Order’ by Spencer Quinn: The 7th in the Chet and Bernie tails

‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray: YA scifi at its best

Rating: 4 1/2 stars Claudia Gray is not just a talented author; she's also quite versatile, as becomes apparent when reading her newest book, "A Thousand Pieces of You." This book is the start of a scifi trilogy which also includes corporate raiding, universe jumping, a quirky family and several love interests. The main character, … Continue reading ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray: YA scifi at its best

‘The Silence of Six’ by E. C. Meyers: YA hacker thriller that feels real

Rating: 4 1/2 stars "The Silence of Six" by E. C. Meyers is a young adult (or middle grade) action thriller that takes place in the world of hacking. There are lots and lots of computer references, and to those who are not savvy about the world of hacking, it's both fascinating and exotic. It … Continue reading ‘The Silence of Six’ by E. C. Meyers: YA hacker thriller that feels real

‘Dog Tags’ by David Rosenfelt is a first place winner

(Please note: This is a reprint of an earlier article. The 'Andy Carpenter' series is ongoing -- thank goodness!) Rating: 5 stars If you haven't read any novels by David Rosenfelt, read Dog Tags, and I guarantee that it won't be the last of his books you will read. Chances are that you will immediately … Continue reading ‘Dog Tags’ by David Rosenfelt is a first place winner