‘Like a River Glorious’ by Rae Carson: Book 2 in the ‘Gold Seer’ trilogy

In the first book of this series, "Walk on Earth a Stranger," Rae Carson introduces readers to an alternate old west during the California Gold Rush era, where Leah Westfall has a special and certainly timely magical ability: she senses the presence of gold. Her family uses it judiciously, but her life changes suddenly and … Continue reading ‘Like a River Glorious’ by Rae Carson: Book 2 in the ‘Gold Seer’ trilogy

‘Dog Man’ graphic novel by Dav Pilkey will entertain young readers big-time

Dav Pilkey is notorious for books that young boys adore, and with "Dog Man," he cements his place of honor as the author who can lure even kids who don't like to read and get them to read. In fact, they will devour "Dog Man" in one sitting. Really. One seven-year-old boy who would rather play … Continue reading ‘Dog Man’ graphic novel by Dav Pilkey will entertain young readers big-time

‘Ghosts’ graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier magically perfect

"Ghosts" is a graphic novel by the very talented writer and illustrator Raina Telgemeier. "Ghosts" is a story that touches on many important themes and will be enjoyed by a wide audience of readers. Younger readers will enjoy a scary story while older readers will understand the dilemma Cat, the main character, faces and they … Continue reading ‘Ghosts’ graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier magically perfect

‘A Shadow Bright and Burning’ is YA fantasy that will hook the reader

Jessica Cluess manages to hook the reader on the very first page of "A Shadow Bright and Burning." That's not an easy feat -- especially when the reader is weary of young adult fantasies with long titles. They all start to sound the same. But after reading just the first few pages, "A Shadow Bright and … Continue reading ‘A Shadow Bright and Burning’ is YA fantasy that will hook the reader

‘The Great Shelby Holmes’ by Elizabeth Eulberg is a wonderful middle grade mystery

Of the many middle grade Sherlock Holmes wanna-be books written, Elizabeth Eulberg's "The Great Shelby Holmes" certainly deserves a place of honor. It's about a small young genius, Shelby, who loves solving mysteries. The narrator of the story is, of course, John Watson. He's a young African American eleven-year-old who has just moved with his … Continue reading ‘The Great Shelby Holmes’ by Elizabeth Eulberg is a wonderful middle grade mystery

‘First Star I See Tonight’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips' fans will love her latest romance, "First Star I See Tonight." It's pure Phillips, with a feisty heroine, a handsome and super-successful romantic interest, and a plot filled with humor, romantic tension, and a touch of danger. Fans will also enjoy a chance to meet up with people from past stories as this … Continue reading ‘First Star I See Tonight’ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Young dog can’t stop shaking; shelter error almost cost him his life

Just published on Huffington Post: When Buster was put on the kill list at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center in Tampa, Florida, volunteers knew that they needed to start networking him quickly. He was posted on their rescue Facebook page, Rescue Me Tampa, with the other dogs who were on the list to be … Continue reading Young dog can’t stop shaking; shelter error almost cost him his life

Two senior dogs in Miami urgently need rescue or adoption

While the brand new county shelter in Miami says it's "no kill," the numbers don't reflect that. Those who work hard to network the dogs in the shelter have seen what happens to large dogs, bully breeds and senior dogs. In fact, right now there are two senior dogs at the shelter who volunteers are … Continue reading Two senior dogs in Miami urgently need rescue or adoption

Volunteers heartbroken that two special dogs to be killed tomorrow at shelter

Volunteers are desperate to save two dogs who are on the list to be killed tomorrow when their kennels are needed. Cedes is a sweet senior dog who appears to have had a difficult life with little love. Yet she is sweet and affectionate. The other dog, Karma, has known only love in her home. But … Continue reading Volunteers heartbroken that two special dogs to be killed tomorrow at shelter

‘Thieving Weasels’ by Billy Taylor: Young adult humorous con story

Billy Taylor's young adult novel, "Thieving Weasels" is filled with humor, action, and lots of lies. It's about a seventeen year old who was raised by a family of con artists. What Cam (the main character) makes painfully clear in the story is that his family was a uniquely unsuccessful group of con artists. They … Continue reading ‘Thieving Weasels’ by Billy Taylor: Young adult humorous con story

Young dog can’t stop shaking at shelter; he’s on the kill list for tomorrow morning

Buster's owner commented about him on his Facebook thread. She was heartbroken at giving him up (please, no negative comments). Here is what she wrote: Buster was not surrendered for growling at a child - in fact he was never even in the vicinity of a child in his new home - the shelter notes … Continue reading Young dog can’t stop shaking at shelter; he’s on the kill list for tomorrow morning