‘Soldier Dog’ by Sam Angus Is a Middle Grade Historical Fiction Novel About a Boy and the Dogs Who Saved Him

"Soldier Dog" by Sam Angus is the kind of story that lulls the reader along, reading about racing dogs and a boy who loves them and struggles with his bitter father while they live in rural England during the first World War. The boy, Stanley Ryder, joins the army even though he's only fourteen because … Continue reading ‘Soldier Dog’ by Sam Angus Is a Middle Grade Historical Fiction Novel About a Boy and the Dogs Who Saved Him

‘The Creativity Project: An Awesome Story Collection’ Is Edited by Colby Sharp and Perfect for Short Story Readers and Teachers

"The Creativity Project: An Awesome Story Collection" is edited by brilliant teacher Colby Sharp, who is also a blogger and important advocate for children's literature. He started the Nerdy Book Club with other book-loving educators, and the group has become hugely respected in the literary world of children's books. This book is Sharp's debut in … Continue reading ‘The Creativity Project: An Awesome Story Collection’ Is Edited by Colby Sharp and Perfect for Short Story Readers and Teachers

‘What the Night Sings’ by Vesper Stamper: A Touching Book about Rebuilding Life After Losing Everything and Everyone

In this touching Holocaust story, "What the Night Sings," by Vesper Stamper, a young Holocaust survivor must reconcile her life after she is liberated from a concentration camp. The reader meets Gerta at Bergen-Belsen just before the camp is liberated. Rivkah, an acquaintance of Gerta's parents from their hometown of Köln, is dying in Gerta's … Continue reading ‘What the Night Sings’ by Vesper Stamper: A Touching Book about Rebuilding Life After Losing Everything and Everyone

‘Can I Be Your Dog?’ by Troy Cummings Is a Must-Have Picture Book for Dog Lovers

"Can I Be Your Dog?" by Troy Cummings is a book that should be on the shelf of every family who loves dogs. It's an extremely touching story of a homeless dog who wants nothing more than a home of his own. He decides to try to find a home by writing letters to the … Continue reading ‘Can I Be Your Dog?’ by Troy Cummings Is a Must-Have Picture Book for Dog Lovers

‘The Traitor’s Game’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen Is Thrilling Fantasy with Surprises to Spare

"The Traitor's Game" is Book One in Jennifer A. Nielsen's newest series, and it's sure to become just as popular, just as adored as her other award-winning books. It's the fantasy story of a kingdom with a cruel magical ruler, Lord Endrick, who seems immortal and whose viciousness is unparalleled. Kestra Dallisor's father is the … Continue reading ‘The Traitor’s Game’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen Is Thrilling Fantasy with Surprises to Spare

‘The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig’ Is a Picture Book that Will Charm Readers Young and Old

"The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig" by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter and Caprice Crane is illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. It's a lovely picture book about a pig who grew and grew -- not only in size, but also in the hearts of those who love her. Esther's story is incredible. Adopted as a … Continue reading ‘The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig’ Is a Picture Book that Will Charm Readers Young and Old

‘Being Fishkill’ by Ruth Lehrer Is a Heartbreaking Young Adult Novel About Those Born into Despair

"Being Fishkill" by Ruth Lehrer is a book that will break your heart and force you to think about the horrors that a troubled family may engender. If you are born into a family filled with incest, abuse, and poverty, your choices, your life, and your future may be forfeit to a fate from which … Continue reading ‘Being Fishkill’ by Ruth Lehrer Is a Heartbreaking Young Adult Novel About Those Born into Despair

20 Dogs in Rural Florida County Shelter Urgently Need Rescue by March 20

There are 20 dogs at the Sebring, Florida county shelter who are scheduled to be killed on Tuesday if they are not rescued or adopted before then. The volunteers are desperately trying to spread the word so that no lives are lost. Please share their story and please see if any of these dogs might … Continue reading 20 Dogs in Rural Florida County Shelter Urgently Need Rescue by March 20

‘Read the Book, Lemmings!’ by Ame Dyckman Is A Darling & Humorous Picture Book About the Value of Reading

It's funny, it's informative, it's clever, and the illustrations are great. "Read the Book, Lemmings!" by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora is a must-have for toddlers and kids through third grade. The adults reading the book will love it, too! The book begins with some facts about lemmings: "lemmings: small, fuzzy, illiterate rodents … Continue reading ‘Read the Book, Lemmings!’ by Ame Dyckman Is A Darling & Humorous Picture Book About the Value of Reading

‘The Wife’ by Alafair Burke Is a Suspense-Filled #MeToo Novel

In "The Wife," Alafair Burke manages to combine several characters who bring plenty of backstory to the novel. The titular wife, Angela, is the survivor of a kidnapping she had suffered as a teenager. She and another teen were kept by a sadistic rapist and tortured for years. She finally escaped with a baby, but … Continue reading ‘The Wife’ by Alafair Burke Is a Suspense-Filled #MeToo Novel

‘The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome’ and ‘The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution’ Are Both ‘Handbooks for Time Travelers’ by Jonathan W. Stokes

  Kids who love reading about history and facts will love "The Thrifty Guide" books, billed as "A Handbook for Time Travelers," a time-traveling series by talented author Jonathan W. Stokes. Sprinkled throughout the books are references to vacation packages to exotic places/times like ancient Rome and other hot locales. There are also legal warnings … Continue reading ‘The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome’ and ‘The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution’ Are Both ‘Handbooks for Time Travelers’ by Jonathan W. Stokes