‘Colorama: From Fuchsia to Midnight Blue’ by Cruschiform Is a Heavy Tome with Fascinating Information about Colors

You'll not find a book more colorful than "Colorama: From Fuchsia to Midnight Blue" by Cruschiform, but inside the covers, you will find pages of color and information about such varied hues as "fawn," lapiz lazuli,"mint diabolo," "chlorophyll," and even "poop." Art lovers, artists, children who love to paint, everyone will enjoy leafing through this … Continue reading ‘Colorama: From Fuchsia to Midnight Blue’ by Cruschiform Is a Heavy Tome with Fascinating Information about Colors

‘Front Desk’ by Kelly Yang: Superb Middle Grade Fiction Kids (and Adults) Will Love

In her fiction-based-on-real-life novel "Front Desk," author Kelly Yang hits every note perfectly. The main character is authentic (maybe because it's based on Yang) and readers automatically like her. She's far from perfect on many levels, so readers will be able to identify with her. Although the plot is not about murder or mystery, it's … Continue reading ‘Front Desk’ by Kelly Yang: Superb Middle Grade Fiction Kids (and Adults) Will Love

‘Your Robot Dog Will Die’ by Arin Greenwood Is a Thought-Provoking Coming-of-Age Young Adult Novel about Integrity and Loving Animals

In "Your Robot Dog Will Die," author Arin Greenwood packs a lot of ideas for readers -- especially young adult readers -- to ponder. Why do most of us love our dogs so passionately that if we didn't have real dogs, we just might grow to love robot dogs as much?  But fear not, the … Continue reading ‘Your Robot Dog Will Die’ by Arin Greenwood Is a Thought-Provoking Coming-of-Age Young Adult Novel about Integrity and Loving Animals

‘Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship’ by L. M. Elliot

L. M. Elliot's latest brilliant piece of historical fiction for young adults, "Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship," is a fascinating study of the life and loves of Peggy Schuyler. She was the daughter of a famous Revolutionary War general and counter-intelligence agent, the sister of two equally important women of the era, and the … Continue reading ‘Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship’ by L. M. Elliot

‘The Unicorn Quest’ by Kamilla Benko Is a Creative Tale of Magic, Unicorns, and Sisterly Love

Middle grade fantasy lovers will adore "The Unicorn Quest" by Kamilla Benko. It's about sisters Sophie and Claire, who move with their parents into their Great-Aunt's mansion after her mysterious disappearance. Sophie is the older sister, the one who adores adventures. She calls them Experiences. Claire often follows along, but she's the quieter sister, preferring … Continue reading ‘The Unicorn Quest’ by Kamilla Benko Is a Creative Tale of Magic, Unicorns, and Sisterly Love

‘This Fallen Prey’ by Kelley Armstrong Is the Third in the Rockton Series

"This Fallen Prey" by Kelley Armstrong is the third entry in the novel series about Rockton, a place in the far North Canadian Yukon where the permafrost never melts and a hidden settlement protects people who need to disappear for almost any reason. Casey (not her real name) arrived at Rockton in the first book … Continue reading ‘This Fallen Prey’ by Kelley Armstrong Is the Third in the Rockton Series

‘The Woman Left Behind’ by Linda Howard, the Romance/Suspense Queen of Writers

In "The Woman Left Behind," Linda Howard returns to the scene -- in a manner of speaking -- of her last book, "Troublemaker," to the paramilitary group working out of Washington, DC. Jina Modell works in communications and plays video games in the break room with many of the other gamers she works with. They … Continue reading ‘The Woman Left Behind’ by Linda Howard, the Romance/Suspense Queen of Writers

‘A List of Cages’ by Robin Roe Is a Beautiful Tale of Friendship Overcoming Evil

"A List of Cages" by Robin Roe is a young adult book that is extremely powerful and heartrending, yet also uplifting. It's a testament to the power of friendship, and it's a cautionary tale to those who foster or work with children. It's the story of two boys, Adam and Julian, and the bond that … Continue reading ‘A List of Cages’ by Robin Roe Is a Beautiful Tale of Friendship Overcoming Evil

‘LOVE’ by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long: A Picture Book Filled with Beautiful Emotion

What do you get when an award-winning author and an award-winning author/illustrator collaborate on a book about love? You get "Love" by Newbery Medal-winning Matt de la Peña and New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long. This carefully thought-out picture book is filled with diversity and loving parents and grandparents, and it begins with a … Continue reading ‘LOVE’ by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long: A Picture Book Filled with Beautiful Emotion

‘Refugee’ by Alan Gratz: Creative, Touching, and Inspiring Middle Grade Historical Fiction

Alan Gratz's middle grade books are always a great read, but with "Refugee," he takes his writing to a new level. In this historical fiction novel, Gratz takes readers to three different periods in times -- simultaneously -- by telling three stories of young people, each of whom is a refugee. One is Josef Landau, … Continue reading ‘Refugee’ by Alan Gratz: Creative, Touching, and Inspiring Middle Grade Historical Fiction