‘Two Roads’ by Joseph Bruchac Is a Middle Grade Historical Fiction About Identity and Prejudice

With "Two Roads," Joseph Bruchac again demonstrates his brilliance with a novel that inspires as much as it teaches readers about a neglected part of US history, the treatment of veterans after the first World War. The compelling story also shares very much more -- including ideas about morality among the hoboes of that time, … Continue reading ‘Two Roads’ by Joseph Bruchac Is a Middle Grade Historical Fiction About Identity and Prejudice

‘Santa Bruce’ (and more) by Ryan T. Higgins Is a Picture Book That’s as Much Fun for Adults to Read as for Kids to Listen to

  "Santa¬†Claus Bruce" by the talented Ryan T. Higgins is a picture book that is certainly as much fun (or more) for adults to read as it is for the kids listening to the story. Higgins' wry humor coupled with the extremely expressive illustrations make for a wonderfully satisfying picture book experience. It's winter and … Continue reading ‘Santa Bruce’ (and more) by Ryan T. Higgins Is a Picture Book That’s as Much Fun for Adults to Read as for Kids to Listen to

‘No Fixed Address’ by Susin Nielsen Is a Must-Read Middle Grade Novel That Touches the Heart

"No Fixed Address" by Susin Nielsen grabs the reader from the very first page. Felix Fredrik Knutsson, the almost-thirteen-year-old main character is at a police station answering some basic questions. Name, age, mom's name, address? But that last question -- address -- is not an easy one to answer. Felix and his mom Astrid have … Continue reading ‘No Fixed Address’ by Susin Nielsen Is a Must-Read Middle Grade Novel That Touches the Heart

‘I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep’ by Dev Petty Is a Funny Picture Book That Kids Who Resist Bedtime Will Relate To

Most children don't like bedtime. They will miss out on extended evening fun. Imagine how young Frog feels when it's time to sleep for the WHOLE winter! Author Dev Petty has imagined this, and she shares that in "I Don't Want to Go to Sleep," ably illustrated by Mike Boldt. In fact, this is the … Continue reading ‘I Don’t Want to Go to Sleep’ by Dev Petty Is a Funny Picture Book That Kids Who Resist Bedtime Will Relate To

7 Nonfiction Picture Books Perfect for Gift Giving

Nonfiction picture books are perfect devices to provide information to young readers who would not be able to access chapter books, but who hunger for real facts. Included in this group are picture books about historical figures, modern figures, science and nature. "Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil DeGrasse Tyson" is written by Kathleen Krull … Continue reading 7 Nonfiction Picture Books Perfect for Gift Giving

‘The Traveling Cat Chronicles’ by Hiro Arikawa Is a Spectacularly Charming Tale Narrated by the Cat and his Rescuer

"The Traveling Cat Chronicles" by Hiro Arikawa is a story narrated by a cheeky cat whose pert narrative is touching, humorous, and -- to those who know cats -- pure feline. This is the story of Nana, the supremely wise cat, and Satoru, the supremely wise human who befriends and rescues Nana. Or does Nana … Continue reading ‘The Traveling Cat Chronicles’ by Hiro Arikawa Is a Spectacularly Charming Tale Narrated by the Cat and his Rescuer

Don’t Miss ‘The Storm Runner’ by J. C. Cervantes; the First Book in a New ‘Rick Riordan Presents’ Series

J. C. Cervantes is the talented author who has written the first book in a trilogy about Mayan gods and the kid who is the child of one of them. It's Rick Riordan's "Lightning Thief" taken south to Mexico (and New Mexico). In "The Storm Runner," Zane Obispo, who limps because one leg is shorter … Continue reading Don’t Miss ‘The Storm Runner’ by J. C. Cervantes; the First Book in a New ‘Rick Riordan Presents’ Series

‘Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals’ Is Filled with Beautiful Stories about the Creatures Who Fill our Lives with Beauty

"Love Can Be" is a touching and creative collection of writing about animals and our connections to them. The contributors include Joyce Carol Oates, Delia Ephron, S. E. Hinton, and Reyna Grande. The stories vary in content from Dean Koontz sharing a story about his much-loved dog Trixie, to Reyna Grande discussing monarch butterflies and … Continue reading ‘Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals’ Is Filled with Beautiful Stories about the Creatures Who Fill our Lives with Beauty

Andy Carpenter is ‘Rescued’ In this Latest Mystery by David Rosenfelt

If you've never read an "Andy Carpenter Mystery" by David Rosenfelt, "Rescued" is certainly a fine place to start -- because this entry, the seventeenth in the series, is just as entertaining, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny as all the earlier sixteen. Rosenfelt's dry and self-effacing sense of humor is, as usual, on display on virtually … Continue reading Andy Carpenter is ‘Rescued’ In this Latest Mystery by David Rosenfelt

‘The Truth About Martians’ by Melissa Savage Is A Fascinating Glimpse into UFOs from a Middle Grade Perspective

What really happened in 1947 when a newspaper reported that an alien disk had crashed in the desert near Corona and Roswell? While the US government first reported that they had captured a spacecraft and the news was on the front page of many newspapers, the story quickly changed. It was all a mistake, the … Continue reading ‘The Truth About Martians’ by Melissa Savage Is A Fascinating Glimpse into UFOs from a Middle Grade Perspective

‘The Darkdeep’ by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs Is a True Horror Story for Middle Grade Readers

Both Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs are seasoned writers, and that shows in their newest release, "The Darkdeep." The story is Stephen King for kids, and the horror is all too imaginable, thanks to the well-written descriptions by both authors of the horrors that main character Nico and his friends face in a haunted cove … Continue reading ‘The Darkdeep’ by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs Is a True Horror Story for Middle Grade Readers