‘The Kids’ Picture Show’ Now in Book Format: ‘Animals’ and ‘Vehicles’

  "The Kids' Picture Show" is an educational channel on YouTube for toddlers, preschoolers and even kindergarteners. It shows retro pixelated images of a variety of things sorted by type and with accompanying labels. Now, there are board books with the same pixel-heavy and labeled images: "Vehicles" and "Animals." The board books are durable, and … Continue reading ‘The Kids’ Picture Show’ Now in Book Format: ‘Animals’ and ‘Vehicles’

‘Kingdom of the Blind’ by Louise Penny is a Careful Balance Between Mystery and Canadian Small-Town Winter Charm

Jump right in to "Kingdom of the Blind" by Louise Penny even though it's the eleventh in this series about Armand Gamache, a detective in Québec who has risen through the ranks although is he currently suspended. In this story, he is appointed as a liquidator, or executor, of the will of a woman he … Continue reading ‘Kingdom of the Blind’ by Louise Penny is a Careful Balance Between Mystery and Canadian Small-Town Winter Charm

‘Love á la Mode’ by Stephanie Kate Strohm is a Delicious Light-hearted Young Adult Romance

"Love á la Mode" by Stephanie Kate Strohm is a delightful story of two young wanna-be chefs who win a year in Paris studying cooking at the école (school) of a famous chef. The story is told in alternating chapters narrated by the two main characters. In some ways, Rosie Radeke and Henry Yi couldn't … Continue reading ‘Love á la Mode’ by Stephanie Kate Strohm is a Delicious Light-hearted Young Adult Romance

‘Villain’ by Michael Grant Is the Latest Horror Story in the ‘Gone’ Series

Get ready for a set of new superheroes. And super bad guys. "Villain" by Michael Grant has them all. First there was the "Gone" series that detailed life in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) which featured the story of children, some with super-powers, and monsters living under a dome. Then came "Monster," about what … Continue reading ‘Villain’ by Michael Grant Is the Latest Horror Story in the ‘Gone’ Series

‘Little White Lies’ by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Is a Lovely YA Tale of Determination and Debutantes

Former debutante Jennifer Lynn Barnes shares with readers the trials and tribulations of what goes into being a society deb and living the life of the rich and famous. In "Little White Lies," protagonist Sawyer Taft goes from fixing cars and taking care of her mother to living with her grandmother and participating in nine … Continue reading ‘Little White Lies’ by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Is a Lovely YA Tale of Determination and Debutantes

‘The Perfect Candidate’ by Peter Stone

In "The Perfect Candidate," debut author Peter Stone uses Washington, DC as the perfect backdrop for a young high school graduate from rural California who becomes enmeshed in a murder mystery. The story is actually a thriller as Cameron Carter, the small town Congressional intern to charismatic Congressman Billy Beck, discovers that the Congressman he … Continue reading ‘The Perfect Candidate’ by Peter Stone

‘An Anonymous Girl’ by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Is a Psychological Thriller that Won’t Be Put Down

With "An Anonymous Girl," Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have created a novel that entices the reader into the dual narrative to a point when the reader can't stop reading to find out how it all ends. Which of the women narrating their story will come out on top? Will Jessica, known as Jess to … Continue reading ‘An Anonymous Girl’ by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Is a Psychological Thriller that Won’t Be Put Down

‘Children of Jubilee’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix Is the Final Book in the trilogy ‘Children of Exile’

"Children of Jubilee" is the third in the brilliant "Children of Exile" trilogy by adored children's author Margaret Peterson Haddix. It's the culmination of a series of books that, like many of her books, explore the themes of prejudice and children and how sometimes, children can see through the prejudices that adults have fallen prey … Continue reading ‘Children of Jubilee’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix Is the Final Book in the trilogy ‘Children of Exile’

‘Deck the Hounds’ by David Rosenfelt Is Another Witty and Dog-Filled Mystery

"Deck the Hounds" by David Rosenfelt is the newest mystery in the brilliant "Andy Carpenter" series, and it's perfect for reading during the holiday season. It's also perfect for reading after the holiday season since in the story, the holiday season lasts until late into winter. As the self-styled curmudgeon Andy Carpenter complains at the … Continue reading ‘Deck the Hounds’ by David Rosenfelt Is Another Witty and Dog-Filled Mystery

‘Now You See Her’ by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki Is a YA Thriller

"Now You See Her" by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki is a young adult novel based on an improbable occurrence. Two high school girls, one driving through a rainstorm and the other running into the street to avoid a kidnapper, switch bodies. Amelia wakes up in a body that is entirely unfamiliar to her. White … Continue reading ‘Now You See Her’ by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki Is a YA Thriller