‘Teeny Weenies’ are the new collections of short stories that kids love by David Lubar

Wonderful children's author David Lubar has two new collections of short stories, "Teeny Weenies: The Intergalactic Petting Zoo" and "Teeny Weenies: Freestyle Frenzy." Kids love the original Weenie series like "Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies," which are perfect for older middle grade readers. In this new "Teeny Weenie" series, the stories are great for younger … Continue reading ‘Teeny Weenies’ are the new collections of short stories that kids love by David Lubar

‘Under the Table’ by Stephanie Evanovich another sweet yet torrid romance

"Under the Table" by Stephanie Evanovich is first and foremost a romance. But there's much more to this novel that by turn enchants, infuriates, and charms the reader. Zoey leaves an abusive husband to flee to New York City and live with her sister, Ruth. Ruth grinds out a 9 to 5 job during the … Continue reading ‘Under the Table’ by Stephanie Evanovich another sweet yet torrid romance

‘The Friendship War’ by Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements is the king of middle grade novels centering around school and relationships. "The Friendship War" continues his long and prolific string of books about elementary school relationships that explore how children relate, how they form friendships, and how the school environment can influence those life experiences. "The Friendship War" starts with Grace's summer … Continue reading ‘The Friendship War’ by Andrew Clements

‘Swimming for Sunlight’ by Allie Larkin is about love and loss and living in spite of it all (and there’s a dog)

"Swimming for Sunlight" by Allie Larkin has it all -- but mostly it has a main character who has experienced it all, and in her case that's not a good thing. Katie has experienced much loss. Her father died when she was young. Even worse was how it happened; he died when he was swimming … Continue reading ‘Swimming for Sunlight’ by Allie Larkin is about love and loss and living in spite of it all (and there’s a dog)

‘How Many: A Counting Book’ by Christopher Danielson is a deceptively simple picture book that helps develop mathematical thinking

"How Many: A Counting Book" by Christopher Danielson is a very simple yet brilliantly composed book of pictures about counting. There are no right answers, and Danielson states at the start of the book: "This is a book about numbers and counting, but it's different from other counting books. This book doesn't tell you what … Continue reading ‘How Many: A Counting Book’ by Christopher Danielson is a deceptively simple picture book that helps develop mathematical thinking

‘When We Left Cuba’ by Chanel Cleeton is a beautiful historical fiction espionage romance

“When We Left Cuba” by Chanel Cleeton is the gripping story of Beatriz Perez, daughter to a sugar baron in Cuba whose family fled when Castro’s army took over the island paradise. Living a grand but reduced lifestyle in Palm Beach, Beatriz’ mother is constantly scheming for her daughters to marry well and restore the … Continue reading ‘When We Left Cuba’ by Chanel Cleeton is a beautiful historical fiction espionage romance

‘The Better Sister’ by Alafair Burke is a gripping story of love, sisterhood, and the lengths we go to when protecting those we love

"The Better Sister" by Alafair Burke is the story of two sisters; one is -- to all appearances -- perfect. Chloe might be the younger sister, but she has achieved what few do, fame, wealth, a very important job, accolades, and even the perfect husband and son. In reality, the son is her nephew and … Continue reading ‘The Better Sister’ by Alafair Burke is a gripping story of love, sisterhood, and the lengths we go to when protecting those we love

‘The Strangers: Greystone Secrets’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in this gripping series

"The Strangers: Greystone Secrets" is the first book in this new series by bestselling children's author Margaret Peterson Haddix. Haddix is no stranger to writing children's series that are thrilling and that kids love to read including "The Missing" and "Shadow Children." This series promises to be just as exciting and addicting as those. In … Continue reading ‘The Strangers: Greystone Secrets’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in this gripping series

‘High Five’ by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri is a picture book that will have kids high-fiving all the way home

With "High Five," Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri have created a picture book that enchants and excites kids of all ages. I know, because in my own experience, this colorful and action-filled book has been a hit with kids from three years old through 5th grade. I read this book to kindergarten students, and while … Continue reading ‘High Five’ by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri is a picture book that will have kids high-fiving all the way home

Devastated adopter after shelter allowed his dog to die, “They take dogs away from people for being treated like that and then they do it themselves right here.”

What happens when a shelter allows a dog to suffer in agony for days before the staff veterinarian bothers to check on the dog, then finding that his intestines had perforated, and he had to be euthanized? What happens when after surgery, another dog is allowed to bleed to death, found two days later dead … Continue reading Devastated adopter after shelter allowed his dog to die, “They take dogs away from people for being treated like that and then they do it themselves right here.”

‘Operation Frog Effect’ by Sarah Scheerger: Middle grade book review by 4th grade guest reviewer

"Operation Frog Effect" by Sarah Scheerger will excite its readers. In this book, students must learn to work together. That is their challenge. The book has a great lesson, and it shows what could happen when students get carried away with good intentions but disastrous results. Though the students in the classroom may have their … Continue reading ‘Operation Frog Effect’ by Sarah Scheerger: Middle grade book review by 4th grade guest reviewer

‘They All Fall Down’ by Rachel Howzell Hall thrills readers to the end

"They All Fall Down" by Rachel Howzell Hall keeps some secrets closely hidden, while others -- like the title -- are out there for everyone to see. And when Miriam Macy sails to the luxurious mansion on Mictlan, an isolated island in Mexico, she keeps her secrets hidden almost to the end. But what about … Continue reading ‘They All Fall Down’ by Rachel Howzell Hall thrills readers to the end