‘Endling: The First’ is the second book in the heartwarming and thoughtful Endling series

Don't miss Katherine Applegate's newest series, "Endling," consisting of the first book, "Endling: The Last" and this book, "Endling: The First." Applegate's genius is her ability to write a book filled with adventure and endearing characters, and at the same time use the beliefs and lessons learned in the stories to teach readers about kindness, … Continue reading ‘Endling: The First’ is the second book in the heartwarming and thoughtful Endling series

‘The Last Time I Saw You’ by Liv Constantine keeps readers guessing until the end

"The Last Time I Saw You" by Liv Constantine is a fabulous mystery. Like their first novel (Liv Constantine is actually two sisters),  "The Last Mrs. Parrish," which was a bestseller, this one has twists aplenty and keeps the reader glued to the story until the wonderful ending. While some mysteries keep the reader guessing … Continue reading ‘The Last Time I Saw You’ by Liv Constantine keeps readers guessing until the end

‘Pie in the Sky’ by Remy Lai is a charming middle grade illustrated novel about adapting and coping with change and loss

"Pie in the Sky" by Remy Lai is a beautifully crafted middle grade story about some very real issues, loss and feeling alone, that almost everyone, at every spectrum of socio-economic status, experiences. In this story, two brothers and their mother move to Australia after their father dies. While their mama speaks English fairly well, … Continue reading ‘Pie in the Sky’ by Remy Lai is a charming middle grade illustrated novel about adapting and coping with change and loss

‘Such a Perfect Wife’ by Kate White is a great addition to the thrilling Bailey Weggins murder mystery series

In "Such a Perfect Wife," author Kate White's main character, Bailey Weggins, not Wiggins, is on the scene of another complex murder. This one is in the Adirondack area of New York, on scenic Lake George, where beautiful Shannon Blaine takes off for her usual morning jog and disappears. Bailey arrives as the search is … Continue reading ‘Such a Perfect Wife’ by Kate White is a great addition to the thrilling Bailey Weggins murder mystery series

‘Spark’ by Sarah Beth Durst is a middle grade fantasy about making a difference, quietly

With "Spark," Sarah Beth Durst proves that you don't have to be loud or pushy to make a difference. In this middle grade fantasy, Mina learns that with the support and love of friends and her storm beast, she can change big things. In Alorria, storm beasts make the weather perfect day in and day … Continue reading ‘Spark’ by Sarah Beth Durst is a middle grade fantasy about making a difference, quietly

‘The Mother-in-Law’ by Sally Hepworth is filled with thoughtful insight into complicated relationships

"The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth is a story that intrigues while also leaving the reader to reconsider what is important in life. The story is told from two points of view -- Diana, married with two adult children, and Lucy, married to Ollie, Diana's oldest son. At the very start of the story, Lucy and … Continue reading ‘The Mother-in-Law’ by Sally Hepworth is filled with thoughtful insight into complicated relationships

‘Kid Normal’ by Greg James and Chris Smith: A student review

"Kid Normal" by Greg James and Chris Smith is a wonderful illustrated novel that is sure to attract readers. Kicking off the start of a series, it is packed with action and humor. It shows how something good can often come out of something bad. The characters are passionate and will not give up. This … Continue reading ‘Kid Normal’ by Greg James and Chris Smith: A student review

‘The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade’ by Jordan Sonnenblick: A student review

"The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade" by Jordan Sonnenblick is a book that will inspire readers to think about bullying and do their part to make their world a bully-free zone.  Even though it is a little bit sad, the bibliophile will be touched by this moving story. This book shows how some people have … Continue reading ‘The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade’ by Jordan Sonnenblick: A student review

‘The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters’ by Balli Kaur Jaswal is a fascinating story about family and figuring out what’s important

In "The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters," Balli Kaur Jaswal tells the story of three Sikh sisters whose lives have drifted apart, but who honor their mother's final wish by taking a pilgrimage to India to visit places in her home state of Punjab that she didn't get to see during her life and … Continue reading ‘The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters’ by Balli Kaur Jaswal is a fascinating story about family and figuring out what’s important

‘Perfect Imperfection: Dog portraits of resilience and love’ by Alex Cearns

"Perfect Imperfection: Dog portraits of resilience and love" by Alex Cearns is a book about dogs who are missing something -- an eye or a leg. Some have had rough beginnings, but make no mistake, these dogs are all beautiful. The book is a small, coffee-table kind of book. The photographs are beautiful, all taken … Continue reading ‘Perfect Imperfection: Dog portraits of resilience and love’ by Alex Cearns