‘Under Currents’ by Nora Roberts is a sweeping story of life and finding strength after abuse

"Under Currents" is author Nora Roberts at her best. The list of books by this prolific author fills four pages before the start of the novel, and The New Yorker called her "America's most popular novelist." In this story, Roberts attacks an important issue that is too often swept under the rug -- abuse. Children, … Continue reading ‘Under Currents’ by Nora Roberts is a sweeping story of life and finding strength after abuse

‘Emperor of the Universe: A Fable with Spaceships and Aliens’ by David Lubar

David Lubar, beloved author of "The Weenie" series of short stories and "Hidden Talents," hits it out of the park, actually out of the world and out of the galaxy, with "Emperor of the Universe: A Fable with Spaceships and Aliens." Nicholas V. Andrew, a seventh grader, only wants to be on his own when … Continue reading ‘Emperor of the Universe: A Fable with Spaceships and Aliens’ by David Lubar

‘Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson’ is a powerful book that encompasses decades of civil rights struggles and discrimination

"Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson" is a very powerful book. Not only is the story of Katherine Johnson's life inspiring, but the story she tells is filled with emotion and facts and history, and the way she combines them all into this middle grade book is superb. From the … Continue reading ‘Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson’ is a powerful book that encompasses decades of civil rights struggles and discrimination

‘Betrayal in Time’ by Julie McElwain is a wonderful mystery/scifi/historical fiction novel

"Betrayal in Time" by Julie McElwain is the fourth novel in which Kendra Donovan, a 21st century FBI agent, is unwittingly sent to the past while trying to avenge the deaths of  most of her team. Her goal is to kill the culprit in England. When someone beats her to the kill, she escapes up … Continue reading ‘Betrayal in Time’ by Julie McElwain is a wonderful mystery/scifi/historical fiction novel

‘Heart of Barkness’ by Spencer Quinn: Don’t miss this tail-wagging adventure

"Heart of Barkness" by Spencer Quinn brings back mystery-lovers' favorite four-legged detective, Chet, with his sidekick, the two-legged Bernie Little. It's Bernie Little's detective agency, but both Chet and Bernie are very aware that it takes two to solve most mysteries. That's why whenever Bernie introduces himself to someone, he introduces both of them. Chet … Continue reading ‘Heart of Barkness’ by Spencer Quinn: Don’t miss this tail-wagging adventure

‘Bark of Night’ by David Rosenfelt is gripping and filled with surprises and humor

No one does murder and humor like David Rosenfelt, and with "Bark of Night," the nineteenth book in the series featuring reluctant attorney and dog-lover Andy Carpenter, Rosenfelt continues with his trademark sarcasm, self-deprecating narrative, and courtroom drama. After taking his beloved golden retriever, Tara, to the vet for a checkup, Andy is disturbed that … Continue reading ‘Bark of Night’ by David Rosenfelt is gripping and filled with surprises and humor

‘Spin the Dawn’ by Elizabeth Lim is an engrossing fantasy about a young girl whose ambition proves world-changing

In a fictional world reminiscent of ancient China, Elizabeth Lim creates "Spin the Dawn," the story of Maia, daughter of a tailor who is as skilled as any tailor but who is barred from the profession because of her gender. Her father has lost his ambition since the death of Maia's mother, and two of … Continue reading ‘Spin the Dawn’ by Elizabeth Lim is an engrossing fantasy about a young girl whose ambition proves world-changing

‘Storm Blown’ by Nick Courage is a middle grade adventure during a terrible hurricane

In "Storm Blown," author Nick Courage writes about a fictional hurricane and two of the children whose lives are affected by that storm. He's not writing about just any storm, though. This is a once-in-a-lifetime storm, a storm that is fickle and doesn't behave as storm experts expect. Because the story is told from many … Continue reading ‘Storm Blown’ by Nick Courage is a middle grade adventure during a terrible hurricane

Part I: Volunteers feed and save abandoned, scared dogs — big and small — in Redland, Florida

Please note: This article was originally published on ShelterMe.tv in 2016. The Problem: Redland, Florida; it’s a rural area southwest of Miami. A place that is haunted with the despair from the many animals who are abandoned there every week. Daily, cars and trucks stop on one of the streets or highways, open a door, shove … Continue reading Part I: Volunteers feed and save abandoned, scared dogs — big and small — in Redland, Florida

Part II: The Solution to “The abandoned, scared dogs — big and small — in Redland, Florida”

Please note: This article was originally published on ShelterMe.tv in 2016. The Solution (Part II to “Volunteers feed and save abandoned, scared dogs — big and small — in Redland, Florida"): It appears that any solutions to the huge problem of stray and abandoned animals in the rural areas of Miami-Dade County, like Redland and … Continue reading Part II: The Solution to “The abandoned, scared dogs — big and small — in Redland, Florida”

‘P is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever (All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce’ is an EXTREMELY

"P Is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever (All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce)" is truly the BEST book ever! First of all, it's brilliant -- from the choice of alphabet words and for the text that explains what the words mean, and the words and text and … Continue reading ‘P is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever (All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce’ is an EXTREMELY

‘The First Mistake’ by Sandie Jones — riveting and suspenseful

  "The First Mistake" by Sandie Jones is a truly suspenseful mystery with two female protagonists and a plot that is masterfully planned and executed. Alice finally seems to have her life together. After her first husband, Tom, died, she went to pieces. But for the sake of their daughter, she put her life together, … Continue reading ‘The First Mistake’ by Sandie Jones — riveting and suspenseful