‘Dark August’ by Katie Tallo a tale of murder, betrayal, and revenge

August is a month filled with the afternoon sounds of cicadas indicating that summer is almost over, and in "Dark August," Katie Tallo fills us with so much darkness, tragedy, and despair that there are no sunny summer days and beautiful summer nights at all. The story starts slowly. And the Gus (Augusta) Monet we … Continue reading ‘Dark August’ by Katie Tallo a tale of murder, betrayal, and revenge

‘War Stories’ by Gordon Korman is a middle grade novel about war and war games

Gordon Korman's books are among the most popular novels for middle grade readers. Kids love them. His "Swindle" series is addictive, and his stand alone novels like "Restart" and "Slacker" are thoughtful and humorous at the same time. "War Stories," his newest middle grade novel, is thoughtful, but necessarily less humorous; it delves into a … Continue reading ‘War Stories’ by Gordon Korman is a middle grade novel about war and war games

‘ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses’ by Melissa Stewart will astonish kids and adults alike

"ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses" by Melissa Stewart is a book that will astonish adults and delight children who never realized all the myriad synonyms for the word "poop." This non-fiction magazine-type book published by National Geographic Kids is filled with glorious photos and ample information about animals whose personal habits will … Continue reading ‘ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses’ by Melissa Stewart will astonish kids and adults alike