‘What Jonah Knew’ by Barbara Graham is an emotional story of a life cut short and the young boy who knows too much

What Jonah Knew by Barbara Graham Although "What Jonah Knew" is Barbara Graham's first novel, she is a seasoned writer. That experience is ably reflected in the narrative -- we are invested in the story from the first page (I could not stop reading this book). We know something bad happens to Henry Bird, the … Continue reading ‘What Jonah Knew’ by Barbara Graham is an emotional story of a life cut short and the young boy who knows too much

‘Some of It Was Real’ by Nan Fischer is about believing in yourself and finding out difficult truths

Some of It Was Real by Nan Fischer Some books grab you from the first page, and reading on and on becomes almost as important as breathing and eating. "Some of It Was Real" by veteran author Nan Fischer is one such novel. How can we not fall for a young woman who has as … Continue reading ‘Some of It Was Real’ by Nan Fischer is about believing in yourself and finding out difficult truths

Nonfiction animal picture books for back-to-school adventure and learning

Teachers love using picture books to teach concepts to students from kindergarten through middle school. Picture books are usually easy to understand, and the visuals help all kinds of learners access the information. They can be entertaining as well, so children learn reading is fun, not work. Here are some wonderful new picture books to … Continue reading Nonfiction animal picture books for back-to-school adventure and learning

‘Dreaming of Flight’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a brilliant and touching story of love and loss

Dreaming of Flight by Catherine Ryan Hyde Fans of Catherine Ryan Hyde will adore her new novel featuring, as protagonist, an eleven-year-old boy named Stewie. Stewie's life has been tough. His parents died when he was a baby, his older brother Theo has cerebral palsy, and his sister Stacey is raising them alone on her … Continue reading ‘Dreaming of Flight’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a brilliant and touching story of love and loss

‘Every Dog in the Neighborhood’ by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell: A story of activism…and dogs

Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell "Every Dog in the Neighborhood," acclaimed author Philip C. Stead and award-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell's new collaboration, is much more than it would appear to be by looking at the cover. Yes, it's about the many and varied types of dogs in a … Continue reading ‘Every Dog in the Neighborhood’ by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell: A story of activism…and dogs

‘The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames’ by Lisa McMann is the first in a new middle grade fantasy series

The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames In her new series, "The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames," Lisa McMann creates an action-filled fantasy with children who have supernatural powers but must survive on their own after the last adult in their group dies. The five children have always lived in a secret hideaway far from civilization … Continue reading ‘The Forgotten Five: Map of Flames’ by Lisa McMann is the first in a new middle grade fantasy series

‘Citizen K-9: A K Team Novel’ by David Rosenfelt solves another complicated crime

Citizen K-9 by David Rosenfelt (dog: Lexi, a Rockpit rescue) This latest David Rosenfelt novel should come with a warning: Be aware that reading this book will probably cause you to now have a new, must-read series. Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series is much beloved by readers who enjoy the clever mysteries, the canine characters, and … Continue reading ‘Citizen K-9: A K Team Novel’ by David Rosenfelt solves another complicated crime

‘Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough’ by Claire Cook is the latest entry in that popular and charming series

Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough by Claire Cook Some books you read because they teach you something, some books are read for lengthy book club discussions, and some books, like "Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough," the eighth book in this engaging and humorous series, you read simply to escape from reality and jump into the … Continue reading ‘Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough’ by Claire Cook is the latest entry in that popular and charming series

‘Code Name: Serendipity’ by Amber Smith is a sweet doggy tale of friendship, family, growing up, and most of all, compassion

Code Name: Serendipity by Amber Smith With her new middle grade novel, "Code Name: Serendipity," author Amber Smith presents an eleven-year-old fifth grader named Sadie. Sadie doesn't feel as if she fits in anywhere because now that her best friend, Jude, has moved away, she has no one at school to talk to, ride the … Continue reading ‘Code Name: Serendipity’ by Amber Smith is a sweet doggy tale of friendship, family, growing up, and most of all, compassion