Guest Book Review: The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister – 4 stars – Review by Sarah Williams – Available May 21st!

Have you ever been transported back to the memory of a time and place by a smell?  The Scent Keeper is a man with a seemingly magical machine that can preserve those smells on “scent papers” that he keeps in sealed glass jars.  This is one of the unusual truths Emmeline grows up with, living […]

Book Review: The Archive of Alternate Endings by Lindsey Drager – 5 stars!

This book!  I’m not even sure what to say!  I’m a pretty simple reader who loves books but doesn’t have a very ‘sophisticated palate’ when it comes to writing.  This book, however, is absolutely beautifully written and even a neophyte like me can tell!  The message in this book is powerful, the writing evocative and […]

Author Event: Celeste Ng at La Tavola Restaurant and Grandview Heights High School – Columbus, Ohio

I had the privilege of dining with Celeste Ng at La Tavola Restaurant and then attending her on-stage interview at Grandview Heights High School tonight. Author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere, Ng was incredibly gracious and personable.  Having the opportunity to meet her and hear her thoughts from the stage […]

Book Review: Never Sit If You Can Dance by Jo Giese – 4 stars

You know all those things that your mom and/or grandma say that you don’t pay any attention to day-to-day but become part of the fabric of your life? That’s what this book is about. A light read with a heavier impact, this book is sweet and endearing but will leave you slightly emotional and weave […]

Middle Grade Book Review: The Wrong Shoes by Caryn Rivadeneira, Illustrated by Graham Ross – 4 stars

This book’s subtitle is ‘A Book About Money and Self-Esteem’ and that’s what I really liked about it: it covers topics of financial literacy and self-esteem in ways that are extremely accessible to its target audience (8-12 years old.)  Peppered with engaging, comedic illustrations from Ross, the book moves along at quick clip and will […]

Book Review: The Wonder of Lost Causes by Nick Trout – 4 stars

As Mark Twain said, ‘I like a good story, well told…’ That’s exactly how I would describe The Wonder of Lost Causes. Nick Trout presents the story of an 11-year old boy (Jasper) who has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and lives alone with his veterinarian mother, Kate. Told from alternating viewpoints (Jasper’s and Kate’s) we learn […]

Middle Grade Book Review: Misha Alexandrov by Jan Karol Tanaka – 4.5 stars

Misha Alexandrov, by Jan Karol Tanaka, is the story of a mixed-race (Russian and Aleut) 10 year-old boy who migrates to California’s north coast in the early 1800s as part of a boat crew of working men. Misha lost his mother prior to embarking on the trip with his father and was then orphaned in […]

Don’t Forget! Mama Panda Bear Book Club will discuss The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict online on May 14th at 8pm EDT!

I hope you are enjoying reading the book! If you haven’t stated yet, there’s still plenty of time! The Only Woman in the Room is a historical novel about Hedy Lamarr and her role in WWII in Austria. This is the story you’ve never heard about a woman of incredible talent, beauty and smarts! Details […]

Children’s Book Review: A Voice for the Spirit Bears by Carmen Oliver Illustrated by Katy Dockrill – 4 stars – Available May 7th!

Every now and then I’m asked to review a very simple children’s book that just hits all the right notes! I recently received an ARC of A Voice for the Spirit Bears and it definitely falls into that category. Targeted to children ages 6 to 9 (though I can see how it would be enjoyable […]

Book Review: Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – 3.5 stars – Available May 7th!

Shouting at the Rain is the story of twelve-year-old Delsie who lives on Cape Cod with her grandmother. Her grandmother and grandfather are the only family that Delsie can remember and her grandmother refuses to talk about her mother at all. The absence of a mother and father is beginning to trouble Delsie as she […]