Middle Grade Book Review: Jed and the Junkyard War by Steven Bohls – 2.5 stars

Well, I knew the day would come when I was disappointed by a book that I planned to review and wasn’t sure what to say. I have so much respect for authors and the hard work they do to create a piece of literature that it pains me to write a negative review. I considered […]

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 […]

Event Review: Ohioana Book Festival – Main Columbus Metropolitan Public Library Campus – April 27, 2019

I had the privilege of being able to attend the Ohioana Book Festival today and wanted to share my experience! It’s an annual event celebrating Ohio authors and completely free of charge! I know that many of you who read my blog are book lovers like me and today’s book Festival was a book lover’s […]

Book Highlight and Author Visit: Greystone Secrets – The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Spencer and I visited Upper Arlington Public Library again last night for an author visit. Margaret Peterson Haddix was on hand to talk about her three most recent books: Children of Jubilee, Summer of Broken Things and Greystone Secrets: The Strangers. Haddix talked about her writing history…she began as a newspaper journalist and has authored […]

Book Review: Up For Air by Laurie Morrison – 3.5 stars – Available May 6th

Let me start off by saying that I’m pretty stingy with my stars. 3.5 stars should be considered an endorsement from me! I really enjoyed Up For Air by Laurie Morrison and think it is the kind of book I wish I had found when I was an Upper Middle Grade-aged reader! While some of […]

Book Review: Our Castle By the Sea by Lucy Strange – 4.5 stars – Available April 30th

I loved this book! Strange tells the beautiful story of a little girl who taps into her own strength, her family’s live and the lord of her community to make a huge impact in World War II. Petra Zimmermann Smith lives in a lighthouse on the cliffs of England with her mother, father and sister. […]

Book Review and Author Visit: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Spencer and I had the opportunity to listen to and meet Newbery Award-winning author, Kwame Alexander at Upper Arlington Public Library tonight. We had a wonderful time: Alexander is engaging, interesting and entertaining and, as you’ve probably heard, his work is amazing! if the name is familiar but you can’t place the books he’s written…think […]

Children’s Book Review: Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers. Illustrated by Lane Smith

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to review a children’s book for you. This one, by Dave Eggers (you may know him as the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and illustrated by Lane Smith (Stinky Cheese Man anyone?) is a beautiful bedtime story about the things that might happen tomorrow. The […]

Book Review: Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

‘Be kind always…for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about!’ – Ian Maclaren That quote came to mind more than once while I was reading Just Like Jackie. It’s the story of an 11 year old girl named Robinson (after Jackie Robinson) who lives alone with her grandfather and struggles to […]