Book Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen – 5 stars

I’m not sure how I’ve gotten so far in my life without reading this book, but I was definitely missing out. My son read this one for school and really enjoyed it so I decided to give it a spin! I was really glad I did. Written as a Middle Grade read, I found this …

Book Review: York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby – 4 stars

I had heard such wonderful things about Laura Ruby’s York: The Shadow Cipher! And, knowing that the 2nd book in the series, York: The Clockwork Ghost was releasing on May 14th, I just had to dig into it and find out what all the fuss was about! I really was not disappointed! This book was …

VOTE NOW!! Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club – 2nd Meeting! Help pick the book!!!

Our last Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club pick was The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict and, whole the meeting was sparsely attended, it was a lot of fun! I’d love to have more of you join us this time…so I need your help picking the book!Since this blog focuses on Middle …

Book Review: Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith – 4.5 stars

This book is beautiful, lyrical, sad and hopeful. It’s one that has stuck with me for many days after I finished reading it. Delivered in verse, (Thank you Kwame Alexander for teaching me to appreciate books in verse!) Ebb and Flow packs a punch without flowery or abundant language. Ebb and Flow Smith’s book is …

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 …

Pick the book for the inaugural Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club Meeting!

The inaugural Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club will take place May 14th, 2019 at 8:00pm EDT.  That gives us a little more than a month to pick and read a book that we want to discuss as a group! To help us out with that, I’ve narrowed the list to 6 books:  2 Contemporary …

Jed and the Junkyard War

Couldn’t wait to share with you what came in my Middle Grade Book Drop box this month! Spencer and I are so excited to read this one: the cover art reminds us of The Fog Diver which has been one of our absolute favorite middle grade reads of all time! We positioned it in the …

The Book Drop

As you can tell by my post yesterday about Gwynnie Bee, when I find a brand or service that I particularly love, I’m particularly loyal and especially vocal about it!  As many of you know, there are few things I love as much as reading and surprises…so The Book Drop from Bethany Beach Books has …

That’s ME! What Should I Read Next? Episode 106

What Should I Read Next? Episode 106 I’m honored to have been asked to participate in Anne Bogel’s amazing podcast:  What Should I Read Next?  I’ve been a huge fan for a couple of years and have listened to every episode so I was incredibly excited to get to be Anne’s guest for Episode 106. …