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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Review: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni – 5 stars!

When you are as obsessed with ‘all things books’ the way I am, it’s not very often that you read a book that you’ve never heard of and LOVE it! I read so many book recommendation lists, subscribe to so many book emails and services and listen to so many bookish podcasts that I often […]

Book Review: Coloring Books and Journals from Cindy Elsharouni – 4 stars

Recently, I was contacted by Cindy Elsharouni who inquired as to whether or not I would be willing to review some coloring books and journals that she creates.  I was initially a little hesitant…sometimes unsolicited requests can put me in a situation where I have to tell the creator that I’m uncomfortable reviewing their work.  […]