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 […]

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: 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 […]

Author Interview: Scott Reintgen – author of the Nyxia Series

Nyxia Uprising Released Today! Kindle Versions of Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed $1.99 today! See links at bottom of post! It’s a big day at my house! Nyxia Uprising was released today!  Spencer and I LOVED Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed so we’ve had Uprising on order for at least 6 months!  I think we’re both ready […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do you know this man?

No? Well you should! I’ll give you a few hints: 1) He’s the author of my son’s absolute favorite YA book series. 2) His last book in that trilogy will be released April 16th. 3) He has another book coming out late this year and one early next. 4) He is generous and kind and […]

Book Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Are you ready to have your heart broken and then slowly put back together piece by piece? That’s what Jared Reck does in A Short History of the Girl Next Door and I loved it! The book unfolded in three distinct parts for me: Part 1: Protagonist Matt Wainwright details his life growing up with […]