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: The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler – 4 stars

I recently received an electronic Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) of The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler and was excited to have the chance to read it. The cover is fantastic (as you can see above) and I truly believe that a great cover is the first step toward drawing in the reader. The Magnetic Girl […]

Book Review: Once a Liar by A. F. Brady – 4 stars

As promised last week, I finished Once a Liar by A.F. Brady and wanted to share my thoughts with you! Let me start off by saying that this book is DARK. If you are looking for cuddly characters who warm your heart with whimsy…this is NOT your book. I love a good warm, whimsical novel […]

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 […]

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. 4.5 stars

We’re going backlist today and I have to start with the story of how I came to own this book. I had heard a lot about this book and seen copies of it everywhere 2 years ago when I was on a business trip. On a layover at Chicago Midway, I sat down next to […]

And We Have a Winner…

Thanks to those of you who voted, The Mana Panda Bear Virtual Book Club will be reading The Only Woman in the Room for the May book club session on May 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm EDT! It’s fine to get your copy of the book and start reading! Can’t wait to talk to you […]

Book Review: Man Mission by Eytan Uliel – 4 stars

This is the first time I’ve ever been given an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of a book to promote as part of a blog tour (thank you, Sage!) and I’m really glad that this was my first choice! Man Mission, is Eytan Uriel’s true coming of age story told through a recounting of fifteen years […]

A Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club?

Who would like to join me for a Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club?  I don’t currently have a book club IRL and I know that many of you are book lovers just like me!  I’m thinking of selecting 5 books each month and creating a poll.  Readers would vote for their favorite title and, […]