Join us TONIGHT at 8pm EDT! Mama Panda’s Virtual Book Club to discuss All Of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil!

Use the Google Calendar link below to sign up for the discussion and add it to your calendar! We will meet via Google Hangouts. We will have special input from Michelle Ruiz Keil, the author! Meeting shoud last about 1 hour! Click here to register: Registration To enter the Hangout when the meeting begins, please […]

Two Book Reviews! The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – 4.5 stars!

Let me start off by saying that my experience has been that it’s fairly rare to find a book and its sequel that are equally well written and compelling. However, I’m happy to say that The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley are solid exceptions to […]

Just 7 days until the next Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club Meeting. All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil at 8:00pm EDT, July 15th!

Join us via Google Hangout! We’ll have discussion questions provided by the author and a giveaway at the end of the session! If you still haven’t purchased your copy of the book, get it here: All of Us With Wings You still have plenty of time to read it!

Backlist Middle Grade Book Review: The True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp by Kathy Appelt – 5 stars!

I think it’s fair to say that my son and I read A TON of books together. That being said, it’s no small compliment to say that The True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt is our hands-down mutual favorite! This book is a frolicking romp through the swamp from two […]

Backlist Book Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman – 3.5 stars

It seems, if Goodreads is any indication, that this book is quite polarizing. Folks seem to love it or hate it. For me, however, The Two-Family House was simple a pleasant surprise. I was concerned that it might be formulaic and predictable but it didn’t, in my option, turn out to be that way at […]

Middle Grade Book Review: A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan – 4.5 stars

If you are a book nerd like me, you have to love a book that reads like love letter to libraries! Add in a quirky, lovable cadre of characters and a strong sense of what it means to be a middle schooler and you have the absolute winner that is A Kind of Paradise by […]

Book Review: Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults by Audrey Monke – 5 stars!

If you’ve seen my other recent posts, then you know that we just sent my 11-year old son to overnight camp for the first time. It was quite the learning experience for all of us so I was extremely interested in reading Happy Campers by Audrey Monke. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect…was she […]

TV Show Review: The Umbrella Academy for Tweens? – 3.5 stars

After binge watching all of the seasons of Stranger Things (more on that in another post,) my 11 year old son and I found ourselves looking for another series to enjoy together. Enter The Umbrella Academy: A Netflix Original series inspired by a line of comic books. It definitely has a superhero/sci-fi bent as characters […]

Book Review: The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani – 4 stars

Don’t let anyone tell you that this book is formulaic and trite! I’ve read some other reviews and audiences are decidedly split: 1) Those who adore this book and 2) Those who thought it was predictable. I’m usually one to leave the opposing opinion alone but, in this case, I have to say, I heartily […]

Book Review: Bloom Where You’re Planted by Lasairiona McMaster – 3.5 stars

I’m sure some folks are wondering why I would even bother to read a book about being an expat! Are the Navins considering relocating somewhere else in the world for work? For fun? I’ll be honest…when I was asked to review this book, I skimmed the book blurb and said ‘yes!’ When I started reading […]