NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ALMANAC 2018 Published: May 9, 2017 Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books Non-Fiction Are your kids in the summer slide…losing their reading and thinking skills because their brains are focused on video games, days at the pool, or Netflix? In this last month of summer, get their brains in gear by giving them…

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SURGEON’S STORY Inside OR-3 with One of America’s Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons By: Mark Oristano with Kristine Guleserian, MD Published: February 28, 2017 Publisher: Authority Publishing Non-Fiction I’m participating in the Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour for Oristano’s book, SURGEON’S STORY. I love medical memoirs and this focus on a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon was…

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THE BREAKDOWN By: B.A. Paris Published: July 18, 2017 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Fiction/Suspense/Mystery/Thriller One of the most riveting thrillers I read last year was Paris’s first novel, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. It made my skin crawl and kept me turning the pages until I finished it. Her sophomore thriller, THE BREAKDOWN is just as creepy…

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ALPHABETTER By: Linda Ragsdale Illustrated by: Martina Hogan Published: April 4, 2017 Publisher: Flowerpot Children’s Press Non-Fiction Do your kids like making up words? Do you ever wish there was a word to describe the joy your child is feeling the first time they ride without training wheels? Do you like combining words to make…

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I’ve read a number of books over the last few months that were for my own reading enjoyment. Not for review, but because I’ve been wanting to read them or they caught my attention. Most of them have been talked about ad nauseam so they don’t really need a full review. But, I’d still like…

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THE GARDEN OF SMALL BEGINNINGS By: Abbi Waxman Published: May 2, 2017 Publisher: Berkley Books Fiction You would think that a novel about a woman recently widowed by her much-too-young husband’s horrific accident and her sudden entrance into the world of single motherhood would be too sad to read. I may have put this one…

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June began with an amazing trip with the kids to Washington DC and New York City. We soaked up the history of our country, sat in lots of traffic, had fun bartering, loved “Wicked” and “The Lion King” on Broadway, walked numerous miles, laughed, and got very little sleep. But it was a blast! So…

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