middle-grade

Children’s Book Review: Ellie, Engineer By Jackson Pearce

ELLIE, ENGINEER By: Jackson Pearce Published: January 16, 2018 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Fiction/Middle-Grade Ellie is a smart, young girl who likes “boy stuff” and “girl stuff”. She likes to build and create things, play soccer, get dirty, wear pretty skirts (with her tool belt, of course), and have tea parties with her best friend,…
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Quick Lit: Mini Reviews of Some Recent Reads – February Edition

  I’m trying to read more books that I choose 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 or have been on my to-read list for a long time so they don’t really…
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Children’s Book Review: Our Story Begins By Elissa Brent Weissman

OUR STORY BEGINS Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids Edited by: Elissa Brent Weissman Published: July 4, 2017 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Non-Fiction I have a daughter who loves to write. In fact, just a few weeks ago, she showed me…
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Books that Came in January 2018

Well, it has been so good to get back to regular reading. I have been making the time to read whether I am at home in my favorite chair, riding in the van to a ball game, waiting for an appointment, or during my lunch. I always have a book going on my phone, on…
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Thirteen Books I Can’t Stop Talking About from 2017

I’ve had a hard time coming up with my favorite books from 2017. I read some really great books in 2017. As always, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a small number, especially when there are so many genres, writing styles, and great authors. But, there are always books that stand out, stay…
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Children’s Book Review: Towers Falling By Jewell Parker Rhodes

TOWERS FALLING By: Jewell Parker Rhodes Published: July 12, 2016 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Fiction/Junior Fiction Several years ago, I read Jewell Parker Rhodes book on Hurricane Katrina. It too was written for middle-grade readers as a way to understand what happened during the disaster in New Orleans. NINTH WARD focused on…
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Children’s Book Review: One Good Thing About America By Ruth Freeman

ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA By: Ruth Freeman Published: March 21, 2017 Publisher: Holiday House Fiction/Middle-Grade Fiction If you have ever moved and had to start over in a new school or new community or a new job, you can identify with that feeling of uncertainty and trepidation. But, imagine starting over in a new…
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Children’s Book Review: Sam’s Top Secret Journal – Memorial Day By Dr. Sean Adelman

SAM’S TOP SECRET JOURNAL Memorial Day – Book 3 By: Dr. Sean Adelman Published: February 5, 2015 Publisher: Raise Expectations Fiction Sam is a 9th grader who also has down syndrome. She tries to fit in and be like everyone else but knows that sometimes she is just too different. Sometimes others treat her poorly and…
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