Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Shoutout! Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler is a wonderful retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, one of my favorite comedies. Tyler has captured Kate perfectly in this update, and the characters that orbit Kate’s crazy world are quirky but real in true Anne Tyler fashion. Anne Tyler, you should write more comedy because…

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner

I haven’t been posting reviews of books I’ve read for pleasure, but now I’m going to give Shoutout!s to those books as I read them. First up is The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner Grades 4-6. On a lovely, sunny day at the beach in August, I sat on the porch of the rented beach…

The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James

The Elephant Never Forgets • The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James • Alfred A. Knopf: New York. Available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. Hardcover $22.73. With novels constructed on interlocking stories, authors run the risk of one or more of the tales not meeting the same mark on the compelling scale, leaving…