Gr. 4-7 Twelve-year-old Chantal and her father fish the River Seine at night in German-occupied Paris to provide much-needed food for their city and themselves. After several puzzlingly unsuccessful nights, Chantal discovers the incredible reason why the fish have disappeared: a young whale! Secretly, she befriends the whale and names him Franklin, after the American president whose troops are about to liberate her country … [Read More]
Gr. 7-12 Joshua is a master of card tricks. Sophia is a math prodigy with an eidetic memory and an obsession with Doctor Who. Since seventh grade, Joshua has concealed his crush on her, but as high-school graduation approaches, he finds a way to express his feelings, gently and via magic—slipping playing cards and other things surreptitiously into her locker, backpack, and so on. When Sophia is overwhelmed by anxiety after they kiss, Josh goes with the flow and devises […]
Young Adult Rom-Com for the Win! • A New York Times bestseller • Girl has goal (break the glass ceiling in the world of coding without “IIH” distractions). Boy has goal (woo the girl his parents have arranged for him to marry before they both go off to college). Boy meets girl but stages disastrous introduction (“Hello, future wife. I can’t wait to get started on the rest of our lives!”). Girl tosses Starbucks iced coffee at this “loony bin […]
I know it’s quick and easy to just click on one of the blog posts on my home page, but in truth, there are many more reviews to be found on this web site. Go up to the top right-hand of this page. You’ll then see the different categories of books reviewed. Go ahead. Try it. Then poke around on the various pages! That’s what they’re there for!
Gr. 5-8 Eighth grade, like every other year of Felix Yz’s life, isn’t easy, but right now, it’s increasingly intense. Why? He is inhabited by a fourth-dimensional creature, Zyx, whose presence forces Felix’s body into a hunched stance he calls “the Pose.” One month before undergoing a procedure designed to separate the boy from his alien, Felix starts a detailed blog of his life, challenges, and thoughts. Told as a daily countdown, Felix records when he’s bullied, when he finally […]
One Woman’s Quest to Erase Poverty in India India was the farthest thing from Katrell Christie’s mind in 2007 when the former roller derby competitor and art buyer purchased a tea shop in her hometown of Atlanta. She christened the shop Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party simply because she liked the whimsical sound of it. Less than two years later, India was foremost in her mind. During an impulsive trip to India suggested by a customer, her organization, The Learning […]
Gr. 9-12. Picking up where Escaping Perfect (2016) left off, Cecilia Montgomery is aided in her second escape by friends from Sweetbriar, Tennessee. But her mother, Senator Montgomery, decides to invade Cecilia’s favorite little town and make it her presidential campaign HQ so she can keep an eye on her daughter. Everyone there loves the spotlight except Cecilia, who remains under her mother’s thumb. [Read More]
Grades 9-12. Emma Lorde knows she’s a lucky girl because her hunky boyfriend, popular Dillon Hobbs, loves her without question. That’s the only thing right in her life after her parents’ messy divorce and her subsequent move halfway across Arizona with her father. But big problems face Emma as her senior year slides into its second semester and life at home grows more complicated. [Read More] Save