Love and Other Foreign Words – book review

July 14, 2018

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Josie is part of a close-knit family who understand her even if they don’t always speak the same language.  Josie is pretty particular about her likes and dislikes and when her older sister brings home her fiancé, Geoff, she takes an immediate dislike to him.  He is SO obnoxious – talks far too…


Hungry – book review

July 14, 2018

Hungry by H. A. Swain Dystopian Science Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Thalia’s mother helped create the innovative nutritional substitute and drugs that feed everyone and suppress their appetites and other urges (Synthamil).  No one really eats or cooks anymore and there isn’t any food (there may not be any plants or animals either, as previous generations poisoned the Earth).  Now her parents work for the company that…


Science of Breakable Things – book review

June 30, 2018

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Natalie is in 7th grade and she has a goofy science teacher who really wants his students to love science as much as he does.  Natalie has a hard time taking him seriously, but she’s having trouble taking anything seriously right now, as her mother has fallen into a depression and won’t come out…


Enchantment of Ravens – book review

June 19, 2018

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson Fantasy Fair Folk Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Isobel, a human girl living in Whimsy, a human settlement within the bounds of the Fair Folk, is only seventeen, but she is a master of her Craft – painting – and fair folk are always seeking her out to paint their portraits.  When she learns that the autumn prince, Rook, is returning,…


Halfway Normal

June 2, 2018

Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Norah Levy is in remission (she had leukemia) and is returning to school (7th grade) after being out sick for 2 years.  Although her academics are in good shape thanks to her tutor, her friendships and social life are kind of in turmoil.  Almost everyone treats Norah like she’s still sick – her guidance counselor won’t even…


War That Saved My Life

May 24, 2018

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ada (11) was born with a clubfoot and lives with her mam and little brother, Jamie, in London, where she is required to stay hidden from the world.  When the war (WWII) breaks out, Ada takes the opportunity to evacuate herself and Jamie to the countryside, where they are put…


Be Prepared

May 21, 2018

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Vera Brosgol felt left out among her classmates who all came from wealthier, two-parent households.  All the other kids got to go away to camp in the summer, and Vera is always stuck at home.  Then she finds out about a special summer camp for Russian immigrants that her church will subsidize if she attends. …


Serpent’s Secret – book review

May 16, 2018

The Serpent’s Secret Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1 by Sayantani Dasgupta Adventure Fantasy Mythology Tween * * * Stars (Pretty good) Kiranmala thinks she’s just an ordinary Jersey kid, but on her 12th birthday, she finds out she’s really a princess from another dimension.  Before she can even really wrap her mind around that her guardians (people she’s thought were her parents all these years) are kidnapped, her house…



Brave sequel to Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Jensen is playing his way through each of his days of middle school like it’s a videogame – complete with monsters (other students who bully him) that he has to dodge between classes and after school.  He thought he was tight with some kids from the art club, but one of the girls…

May 11, 2018

Time Museum – book review

May 2, 2018

The Time Museum Book #1 by Matthew Loux Adventure Graphic Novel Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) While visiting her uncle over summer vacation Delia Bean follows a kiwi bird into the woods and discovers the Earth Time Museum.  It’s a museum of all of planet Earth’s history from all times – past, present, and future!  She learns her uncle runs the place and…