New Jim Crow – Read It and Rate It

June 19, 2019

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Non-fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “The New Jim Crow” is about how the US’s system of mass incarceration is a new form of a racial caste system similar to that of Jim Crow. It explains all aspects of the system from the war on Drugs, unfair policies, sentencing and plea bargains, the experience of jail, and most importantly…


Sisters – Read It and Rate It

June 15, 2019

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel Non-fiction Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) 2 sisters, 1 car. One week to go. They fight and they don’t get along. It’s hot. They are going to Colorado, but it takes a week. Will they survive each other?


Cat Encyclopedia for Kids – Read It and Rate It

June 12, 2019

The Cat Encyclopedia for Kids by Joanne Mattern Non-fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This was a great book. It had many juicy details and great steps for taking care of lovely cats and kittens. I would recommend this book for anyone that is going to get a cat or kitten or is in love with (or liking) cats or kitten.


Proud – book review

January 9, 2019

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Mohammed Biography/Autobiography/Memoir Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ibtihaj Muhammad describes her path to the 2016 Olympics from her childhood, where her parents encouraged all of their children to participate in sports, discovery of fencing (her mother was actually the one who saw the fencing team practicing at the high school Ibti was to attend and pushed her to…


Welcome, Wombat – book review

December 5, 2018

Welcome, Wombat True Tales of Rescue series by Kama Einhorn Juvenile/Tween Nonfiction Wombats Animal Rescue * * * * Stars (Great!) Chance, the wombat, narrates a welcome to newly rescued “pinky” Panzer and shares wombat facts and information about the sanctuary and humans who have taken them in to raise and keep safe until such a time comes when they can return to the wild.  Details about wombat nature and…


Smile – Read It and Rate It

April 3, 2018

Smile by Raina Telgemeier Graphic novel Nonfiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) Very captivating.  Love the pictures.  The story is so believable.  I can so relate to her getting braces.  Her whole family is pretty much EXACTLY like mine.  CREEPY. Review #2 * * * * Stars (Great!) I liked “Smile” because the girl in “Smile” Raina had a lot of things happen to her teeth. She…


Radium Girls

March 30, 2018

Radium Girls by Kate Moore Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) During WWI a number of young women worked in factories as dial painters – using radium paint to illuminate the numbers and dials of wristwatches and console panels.  They did not know then that radium was harmful.  Over time, these women developed terrible and debilitating illnesses, many of which proved to be fatal.  Those that sought medical assistance…


Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

December 22, 2017

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung Biography Graphic Novel Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Debbie Tung is an introvert who likes to spend time alone with books and tea and other comforting rituals.  She gets run down quickly when she has to spend time with other people – social interactions and casual gatherings can be hard for her.  Before she learned that…


I Have Lived a Thousand Years

December 20, 2017

I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton Jackson Non-Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This book was about a young Jewish girl trying to survive the Holocaust.  It tells of the horrors that went on and gives a first-person, inside view of everything that went on while she was there with her mother.  This book reminds us of how horrible man can be.