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JACK FROST: THE END BECOMES THE BEGINNING by William Joyce (The Guardians #5)

I hardly have words for how much I love this book (and The Guardians series)! I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot, because Jack Frost is the final (5th) book in the series and I don’t want to accidentally give away plot points from books earlier in the series. I … Continue reading

THE MYSTERIOUS HOWLING by Maryrose Wood (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)

The Mysterious Howling is a re-read for me. I didn’t really care for it¬† in 2010 when I first read it upon its initial publication. So why would I re-read a book I didn’t like in the first place? One of the hosts of a bookish podcast I listen to (Currently Reading–which I HIGHLY recommend) … Continue reading

REDWOOD AND PONYTAIL by K.A. Holt

Redwood and Ponytail is a beautiful LGBTQ coming of age novel for middle-grade readers. Written in free verse by K.A. Holt it is the story of Kate and Tam, who meet at the beginning of their seventh grade year. Kate appears at first to be a stereotypical cheerleader, complete with ponytail, red bow in her … Continue reading

SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES by Christian McKay Heidicker

I picked up Scary Stories for Young Foxes on two different occasions at the library in 2019 and put it back on the shelf. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t interested. When I saw it had been named a 2020 Newbery Honor Book I was still skeptical but decided I would make an effort to … Continue reading

ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen M McManus

Five high school students wind up in detention under suspicious circumstances. When the teacher has to leave the classroom for a moment, one of them will die, leaving the other four as murder suspects. Who is lying? Is anyone telling the truth? I don’t read a ton of YA lit, but I always enjoy a … Continue reading

CLEAN GETAWAY by Nic Stone

11-year-old Scoob (William) jumps at his grandmother’s invitation to accompany her on a road trip in her new RV. He doesn’t know why or where she’s heading but Scoob is anxious to escape his current grounding and the crushing weight of his father’s disappointment at home. Scoob is increasingly concerned by his G’ma’s demeanor and … Continue reading

I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING And Other Nonsense For Mischievous Kids and Immature Adults by Chris Harris; Illustrated by Lane Smith

I’m No Good At Rhyming was a fantastic surprise find for me at the library this month! A slightly-snarkier-Shel-Silverstein-esque collection of fun, witty poems I laughed and chuckled, rolled my eyes and downright delighted in every aspect of this read! Puns, silliness and clever wordplay characterize the text. I was immediately hooked by the first … Continue reading

ALL THE DAYS PAST, ALL THE DAYS TO COME by Mildred D. Taylor

Cassie Logan and her brothers (from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry!) are adults now and anxious to find their lives away from Mississippi where they can no longer tolerate the racial bigotry. They hope to find more opportunities and better treatment in the North. Cassie moves from Mississippi to Ohio, then California and Colorado, … Continue reading

UTTERLY ME, CLARICE BEAN by Lauren Child

I want to share one of my favorites today:¬†Utterly Me, Clarice Bean. I first discovered her in 2006 when my own children were still very small and we were all absolutely in love with the Charlie & Lola picture book series by this same author: Lauren Child. Technically, this is Book #5 in the Clarice … Continue reading

LIFE OF ZARF: TROLL OVERBOARD by Rob Harrell

I unashamedly enjoy the Life of Zarf books! Troll Overboard is the third in the Life of Zarf series. This time Zarf the Troll and his best friends, Kevin Littlepig (always beset with anxiety) and Chester (a spectacularly UNfunny jester-in-training who relies on awful puns and Knock-Knock jokes), head out to sea with Zarf’s grandfather, … Continue reading