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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

MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS by Meg Medina…2019 Newbery Medal

Merci Suarez Changes Gears has been on my To Be Read list for awhile and I’m glad I finally had a chance to read it.  Merci Suarez is in 6th grade.  She lives in Florida with her older brother, Roli, and her parents next door to her Tia Ines (and her twin boys) and her … Continue reading

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley…LOVELACE nominee 2017-18

I originally read The War That Saved My Life two years ago when it was first published in 2015 and so I am excited to see it show up on the Lovelace nominee list for 2017-18! The War That Saved My Life is Ava’s story.  When we meet Ava she is nine years old, living … Continue reading

DOLL BONES by Holly Black….2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Doll Bones was not the story I expected it to be, based on my impressions of the cover art, the author’s reputation, the title and the book description blurb.  Unfortunately, once I started reading, it seemed to me that the author didn’t know what kind of story she wanted to tell.  Is this a story … Continue reading

HEART OF A SAMURAI by Margi Preus…a 2014-15 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Heart of a Samurai was my 6th grade son’s choice for our bedtime reading since it is a Lovelace Division II (grades 6-8) nominee this year.  Our entire family was drawn into the story of Manjiro.  His story begins when, as a 14-year-old boy, he and four other fishermen are caught in a terrible storm and shipwrecked on … Continue reading


Splendors and Glooms was a surprise.  I had started it on three separate occasions and couldn’t get into it.  I kept seeing it on book and reader lists so I made myself try again.  I still feel it takes too long to get into the story but I am glad I finally did. It takes place … Continue reading

FLORA & ULYSSES by Kate DiCamillo

I’ve had this book on my to-read list since it came out and I am glad I finally had the opportunity to read it, as I usually enjoy DiCamillo’s work immensely.  Flora & Ulysses is no exception! Because the beginning is so quirky and over-the-top in its humor it took me about 20-30 pages before I … Continue reading

ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia…Lovelace Nominee 2013-14.Division I

Delphine narrates this moving, sweetly humorous story about the month she and her two younger sisters, Vonetta & Fern, travel to Oakland, CA from New York to be re-united with Cecile, the mother who had abandoned them. When the girls land in Atlanta Cecile seems none too happy to see them. There are no smiles or … Continue reading


Three Times Lucky has moved to the top of my New Favorite Books list!  I actually listened to this book on audio and the narrator is spectacular! Mo (short for Moses, since the Colonel rescued her from the floods during a hurricane and didn’t realize she was a girl until later) lives with Miss Lana … Continue reading


Breaking Stalin’s Nose is an interesting read.  Originally I thought the title was a metaphor.  Upon reading the book I discovered that although the title does serve as a metaphor as well, it is actually a description of the pivotal incident of the story. Ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik is a patriotic citizen of the Soviet Republic … Continue reading