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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

FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore was a 3.5/5 star read for me. I love the premise of the story: a young girl finding a way to accept and claim who she is as an individual while simultaneously defining how she belongs in the world around her–all the moments of joyful discovery, of loneliness, and the stings of rejection that … Continue reading

STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson

I was intrigued by the premise of Steelheart: a “Calamity” occurred in our solar system after which some humans develop superhuman powers. These humans are referred to as “Epics.” No one knows why these particular people have been gifted with these incredible abilities. While many superheroes have backstories that involve unusual events resulting in extraordinary … Continue reading

THE SECRET OF DREADWILLOW CARSE by Brian Farrey….A 2020 LOVELACE Nominee Division I

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse is a perfect example of why I adore the Maud Hart Lovelace awards.  I always try to read all of the nominees before the school year starts so I can speak intelligently about them when students or parents ask me.  I have discovered more than one gem among the nominees … Continue reading

FAIRY MOM AND ME by Sophie Kinsella

I grabbed Fairy Mom and Me from the library shelves because I have enjoyed reading Sophie Kinsella’s novels for adults.  They have a light sense of play and good-heartedness that’s nice to cruise through every once in a while for pure enjoyment.  When I saw she had written the first in a series of books for … Continue reading

THE STRANGERS (Greystone Secrets #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Strangers is the first in a new series, Greystone Secrets, by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The Greystones live in Ohio with their mother, Kate. (Their father died eight years before we meet them.) The story begins with the three Greystone children–Chess (6th grade), Emma (4th Grade) and Finn (2nd Grade)–racing each other home from school … Continue reading


A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.  The main character is Harper, a young girl in the 21st century.  Harper lives with cerebral palsy, her father is gone, her mother is terminally ill and her brother now seems to be participating in increasingly sketchy situations.  Rhen is … Continue reading


Max and the Midknights is a new series by Lincoln Peirce, the creator of the Big Nate series.  I enjoyed Big Nate stories immensely with my children when they were in elementary school.  I am so thrilled that this new series does not disappoint!  As implied by the title, Max and the Midknights takes place in medieval times.  … Continue reading

THE LOST GIRL by Anne Ursu

The Lost Girl centers around two identical twin sisters, Iris and Lark.  Iris tends to be more practical and Lark is the daydreamer, drawn more to fantasy than fact. The girls feel sure that “they have better outcomes when they are together.” When the book begins Iris and Lark are about to enter 5th grade.  … Continue reading

IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA by Muon Van…2016-17 Star of the North nominee

In a Village By the Sea was an unexpected treasure for me!  Both the text and the illustrations are built around the basic “house that Jack built…” story structure: In a fishing village by the sea there is a small house.   In that house high above the waves is a kitchen.   In that kitchen… … Continue reading