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TO NIGHT OWL FROM DOGFISH by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

To Night Owl from Dogfish is the story of Avery and Bett.  They are both 12-year-old girls and both are being raised by a single, gay dad. The story begins with an email from Bett to Avery.  They have never met, but each has received information from her father that the two girls will be … Continue reading

FORGET ME NOT by Ellie Terry

I just finished Forget Me Not, read it in one sitting and couldn’t wait to share it! Forget Me Not is a brilliant debut from new author Ellie Terry.  The story is written from the perspectives of Calliope (Calli), a young girl who loves astronomy, has moved to new towns (and schools)many more times than … Continue reading


Raymie’s father has run off with a dental hygienist but Raymie is convinced that if she can just win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition her father will be so proud of her he will immediately return home.  In pursuit of this plan Raymie is taking baton-twirling lessons where she meets Louisiana Elefante and Beverly … Continue reading

WISH GIRL by Nikki Loftin

Wish Girl–like Nikki Loftin’s work Nightingale’s Nest–has moments where the characters and language seem to transcend the pages of the book.  Peter has been severely bullied at school.  In an effort to change his situation her parents have moved his family to a rural area of Texas. His parents are more extroverted than Peter and … Continue reading


I am torn about my review of Breadcrumbs.  I feel as if I need to write two separate reviews because, unfortunately, this is actually two separate stories.  As this is a local author and I have not yet read her other work (The Cronus Chronicles series) I was looking forward to reading this Lovelace nominee. … Continue reading


  I usually refuse on principle to read books created in conjunction with the release of coordinated toys like the Ever After High dolls in the Barbie/Monster High aisles of stores.  Due to the fact that this particular series is authored by Shannon Hale  (of Princess Academy, The Goose Girl and Rapunzel’s Revenge fame) made … Continue reading


The Hero’s Guide to Saving the Kingdom is now one of my new all-time favorites!  In its pages we are introduced to the Prince Charmings of several well-known fairy tales: the male leads of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.  Frederic was traumatized as a child by a toothless tiger which has resulted in … Continue reading

GUSTAV GLOOM AND THE PEOPLE-TAKER by Adam-Troy Castro Illustrated by Kristen Margiotta

Gustav Gloom and the People-Taker is a quirky story that is part scare-your-socks-off and part chuckle-to-yourself.  Gustav sits in the front yard of the Gloom mansion.  All who see him there are agreed that he appears to be the saddest, loneliest little boy in the world.  Neighbors are NOT pleased to have the Gloom Mansion … 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

B.U.G. [BIG UGLY GUY] by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple

B.U.G. is extraordinarily successful blending of contemporary realistic and fantasy fiction.  In addition to the seamlessly interwoven genres the story embodies the themes at the heart of every individual–particularly young people–trying to decide who we are when overwhelmed by feelings and circumstances. Sammy is bullied mercilessly at school–both physically and emotionally.  His only solace is … Continue reading