Michelle Isenhoff

Year: 2012

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, 2012

Ivan has lived at the Exit 8 Big Top Circus Mall since he was a juvenile gorilla, just off I-95 and under the billboard lauding “The One and Only Ivan.”  His best friends include Stella, the aging elephant, Bob the stray dog, and Julia, the daughter of the janitor.  But the Big Top isn’t faring […]

A Look Forward and a Look Back

What a year! There are things about 2012 I’d like to repeat and things I never want to go through again. I suppose that’s like any other year. As far as my writing is concerned, it’s also been a mixed bag. Now it’s time once again to pick out the highlights, celebrate the goals met, […]

Tears of a Tiger, by Sharon Draper, 1994, Book Review

“In Memorium Robbie Washington, captain of our basketball team, was killed after the November 7 game in a terrible automobile accident…” …and Andy was the one driving the car. Drunk. He didn’t mean for it to happen. He didn’t want anyone to get hurt, especially not his best friend. They were just having a bit […]

Son (The Giver, book four), by Lois Lowry, 2012, Book Review

This year I read (in some cases, reread) through The Giver trilogy.  Patricia Tilton, of Children’s Books Heal, read one of my reviews and decided to take on the trilogy herself.  She discovered that Ms. Lowry had just published a fourth book this year.  I located it right away.  Thanks for the heads up, Pat! Son […]

Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage, 2012, Book Review

Meet Mo LoBeau, eleven-year-old spitfire from the town of Tupelo Landing, NC and her best friend, Dale Earnhart Johnson III. (The three is for the immortal legend’s race car number, of course.) Yup, you’ve just landed in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business–which is a good thing, according to Miss Lana, because […]

Papa’s Latkes, by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by Stacey Schuett, 2004, book review

Happy Hanukkah, everyone! No, we’re not Jewish, but my family likes to celebrate Hanukkah. And this is one of the picture books I like to read every year. It doesn’t really explain the meaning behind the holiday, so it’s not a great teaching tool, but it’s flavored with hope and family, two of the holiday’s […]

The Secret School, by Avi, 2001, Book Review

Avi is one of my favorite children’s authors. This isn’t one of his more celebrated works, but it’s still a cute read, well-written, and it illustrates the difficult life of farmers in Colorado in the 1920’s. Most especially, it highlights the one room schoolhouse. Ida Bidson is in eighth grade. Next year she’s looking forward […]

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