Michelle Isenhoff

Month: April 2012

The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley, 1941, Book Review

I relived some of the best moments from my childhood over the last two weeks as I shared the all-time greatest book ever with my boys. As a young girl, I spent a good deal of time dreaming of horses. And much of the blame for that can be laid at the feet of Mr. […]

Setting Goals

For self-published authors, setting goals is tremendously beneficial.  As writer, publisher and marketer, we have a lot to do. For me, written goals help me lay out my overall purpose, they establish baby steps to see that I get there, they help me prioritize, and they keep me accountable. Rather than talk this topic to […]

Torn (The Missing, Book 4), by Margaret Peterson Haddix, 2011, Book Review

Ms. Haddix has created another intriguing, vastly imaginative and clean adventure for middle readers. Jonah and Katherine have been sent to 1611 to fix the Ripple released by Second, a maverick time traveler from the future, in 1605. Their journey lands them on the deck of the Discovery, captained by Henry Hudson the great (or […]

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, book one), by Rick Riordan, 2010, Book Review

Rick Riordan is a master of modern tween story-telling. He keeps the action fast-pitch, his characters feel distinct and real, and he writes kid-funny. No wonder his name is repeatedly at the top of the best-sellers list. The Red Pyramid is a 516 page battle of good vs. evil.  Sadie and Carter are two siblings that […]

Kindle e-Books for iPad, iPhone & iPod – Guest Post by S. W. Lothian

Today I have a guest post by fellow blogger and middle grade author, S. W. Lothian. It’s actually an abbreviated repost of his March 28 content, which ties in nicely with my last post, Using your Personal Computer as an Ereader. You can read Mr. Lothian’s original article here, and check out his blog and his […]

Using Your Personal Computer as an Ereader

(Here’s where to find free Kindle apps for your phone, ipod/ipad, etc.) How to read ebooks on a pc is a topic that seems to be popping up around me a lot lately, especially from kids who do not own ereaders.  So it was time for a concise post on this subject. Yes, you can use […]

The Celery Stalks at Midnight, by James Howe, 1983, Book Review

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of artichokes? This title and catch phrase just cracked me up. This is the third in the Bunnicula series. It took only four days to read aloud, and my boys enjoyed it, but it isn’t quite the caliber of Howliday Inn, which isn’t quite the caliber of […]

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall, 2004, Book Review

The Penderwick family is one of those families you want to be a part of. Twelve-year-old Rosalind, with her common sense and maturity, has done a fine job mothering her sisters since their mother’s death. Sky, one year younger, athletic, tomboyish and hot-tempered, keeps things stirred up. Jane, age 10, has enough imagination for the […]

Trail of Fate (the Youngest Templar, book two), by Michael P. Spradlin, 2009, Book Review

This is the second book in The Youngest Templar series. If you are unfamiliar with the first one, read my review. Wow!  Michael P. Spradlin knows how to write a cliffhanger! I need to write this quickly and start the next book. It’s sitting here beside me. Tristin, Maryam and Robard survive book one’s shipwreck, […]

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, 1959, Book Review

“I left New York in May.  I had a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, and $40, which I had saved from selling magazine subscriptions.  I also had some flint and steel which I had bought at a Chinese store in the city.”  And with that, Sam Gribley left his city apartment filled with […]

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