Michelle Isenhoff

Year: 2014

Wish You Weren’t, by Sherrie Peterson

I came across this book through a friend and was struck immediately by the cover. Then I read the first chapter, which is posted on Ms. Peterson’s website. I loved it and bought the book. That first chapter sets up the problem beautifully. Marten’s family is moving. His parents expect a lot from him. And […]

The Hobbit

Now that I’ve seen the final Hobbit movie and laid Peter Jackson’s trilogy to rest, it’s time to return to the book review I wrote two years ago in anticipation of the first installment, which included a few predictions. Let’s see how I did… Bilbo Baggins was a respectable hobbit. He “never had any adventures […]

The Candy Shop War, by Brandon Mull

This was a fantastic book. The kind I’ve come to expect from Mr. Mull. The only downside? I was craving Milk Duds all week. Nate isn’t thrilled about moving to a new neighborhood, but he quickly makes friends with Summer, Trevor, and Pidgeon, who will all be starting fifth grade with him, and is accepted […]

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth E. Wein

Wow. Simply wow. I was actually disappointed when I first opened this book. The heroine, she calls herself “Queenie”, admits right away to being a Nazi collaborator. She’s spineless, cowardly, and terrified. And she swears. A lot. But this book won several awards last year (Printz Honor Book, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, Shortlisted […]

Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan

I have wanted to read Sarah, Plain and Tall for years and years. Decades. It just never got onto my reading list till I stumbled across it this summer and it came to memory again. This one is well-decorated. It took the Newbery, Scott O’Dell Award, and Kite Award in 1986—all prestigious honors. Did the […]

Legend of Monster Island (Monster Moon, 3), by BBH McChiller

Just a reminder…the Emblazon Rafflecopter is going on till Monday. There’s still time to enter to win a Kindle loaded with 52 books. Or drop by the live Facebook party happening all day today for lots of smaller prizes. Okay, carry on… This series is a favorite with my boys. They like the books because they’re creepy […]

Second Baptist Church of Detroit

Second Baptist Church of Detroit is a historic and still-functioning church that is featured in my middle grade historical fiction novel, The Candle Star. Organized in 1836, a year before Michigan became a state, it is the oldest Black congregation in the state. Shortly after it’s founding, the members became active in the Underground Railroad, […]

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