Michelle Isenhoff

Year: 2015

Flying the Dragon, by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Skye has a cousin, Hiroshi, she has never met. Because Hiroshi lives in Japan, and Skye was born in America. But when Grandfather grows ill, Skye’s Japanese relatives move to America for Grandfather’s treatment. Skye is embarrassed to have Hiroshi in class with her. He can’t speak English well. He’s completely unaware how “uncool” he […]

From the Emblazon newsletter…

Our new Emblazon catalog is here! Do you have children between 9 and 14? Let us help you turn them into lifelong readers.  The Emblazon authors have been hard at work this year adding to our fine collection of tween literature. We’re nearing 100 titles! Now, just in time for the gift-giving season, they have been collected in one […]

Blood on the River, by Elisa Carbone

I discovered this book several years ago, when I was looking for historical fiction to suppliment an American history class I was teaching to my then-homeschooled daughter. I’ve just finished reading it with both of my boys for the same class. I’m still impressed. This is the story of Jamestown, told through the eyes of […]

Constance, A Story of Early Plymouth, by Patricia Clapp, 1968

Constance Hopkins was a passenger onboard the Mayflower. The daughter of Stephen Hopkins, neither she nor her father were part of the congregation of Separatist we commonly call Pilgrims but members of the Virginia Company. At least Steven was. Constance was merely fourteen when she made the journey. This is her story, the tale of […]

Bone by Bone by Bone, by Tony Johnston

First let me give you fair warning. This one has excessive language. Often very offensive language. Obscenities, profanities. So why on earth am I featuring it? Because for mature readers, it offers a very honest, hard look at prejudice. Bone by Bone by Bone takes place in Tennessee in the 1950’s. David Church is the […]

Out of the Silent Planet (The Cosmic Trilogy), by C.S. Lewis (1938)

A huge fan of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, I recently purchased the first in his “adult” sci-fi trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet. It’s comparable to H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, who wrote a few decades earlier than Lewis. But I found I didn’t care for this one as much as the work I’ve read […]

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