Michelle Isenhoff

Year: 2015

The Educational Benefits of Audiobooks

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” –Jim Trelease, author of The Read Alound Handbook The Benefits of Reading Aloud When I attended college back in the 1990’s, we elementary education majors got an earful about the 1985 findings of the U.S. Department […]

Alora series, by Tamie Dearen

Today I have the honor of introducing you to author Tamie Dearen. I met Tamie last spring. We’re in the Clean Indie Reads group together. When she asked for initial proofreaders for book two of the series that features below, I had just finished up Ella Wood, so I volunteered.  (My mini-review: clean, compelling, hugely imaginative, and lovely. […]

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

This book isn’t exactly children’s literature, though it is appropriate for a young adult audience. I’m featuring it today because its subject is so incredibly intertwined with that of my latest book, Ella Wood. In fact, The Invention of Wings was recommended to me by two of my blog readers after I began sharing snipets of […]

Taylor Davis Serial Adventures

Yes, after announcing yesterday that I’ll be posting less frequently, I’m back already with big news to share! Taylor Davis is releasing as individual episodes!            My Taylor Davis series has been something of an enigma. When I poll kids familiar with my work, it’s almost unfailingly cited as their favorite of all my […]

Keeping Safe the Stars, by Sheila O’Connor

This is a sweet, unhurried story that takes place in 1972. Pride Star, newly thirteen and the oldest of three siblings, lives with their grandfather, Old Finn. Except Old Finn left for the hospital and doesn’t come back. With just ten dollars in the cupboard, Pride tries her hardest to take care of her family. […]

Ragesong: Uprising (Ragesong, 2), by J. R. Simmons

I read book one of this series last fall and loved it. (Read my review here.) Because I was also furiously pounding out Ella Wood, it took me some time to return to the series. With my project completed and the third Ragesong book just about ready to hit the virtual shelves, I picked up book two. […]

A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park

This is the remarkable story of Salva Dut, a survivor of the Sudanese Civil War that raged from 1983-2002. Salva spent years walking, avoiding the war, living in refuge camps—surviving. He was one of the lucky ones who eventually migrated to America. He then chose to return to drought-ridden Sudan and drill wells in poor […]

The Mosque Hill Fortune, by Vivienne Mathews

This is the tale of two otters, both sea captains, both strong and self-assured, both masters of their own crew. Marshall, son of the famous (and missing) relic hunter, is the darling of the Secoran navy, master of weaponry, loyal, honest, and stalwart. McKinley the Marauder, infamous pirate, quick on his feet, adaptable, brash, and […]

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